film is about an Indian man, Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) and
a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta).
is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. A caring person, Veer
always goes out of his way to help others.
on duty, he comes across Zaara, the daughter of an influential Pakistani
politician (Boman Iran).
girl by nature, she is happy to marry the man of her parent's choice.
This happens to be Raza (Manoj Bajpai).
has come to India to full fill her surrogate mother's (Zohra Segal)
last wish and that is to immerse her ashes in the river Ganges.
on her way there the bus she's travelling in has an accident. It's
here that she meets Veer. Their initial friendship starts off on
a sour note, but before they realize it, they had fallen in love.
accompanying her back to the Pakistani border, Veer shows her Punjab,
the place where he grew up.
also gets a chance to meet Veer's uncle (Amitabh Bachchan) and aunty
(Hema Malini) who raised him.
But when Veer is about to propose to her, Raza, comes onto the scene
in search of Zaara. She returns to Lahore with him but life for
her is never the same. Zaara finds it difficult to forget Veer.
her maid rings up Veer in India to tell him how Zaara feels about
him. Veer gives up his job and arrives in Lahore.
meets Zaara and his family but before he could do anything, he is
arrested by the Pakistani police on charges of being a spy. Meanwhile
Zaara is married off to Raza.
two years later, Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukerji), a Pakistani lawyer,
comes to his rescue.
meets an ageing Veer Pratap Singh for the first time. Veer has spoken
to no one. Why is that? And where is Zaara all this time? Saamiya
decides to find truth about this man.
film kicks off on a love angle as the story enfolds with the help
of the melodious songs. As it progresses, we see new characters
appearing, keeping you engrossed.
second half of the film is the one to watch out for. Some scenes
will remain in your mind well after the film finishes.
such as Veer and Zaara meeting at the mosque in the presence of
all the people is well executed. Another scene where Rani Mukerjee
addresses Anupam Kher by another name is simply brilliant.
reappearance of Zaara towards the climax takes the film in a new
direction providing the right impact - pure Yash Chopra style.
credit goes to Aditya Chopra who has written the screenplay. There
is never a dull moment.
musical score by Madan Mohan deserves a mention. The songs blend
well with the scenes and storyline. 'Main Yahan Hoon', 'Lodi', 'Aisa
Des Hai Mera', and 'Aaya Tere Dar Pe' are the best.
Rukh Khan gives an emotional performance as usual. Preity Zinta
brings her character to life with great ease but its Rani Mukerjee
who deserve praise for her acting.
act through your eyes and not using dialogue is an art. Rani for
one, has perfected this.
the whole, Veer Zaara has a great storyline with some unpredictable
twists and emotions, keeping you engrossed throughout.
to be a winner at the UK box office in days to come. So watchout
by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire's Mr Bollywood