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This movie introduces us to Veer, a man imprisoned unjustly in prison for twenty-two years, and Somayya, his young, beautiful lawyer trying to get him out. Veer tells Somayya his story of why he's there. It's long, yet beautiful, touching, poignant, and emotional.
Throughout the film, marvelous song-and-dance numbers are interspersed (My favorite song- "Lado"), making the viewer want to "get theeself to Indian dance lessons."
Lastly, the movie leaves a few lessons on the viewer's mind. The first, what is a border, but a line drawn on a map? The second, what is life without love?
Unfolding slowly with the bright and vibrant colors of an Indian quilt, this rich and moving romantic epic is the more hopeful side of "The English Patient." Whereas that film was haunted by love, Veer Zaara revels in and embraces it. The notion that destiny can sometimes overcome circumstance because, in the end, love really is all, has rarely been so wonderfully presented.
It begins in shadow, however, as a young beautiful Pakistani named Saamiya Siddique (Rani Mukherji) comes to aid a man known only as 786 who has been imprisoned for the past 22 years. Saamiya knows his name was once Veer Pratap Singh (Shahrukh Khan) and when she uses it, the floodgates of memory open and ever so slowly the story of love which brought him there is revealed. It is her belief that once she hears it she can prove his innocence and free him, despite the handicap of gender presented in her country.
Veer is an Indian rescue pilot and Zaara (Preity Zinta) is a young Pakistani girl trying to bring her Bebe's ashes back home to India before she must return and marry Raza. It is an arranged marriage benefitting both their powerful and respected families but one that is draining Zaara's sprit. There is both humor and romance against the colorful backdrop of the two countries, which despite religious differences, director Chopra shows are closely tied together.
His Indian Uncle and Aunt, who have raised him, embrace Zaara as their own, and only when she must return does Veer learn she is bethrothed to another. He only knows he loves her and wants to be the one to marry her, but nothing of her feelings. It is a story of two hearts crossing borders, their love a river deep and flowing.Read more ›
Even though my parents are from India, my brother and I didn't watch many Hindi/Bollywood movies growing up. At home, my family either spoke English or Konkani (an Indo-Aryan language belonging to the Indo-European family of languages spoken on the western coast of India as well as the official language of the state of Goa, and a minority language in the state of Karnataka and northern Kerala) so with the exception of the sporadic Hindi classes we took as children, we did not have much experience with Hindi.
Because we understand very little (just a few random words, phrases, etc.) of Hindi, and subtitles were not available on the VHS tapes, we had to rely on our mom for translation of the dialogue. Though I'm sure she tried her best, what would inevitably happen is that while she was translating one segment of conversation, she would miss the next one, so there would be huge gaps in the translation, and often essential dialogue would deliberately (if she didn't want to translate something, thinking we weren't old enough to hear it) or accidently left out. So we had to figure out the story from the pictures and inconsistent & incomplete translations.
As a result, we didn't watch many Bollywood movies growing up (the only Hindi movies I saw in childhood & adolescence were ...Read more ›
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Have become rather addicted to Shahrukh Khan. Something about him just moves me, and it's hard to explain. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Galina
Makes me cry all his movies give
So sad but wanna watch all over again
It needs no review! Look at the male starring in it, need I say more...Published 1 month ago by sephronia
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE LOVE STORIES I HAVE EVER SEEN. EVEN AGAINST ALL ODDS, VEER AND ZAARA PROVE THEIR FAITHFUL LOVE FOR EACH OTHER THAT IS OVER AND BEYOND WHAT WE... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I don't usually review what I watch, but this film was outstanding! A love story like no other. Done wonderfully.Published 2 months ago by Jaynemarie C. Crawford
So many of his stories are not just entertaining but have morals and values to them. A beautiful love story with many more messages, integrity, women's education, real love,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patsy
Excellent movie. The music is super. I love the song "Do Pal Ruka ... Tum kaha Hum kaha". I do not understand much of Hindi, but the scene with this song stole my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Ahmed