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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...
Veer-Zaara is Yash Chopra's masterpiece. It looks amazing, the music is beautifully composed by the late, great Madan Mohan, and the acting is top notch. This is a film where Yash Chopra drops the excessive aesthetics of Dil to Pagal Hai, ditches the Switzerland obsession that defined his career, and instead chooses to focus on India-Pakistan relations in order to deliver a bittersweet film with a strong feminist message. References to his older works, and other Indian films, are abound, such as Silsila's tulip garden, the 786 number obsession, Awaara's court scenes, and that beautiful qawwali setting that aludes to Pakeezah and Mughal-e-Azam. The movie dabbles in melodrama occasionally and can drag on at certain bits, but the scenes are…
Have seen this a few times since 2011.
The first Indian movie I've ever watched. It made me cry. That's good. It means I need more.
Another Bollywood epic, this time based on a true story of the first woman lawyer in Pakistan, who represents an Indian prisoner with no name. Shahrukh Khan is, as always, marvellous, and the support cast are no less so. It's a bit of a weepy, and has an ultimately happy end--with consequences.
Music was shockingly good, narrative was obvious and simultaneously overstuffed and underexplained. Some really nice imagery/landscape shots.
I love this movie. I've seen it like twice in the last 30 days. Cannot get over Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji's performances. And the music. Do Pal, Kyun Hawa, Tere Liye, Main Yahaan Hoon and the deleted Yeh Hum Aa Gaye Hai Kahaan. Beautiful.
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.
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