None of the new scripts excited Chopra; he expressed his disdain at the new trend of the films of the time, stating, "I was tired of television promos. The journalist from Kohat said that he could not say more on the phone and could not help, as it was "a sensitive matter". Veer respects this request and decides to leave but Raza, outraged by the shame Zaara has brought upon him, has him wrongly imprisoned on charges of being an Indian spy. The prisoner has not spoken to anyone for 22 years. I managed to get in touch with a local journalist in Kohat, who was enthusiastic about helping bring Hamid back home. I asked someone at the Pakistan High in Delhi what is the way out. [92], The film earned ₹357 million in the overseas markets–₹152.5 million from the United Kingdom, ₹140 million from the United States and ₹65 million from other territories–making it 2004's highest-grossing Indian production overseas. [32] Rajinder Dudrah, senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, contrasts Veer-Zaara with Main Hoon Na, writing that while the former "explores the pleasures and trials of border crossing", the latter "extols the virtues of overcoming the border through diplomacy and personal actions. [36] She perceives this as the transition from "living death to fruitless life". [11] Other cast members included Divya Dutta, Zohra Sehgal, Akhilendra Mishra, and Tom Alter. Certain things like fabulous camera work, art direction, and sensuousness of the moods, are a given. "[47] In a review of "Tere Liye", a Sify editor writes, "Madan Mohan's mastery with tunes is quite apparent in this number, parts of which are used often in the movie. Veer, an Indian Air Force pilot, rescues her, and she completes Bebe's final rites. And yes, apart from us nobody knows that Hamid is India, let's be clear about that. Aditya then narrated a few scenes of a story he had written, which interested Chopra and prompted him to direct it. Inshallah we will both return soon. ... and this is a tale that could prompt another Veer-Zaara. "[67] Writing for Planet Bollywood, Aakash Gandhi gave the film a 9.5/10 rating, called Chopra "the reigning [k]ing of [d]irectorial [r]omance" and equated the film's lovers to "immortal lovers" such as Romeo and Juliet and Layla and Majnun, among others. This is an excerpt from a chat between Shazia Khan and Hamid: Shazia: It's very difficult to get a visa to Pakistan these days. [14] Sharmishta Roy, daughter of art director Sudhendu Roy, was chosen as the art director. Hamid: Visa for Kohat is very difficult. It might be easier if I get a Lahore visa. [37], Gopal feels that the film's dual time and use of old music was the reason for its appeal to masses and its commercial success. Is veer zaara based on true love story? When he arrives, Zaara runs into his arms in tears, causing her father to fall sick in shock. Allan Amin was the action director. Hamid: I know, but I have deliberately delayed this. "[84], Veer-Zaara was commercially successful at the box office. In Veer's village, she is shocked to meet Zaara and Shabbo instead. Avijit Ghosh gave the film 7/10 in The Telegraph and writes, "The film works because the stars shine. [19] Chopra denied the existence of a rivalry between the co-actors in the film, when asked about it in an interview with The Quint. Now he has been missing for 10 months in what has become a real life Veer Zaara. Hamid even had the film Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge on his mind - he wanted the father to willingly let the girl to go with him. There is no checking. [11][12] Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were cast as an elderly couple. [5], According to Aditya, the story of Veer-Zaara was written as a medium for his father to return to his Punjabi roots. [31] Nandini Bhattacharya, author of the book Hindi Cinema: Repeating the Subject, differs and instead feels that Veer's character is "partially feminized"–"men are meant to be captors, not captives. modes of writing political structures as individual destined whose triumph over nation-state politics drives aground more completely any redemptive plot of neighborly understanding". [78] The film featured in the British Film Institute's list of 10 great Bollywood romances, with commentary by Rachel Dwyer. She soon disappeared from Facebook too. [41][5] Mangeshkar used to sing with Madan Mohan; according to Chopra, upon coming for the recording, with tears in her eyes, Lata Mangeshkar told him, "Madan Mohan was like my brother. Having read his long chats, I am convinced he was nothing more than a naive young man whose love was blind. Hamid Nehal Ansari, an Indian citizen who spent six years in a Pakistani jail returned to India on 18 December. [5] The vocals are provided by Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Gurdas Mann, Roop Kumar Rathod, Ahmed Hussain, Mohammad Hussain and Pritha Mazumder. This is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. The soundtrack album, based on old compositions by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Javed Akhtar, was the highest-selling album of the year in India. Saroj Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant were the choreographers. or. He decided to try and get a visa to Kohat, making several calls to the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. [14] In 2017, while promoting Aiyaary, Bajapyee revealed that Chopra used to often worry about the film's possible failure. "[80] Derek Elley of Variety observes that while it does not have "technique and production sheen" as recent Hindi films, Veer-Zaara's "in-depth star casting and thorough entertainment values" make it a "must-see" for Indian filmgoers. "[72] Namrata Joshi of Outlook described it as "a good-hearted film wherein the underlying theme is the all-embracing goodness of 'people'. [87] It earned ₹175.7 million nett in its first week, the highest first week collection of an Indian film. Veer is imprisoned on false charges, and a young Pakistani lawyer played by Rani Mukerji fights his case. [6] Speaking about the film's theme, Chopra said, "Veer-Zaara is a humble tribute to my home in Punjab. Veer-Zaara was an iconic film for several reasons. Played by Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in the lead roles, the film completed 14 years of its release on November 12. It is the first Hindi film to premiere in such a large and luxe venue. If I were in your place, by now I would have done everything. She is married now.". [40] Kohli found Mohan's unused recordings in his cupboard shortly after his death, which was then used for Veer-Zaara upon Chopra's insistence. 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But... this one works and grabs us where it matters. Also, the film marked the collaboration of Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan, though they had a cameo appearance. [59] The film was a blockbuster, with regard to its overseas collection. [53], Veer-Zaara was released on 12 November 2004 and promoted with the tagline, "A Love Legend". Call him and see who he is and if he can help? All the semi-clad girls look the same." Rediff.com reported that the cast members wore expensive costumes, one being Zinta, who wore a flurocent green lungi outfit; Khan was late for the shot. [5] The soundtrack of Veer-Zaara was released on CD,[42] LP record[43] and on Audio DVD. [82], Carrie R. Wheadon of Common Sense Media gives it four stars out of five and rates it as 11+, writing, "Those who watch can't miss the pleas for understanding and peace between India and Pakistan or the film's strong support of equality for women." Despite announcing the awards, the ceremony was not held that year. Preity Zinta Says Veer-Zaara Is Not Just A Movie, But An Era. As Yash Chopra's epic romance 'Veer-Zaara' turns 15 years, we give you some interesting facts about the film that you may have not known before. Nobody came here. "[18] Zinta had to attend various lessons for improving her diction for speaking Urdu. [10] The role of Saamiya Siddique was based on Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir. What follows is a series of events which end with Veer ending up in prison. She also felt that it was time to move on from war-oriented films with Pakistan, saying, "I thought that was a great message to have in a film and I think what our governments can't do... what our government cannot do, our cinema can do and this film is truly doing that. Saamiya Siddiqui, a budding Pakistani lawyer, is given prisoner 786's defense as her first case. Zaara boards in silence and bids him goodbye; both believe they will never meet again. Perhaps the "agencies" think he is an Indian spy, given the paranoia in Pakistan about India's alleged activities on the Afghan border. When Zaara's mother reminds her daughter that women always love fully, with heart and soul, she casually adds, "Men don't have the strength to love like that. What do you recommend? You [Chopra] are like my brother. With no news of him, his parents opened his computer and found he had not logged out of his Facebook and his email. He then finalized another script and began casting for roles. [5] Aditya then provided a narration of a few scenes of a new script, but conveyed that he would be unable to direct it. And this is a chat excerpt (translation from Roman Urdu) between Atta bhai, as Hamid called him, and Ms Saba Khan, while Hamid was not online, but was cc-ed: Atta: I've been recommended this man Kamran Khan (phone number). [39] Bhattacharya agrees and also equates it with Gadar and others like Mother India (1957), where the "identity of the normative citizen" is established. [31] Daiya further feels that Veer's poem challenges the differences between the nations of India and Pakistan and establishes resemblance between the nations and citizens. Veer Zaara The story of the love between Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian, and Zaara Hayaat Khan, a PakistaniVeer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is … It is a wonderful experience to watch Veer and Zaara find Love through a tale that spans over 22 years. ... i think yes.....but with manipulation of real story. I got to know from someone that there is no problem in coming from Kabul to Pakistan. I should get a new mobile by evening, will let you know. The film collected the same amount in North America, 15th on the local box office chart. [39] Both Gadar and Veer-Zaara feature a double recovery; only that the latter adopts "similarly duplicitous I have a friend in Sindh who says that once I reach Lahore he can get me an extension visa to Kohat. Hamid has been missing for ten months. Ansari made a huge mistake, but one feels more angry about his online Pakistani friends who gave him a crazy advice to go to Kohat via Kabul and take the girl with him back to Mumbai. [29] A shoot was carried out in Punjab during a particular season, after which the indoor shooting was completed. Khan stated that although he did not have to dub lines for the film separately, he did dub a few dialogues for the film. [15] Boman Irani was cast in a supporting role. An environment that represented Punjab was created and Sikh dancers were brought in, whom, according to the report, look like peacocks due to their colorful turbans. He writes, "Yash Chopra's Veer Zaara may be woefully long and meandering. Zaara Haayat Khan is a lively Pakistani woman whose family is of the political background and high standing in Lahore. Veer realises that he is falling in love with Zaara. [22] Anil Mehta, the cinematographer, was requested by Chopra to give the scenes a feel of olden times, in contrast with other films of the time like Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). Chopra intended the film to be a tribute to Punjab; it was to be titled Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum. Most phone numbers in the chats have stopped taking calls from Indian numbers. The next day, Veer takes Zaara to the train station for her train back to Lahore, planning to confess. The film was released on 12 November 2004 during the Diwali festival. Saamiya takes Zaara back to Pakistan, and she shares an emotional reunion with Veer. It was the last phone call. Forget the girl, he said. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has restricted the league to only two venues — Karachi and Lahore — for the upcoming edition. [8] The film's titled was officially confirmed by Sanjeev Kohli, CEO of Yash Raj Films, who stated that the title was chosen after "much deliberation. Meet Atta Ur Rehman Awan, a graphic designer with Dastak, an Urdu magazine in Kohat, one Shazia Khan who claimed to be a medical doctor in Islamabad, and a mysterious Ms Saba Khan. Chopra stated he was as nervous of his return as he was while directing his debut Dhool Ka Phool (1959). [32] Dudrah notes that the ease with which the protagonists move across borders without going through legal procedurings could be a criticism. 1M likes. All the semi-clad girls look the same." [46], In a soundtrack review, Syed Firdaus Ashraf of Rediff.com states, "It will disappoint you at first, but if you listen to it repeatedly, the music will grow on you. Afterward, Zaara and Shabbo left Pakistan and settled in India, in Veer's village, so that Zaara could keep Veer's dream of running a girl's school alive. After addressing him by his name, Veer Pratap Singh, Veer opens up to Saamiya and narrates his story. [55] Apart from that, it was screened at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was received well. However, he ends up meeting Zaara's fiancé Raza Sharazi. Why don't you get a visa to Afghanistan instead? Take care. It also won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the National Film Awards. In typical Indian tradition, we are treated to the classical Bollywood masala (mixture) of song, dance and beautiful visual scenes from India. Ipad Model A1566, Directed by Manilal Joshi. For them, love is the only religion. [33] Kush Varia, author of the book Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip, whilst agreeing with Bharat and Kumar about Chopra, notes that the lovers are reunited as compared to Chopra's earlier romances, where they remain separated. The completely unpredictable resolution of the story is sudden and astounding. It received highly positive reviews from critics, with praise directed to the story, screenplay, dialogues, music, performances and sensitive portrayal of India-Pakistan relations. The journalist then met Awan in person, and also a university student that Hamid was in touch with. Bollywood’s famous cross-border love story Veer-Zaara shows India-Pak romance blossoming in spite of opposition, conflicts and separation. Her statement and evidence prove Veer's innocence and the judge frees him, apologising on behalf of Pakistan. After over a year of obsessing about each other over the internet, phone and phone messengers, she called him one day, crying. [36] She compares the last segment of the title song in which Zaara is shot to the climax of Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. (1998); both films suggest that the lovers cannot be united. Veer quits the Indian Air Force and travels to Pakistan. Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpayee, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher play supporting roles. Most of the filming was done in secrecy and no official announcements were made. [68], Jitesh Pillai of The Times of India rates it three and a half stars out of five, crediting Aditya's writing and its execution. Chopra stated he was as nervous of his return as he was while directing his debut Dhool Ka Phool(1959). [38] She felt that the universality of the maternal habit was highlighted in a sequence between Zaara's mother and Veer. He convinced his parents to let him fly to Kabul in November 2012 for an interview for a job at Kabul airport. While traveling to India, Zaara's bus meets with an accident. [45] After the soundtrack release, Chopra did not allow radiostations to air its songs to generate curiosity. But at the same time, Indian investigators probably think he is getting trained for anti-India activities. [91] At the end of its theatrical run, it collected ₹580 million in India, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. Shazia: Oh there is no checking while entering pakistan from Afghanistan. It was described by analysts as having themes pertaining to a shared Punjabi culture, secularism and feminism, among others. [51] It was the highest-selling music album of the year in India, with sales of around 3 million units. Chopra was born in Lahore, Punjab (present-day Pakistan) and later moved with his family to Jalandhar when he was young. "[8] Chopra stated that he used to have constant arguments with Aditya while filming Veer-Zaara. Veer convinces Zaara to return with him to his village to spend a day together on account of Lohri. [47] Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide wrote, "Though Chopra's film is emotionally extravagant even by the standards of India's epically unrestrained cinema, the star-crossed lovers bear the weighty metaphorical significance of their travails surprisingly lightly, particularly Zinta's radiantly lovely Zaara. [28] Saif Ali Khan's palace in Pataudi served as Zaara's mansion. [9] Khan shortly played a 60-year-old man in the film, which he felt was a difficult role for him. The email's IP address shows it was sent from within Pakistan. Luqman also says you should come via Kabul. Here is an excerpt, translated from Roman Urdu: "Listen I am fine here. He travelled to Bombay in 1951, when he was introduced to the film industry. But Jatin could see he was mad about the girl, she was all he could think of. Veer Zaara is a grand O'Henry-esk love story that is presented on a scale that even O'Henry could not have fathomed. Pray for us.". "[75] Sukanya Varma of Rediff.com criticizes Chopra for repeating content from his previous films, while appreciating the performances and finally writes, "if you are a fan of the Chopra factory of filmmaking and looking for plenty of eye-candy, Veer-Zaara promises to make your Diwali a happy one. The unrequited lovers willingly give their lives to each other with out knowing what the other has done. The taxi driver will drop at Torkham. [3] Prior to the film's release, Adarsh predicted that the film would be a commercial success. [58] It was released in the United States in 88 prints. "[35] Sangita Gopal, associate professor of English at the University of Oregon and author of the book Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema, notes that Veer's identity dies after 22 years and even after reuniting with Zaara, they are too old to reproduce. But to no avail. This is her most nuanced performance to date." [36] She also feels that the extended ending with the song "Tere Liye" was for a realistic approach. Zaara's Sikh governess (whom she addresses as her grandmother) Bebe asks Zaara to scatter her ashes in the Sutlej river among her ancestors as her last wish. Many Indians have a fascination for beautiful Pashtuns, Hamid was perhaps one of them. August 12, 2013 17:47:14 IST. [36] Daiya feels that the Punjabi village in Veer-Zaara acts as a model for India, and Zaara's positive to a song describing India, feeling similarities with Pakistan, exposes an incomplete "utopian" affiliation between the two lovers. Saba Khan: I too gave you someone's number, was it of help? "[83] Manish Gajjar of BBC commented, "Veer-Zaara has a great storyline with some unpredictable twists and emotions, keeping you engrossed throughout. He met Jatin Desai of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy to see if Jatin could help him get a visa. Preity's Zaara is both restrained and dignified. A real life Veer-Zaara Khushwant Singh | TNN | Mar 22, 2006, 02:19 IST HOSHIARPUR: On the cracked wall behind is a black-and-white picture that shows a fresh-faced bride just of her teens. Chopra was interested and began to work on the new project. And all this mess was caused by her sister. Real life Veer-Zaara from Mumbai wait for a happy ending . [17] According to Chopra, Zinta was a person who's "look and personality could be transformed." Veer decides to travel to Pakistan to see if he can win Zaara over. If anybody comes to know, there could be a mess. Zinta labeled it "one of the most humbling experiences of [her] life" and stated that it made her realize the difficulties male actors have to go through. Kohat would never be possible, Jatin said. "[37] He notes that they show different depictions of borders that the protagonists need to overcome. "[79], Anita Gates of New York Times writes that Veer Zaara "would be embraced as fabulously trashy" had it been an American film but credits the cultural impact, writing, "the cultural assumptions of Veer and Zaara add a welcome element of freshness for American audiences. Yash Chopra was due to return to directing after seven years since Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). "[5] The title Veer Zaara was initially hinted to mislead audiences. [16], Zaara's role as Khan's love interest was first offered to Kajol, upon her rejection, the role went to Zinta. When Veer hears this in jail, he believes the amulet Zaara's mother gave him is what protected his life. Mariyam begs Veer to leave Zaara because Jehangir's high-profile reputation and health will be ruined if news gets out that Zaara is in love with an Indian. [89] It also had the highest weekend collection of the year, earning ₹97.8 million over the weekend. 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