Producer/s: Yash Chopra
Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan
Music: The late Madan Mohan (Music Recreated by: Sanjeev Kohli)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Veer-Zaara aims to bridge the differences between people in India and Pakistan through a touching love story between an Indian pilot and a Pakistani girl. Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. He helps Zaara Hayat Khan (Preity Zinta), a Pakisthani girl who has come to India to immerse the ashes of her Sikh maid (Zohra Sehgal) who has brought her up with utmost affection. They fall in love. But Zaara is soon to be engaged to be married to Raza Shirazi (Manoj Bajpai). Zaara cannot compromise her father Jahangir Hayat Khan?s (Boman Irani) future as a politician in Pakistan. Jahangir wants Zaara to marry Raza Shirazi because that would help him achieve his dreams. Veer comes to Pakisthan to meet Zaara and pursuade her to marry him. Mariam (Kiron Kher), Zaara's mother pleads with Veer to return to India and he does agree after a dramatic scene, which probably is the best moment in the film. As he is about to board the bus he is arrested by Pakistani cops under false charges of spying. Veer now cannot open his mouth to protect Zaara?s honour and agrees that he is a RAW agent and his name is Rajesh Rathore. He is jailed. 22 years later, a lawyer from a human rights organisation Samiya Siddqui (Rani Mukerji) opens his case and pleads with him to talk. Veer finally talks but tells her that he does not want Zaara or her family name tarnished and hence dissuades Samiya from referring to her at all. How will Samiya help Veer. Will she be able to unite the two lovers? Veer Zaara drags in the first half as there are too many songs. The second half is fast and pacy and you get to see some brilliant performances. The climax is the twist in the tale. Shah Rukh Khan delivers a wonderful performance as Veer. Preity also has given a splendid performance. Rani as Samiya shows a lot of depth in her performance. Rest of the cast lend able support. Music is not too good and probably the biggest drawback. The cinematography by Anil Mehta is breathtaking however editing is not up to the mark. Yash Chopra has given the film a great emotional touch but thats about it. Its time he gives the public something new.