November 12th, 2004


more trailers Veer-Zaara

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...

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.3/10 (6,851 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Yash Chopra

Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji

Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is an officer and pilot in the Indian Air Force who one day meets a beautiful Pakistani heiress, Zaara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta), as she travels to a small Indian village to scatter the ashes of one of her family's loyal servants. Veer has family in the village, and while most Indians show no affection for Pakistanis, his aunt and uncle are willing to take Zaara in for the night. It isn't long before Veer finds himself falling for her; however, Veer learns that Zaara is engaged to another man, Raza (Manoj Bajpai), a cruel and humorless Pakistani. A friend of Zaara contacts Veer and tells him that Zaara wants out of her engagement and has strong feelings for him, but when he comes to her rescue, matters take a turn for the worse and Veer winds up in jail. Twenty years later, Veer is still behind bars, and finds that his case is being given a new trial...

Writers: Aditya Chopra, Aditya Chopra

Shah Rukh Khan - Veer Pratap Singh
Preity Zinta - Zaara Hayaat Khan
Rani Mukerji - Saamiya Siddiqui
Kiron Kher - Mariam Hayaat Khan (as Kirron Kher)
Divya Dutta - Shabbo
Boman Irani - Jahangir Hayaat Khan
Anupam Kher - Zakir Ahmed
Amitabh Bachchan - Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Special Appearance)
Hema Malini - Maati (Special Appearance)
Manoj Bajpai - Razaa Shirazi (Special Appearance)
Zohra Sehgal - Bebe
S.M. Zaheer -
Tom Alter -
Akhilendra Mishra - Jailor
Arun Bali -

Taglines: A Love Legend


Official Website: Yash Raj Films [India] (English) |

Release Date: 12 November 2004

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $843,010 (USA) (14 November 2004) (88 Screens)

Gross: $2,921,738 (USA) (16 January 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The role of Saamiya Siddiqui was originally intended for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but it didn't work out.

Continuity: In the Qawwali scene when Veer comes back, we see Zaara and Shabbo turning around to see him. Then when the camera comes back on them, we can see Shabbo turning around again.

[first lines]
Narrator: One early morning / Lifting the dark blanket of the night / From its pillow of mountain peak / The sun lifted its head / And saw... / The valley's heart is filled with the season of love / And the branches of memories have sprouted / Innumerable blossoms of moments past / That begin to scent the air...

User Review

A movie with a lot of emotions. Good performances from the main characters. Good entertainment


The main purpose of the cinema is to entertain.Entertainment can mean different things to different people.Normally we expect a lot of emotion in Indian movies.If emotion makes you feel like throwing up, you should not really be watching Indian Hindi movies.If you are really taken with realism, watch a documentary. If you want to get away from the mundane affairs of everyday life watch a Hindi movie.Veer Zaara is a Hindi movie with lots of emotion. The audience identify with the characters and go back to watching it again and again.One must realise that a movie is a hit only when the audience is able to identify themselves with the characters.Questions do come to mind. Like, how did Rani Mukherjee know Veer's name? Maybe Yash Chopra made a mistake. The mistake did not cost him anything because the movie succeeded at the box-office.It might also have taken too long a time to give an explanation.And the movie is already 192 minutes long. A flaw nevertheless, but then you can find faults with just about everything. If you have negative vibes about the person playing the principal character in a movie, you really should not be watching the movie in the first place. SRK has become a living legend.He is a good actor. He has done well as the young squadron leader as well as the ageing prisoner. Twenty two years in jail can age a man beyond his years. Shahrukh was convincing.Preity was her usual bubbly self initially, and then equally convincing.The movie was fast paced.Editing was good. No where did it drag.The songs were excellent.