A Love Legend
The story of the love between Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian, and Zaara Hayaat Khan, a Pakistani...a love so great it knows no boundaries...
Is it rather cheesy and overwrought at times? Yes. Did the singing get on my nerves every now and then? Also yes. Is it vividly colorful, nicely composed, kinetically choreographed, and, for the most part, well-acted while providing some political and social commentary on the situation between India and Pakistan? The answer is yes once again. It seems that Chopra doesn't know much about subtlety, but goddamn can he put on one hell of a show.
Epic Indian-Pakistani tear-jerker love story, 192 minutes long, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta with Amitabh Bachchan and Kiron Kher in supporting roles. An Indian pilot rescues the daughter of a wealthy Pakistani politician and over a two day period they fall in love but she returns home for a political, arranged marriage and the pilot is jailed in Pakistan as a spy. Twenty-two years later a young female lawyer uncovers the truth with a belated happy ending. Rating 5/5 due to fine acting all around, lush scenery, beautiful music and some terrific dancing.
Veer-Zaara is an epic tale of forbidden love, used as a metaphor for Indian-Pakistani politics. Wait! Come back! What could have been heavy work is transformed with Yash Chopra's lightness of touch, the beautiful locations and the outstanding performances of Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta, who prove why they're such huge stars. Although Bollywood is known for its entertainment, in my opinion, it's at its best when reflecting on the society around it.