‘Veer-Zaara’ (2004)was one of the most hotly awaited of Yash Chopra۪s career where fans were raving about how fantastic the film was even without having seen a moment of it. After release, the film became the biggest money grossing Bollywood film of the year both at home and internationally. It was also exhibited at prominent film festivals across the globe and won several awards at Indian film ceremonies.
Starring Shah Rukh Khan as Veer and Preity Zinta as Zaara, the film told the story of a doomed love which centred around the relationship between India and Pakistan. Indian Air Force Squadron leader Veer Pratap Singh falls in love with Pakistani Zaara Haayat Khan, the daughter of a prominent politician. As a result, they are separated for twenty years with Veer spending them in prison under the number 786, God۪s messenger. Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukerji), a Pakistani lawyer, is desperate to prove herself in a male filled world of law and takes on the case to free Veer and listens to his love story.
This film did incredibly well at the box office and Yash Chopra,once again, proved his talent for making touching love stories.It won Best Popular Film at the National Film Awards and Best Movie at the Filmfare awards. The love for this film was further reinforced by the soundtrack which was composed on old compositions by the late Madan Mohan.Lata Mangeshkar, who often sang for Madan Mohan, sang the songs for this withTere Liyeand Aisa Des Hai Mera touching the hearts of the audiences and leaving behind a legacy of the greats.
Every scene in this film was played out with poignant effort and thatmakes itdifficult to choose just one. One that always comes to mind is when Zaara is speaking to Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) and questions why boys are given the privileges of education rather than the girls. The train separation scene of Veer and Zaara is brilliantly done and so touching where Veer lays his heart on the line and tells Zaara that no matter happens, there will always be someone who loves her.
What one can۪t help but love:
Every time one watches ‘Veer-Zaara’,one can۪t help but fall in love with Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra films all overagain. His heartfelt dialogues are spoken with such finesse that it brings a tear to your eye whenever his character is hurt or left to be without his one true love.
This film proved that when it comes to directing epic love stories, Chopra has not lost his touch and even in the modern age, his films are still the ones to watch out for. His characters and even his music leave a lasting legacy in the audience۪s minds and hearts.