Veer (film)

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Veer
Veer movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anil Sharma
Produced by Vijay Galani
Screenplay by Shailesh verma,shaktimaan
Story by Salman Khan
Starring Salman Khan
Zarine Khan
Mithun Chakraborty
Sohail Khan
Jackie Shroff
Music by Sajid-Wajid
Cinematography Gopal Shah
Edited by Ashfaque Makrani
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Vijay Galani Moviez
Release date(s)
  • 22 January 2009 (2009-01-22)
Running time 163 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR 460 million[2]
Box office INR 560 million[3]

Veer: An Epic Love story of a Warrior is a 2009 Hindi historical action film directed by Anil Sharma, and starring Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail Khan, Jackie Shroff and Zarine Khan.[4] The film was written by Salman Khan and set during the 1825 Pindari movement of Rajasthan, when India was ruled by the British.

Veer was released on 22 January 2009.[5]

Plot[edit]

Veer Pratap Singh (Salman Khan) is a Pindari prince and the son of the great Pindari warrior, Prithvi Singh (Mithun Chakraborty), who was known for his great battles to free India from British rule. Veer wishes to continue his father's legacy by leading a movement of Pindaris against the British in order to free both the Rajasthani Kingdom of Madhavghar and the rest of India from the great colonial power. Veer receives the help of his younger brother, Punya Singh (Sohail Khan) in gathering an army. However Veer finds opposition from the King of Madhavghar, Gyanendra Singh (Jackie Shroff), who sees Veer as a threat to Madhavghar and his rule and orders for Veer to be killed. Veer and Punya along with their supporters go into hiding within the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, while Singh makes an alliance with the British Governor of Rajasthan, James Fraser (Tim James Lawrence), saying that Madhavghar will support the British in crushing the Pindari movement and eliminating Veer.

To keep stakes high, the Pindaris kidnap Singh's daughter Princess Yashodhara (Zarine Khan), who Veer finds himself in love with. The Pindaris then make a failed attempt to take down Singh's palace by surprise. However Singh's spies discover the plan and thousands of Pindari warriors are slaughtered. Veer fails to get his revenge on the corrupt King. In the meantime, Lady Angela Fraser (Lisa Lazarus), wife of James Fraser, begins to question her husband's actions as he supports the evil king in slaughtering members of the Pindari movement. Fraser refuses to back down from his campaign of crushing the movement.

After Veer promises his father that he will finish Singh, he gatecrashes Yashodhara's Swayamvara. As he takes the princess away from the fort, Gyanendra Singh sees a vast army of Pindaris has surrounded his fort. He asks the British to help him but they refuse and make the Pindaris their ally in a bid to escape from Madhavghar. Before the British leave a battle follows in which the Governor and Gyanendra Singh are killed. Veer, wounded from a gunshot, dies in the arms of his father. Years later it is shown that Veer's son and Prithvi are having a friendly fight.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The story was written by Salman Khan twenty years ago,[8] who described it as his dream project.[9] At that time, Khan planned to direct the film himself and cast Sanjay Dutt in the lead role.[10] Veer is also partly based on the Russian novel Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol.[5] For his role as Veer, Salman Khan went on a special diet and worked out with a personal trainer.[11] For her role as a 19th-century princess, Zarine Khan put on eight kilos of extra weight.[12]

Principal photography for Veer began on 1 December 2008. Portions of the film were originally scheduled to be shot at the College of Engineering and the Agricultural College in Pune, but due to the swine flu outbreak the locations were moved to Mumbai.[13] Other location shooting took place in Jaipur and Bikaner. Location shooting at Amber Fort in Jaipur was also interrupted when several onlookers were injured and the Rajasthan High Court ordered a halt to filming. A case was filed against Anil Sharma accusing the film crew of damaging the fort, violating several conservation laws and causing the structure's 500-year-old roof to collapse.[14] The crew finished their shoot after paying Rs. 2 million in damages.[15]

Rochester Castle appears as a backdrop for a romantic, musical sequence named 'Everytime I look into your eyes I see my paradise' featuring a horse and carriage. The Historic Dockyard in Chatham provided the setting for many of the montage shots used in the UK dance sequences as well as the location where Veer first meets Yuvraji Yashodhara.[16]

Marketing[edit]

The trailer of Veer was released on 27 November 2009 at the screening of Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan.[17]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie was generally panned by critics.[18] Taran Adarsh criticized the writing and direction of the movie, describing it as a colossal disappointment.[19] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN termed it as "an impossible film to appreciate", criticizing the performance of the support cast, while praising the performance of Salman Khan.[20] Gaurav Malani praised the performance of Salman Khan, while terming the story as average.[21] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL.in also praised Salman Khan but added "Overall, 'Veer' has it’s pluses but it is sadly restricted to a very average film. It has nothing new and that only makes it seem slower."[22]

Among U.S. critics, Frank Lovece of Film Journal International enjoyed it as "hokum of the highest order, punctuated with the most rousing musical sequences of the last several Indian imports," and after dissecting the film's numerous historical and chronological fallacies said, "Stateside Bollywood fans more accustomed to modern-day musical romances or stylish crime thrillers will be pleasantly surprised to find a period piece that's more Xena: Warrior Princess than A Passage to India.[23]

Reception by Rajput community[edit]

The Rajput youth organisation Karni Sena was heavily critical of Veer, alleging that portions of the dialogue are "derogatory and demeaning for the Rajput community". Members of the group attacked several multiplexes in Jaipur, vandalising posters and smashing windows. Anil Sharma responded that it was a misunderstanding and no insult had been intended towards the Rajput community.[24]

Box office[edit]

According to Eros, Veer grossed Rs 410 million nett in its first week in India.[25] Veer netted a lifetime of Rs 375.2 million (Rs 497.5 million gross) in India and was declared a below average grosser by Box Office India. It was the 9th highest grossing film domestically of 2010.[26] The film was a hit in overseas grossing just $1,900,000.

Veer has a worldwide lifetime gross of Rs 585.8 million ($12,600,000).[27] veer hit in this year with 560 million.

Allegations of plagiarism[edit]

On 23 January 2010, author Pavan Chaudhary filed a Rs. 2 million suit against Khan, Anil Sharma and producer Vijay Kumar Galani, alleging that the film borrowed elements from his novel, Trilogy of Wisdom. The suit calls for a halt of the film's screenings.[28][29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2011 Zee Cine Awards

Soundtrack[edit]

Veer
Soundtrack album by Sajid- Wajid
Released 17 December 2009 (2009-12-17)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Eros Music

The film's music was released on 17 December 2009. The film's songs are composed by Sajid–Wajid and the lyrics are written by lyricist Gulzar.

Music critic Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave it an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5.[31] The songs, Surili Akhiyon Wale, Salaam Aaya and Taali received special praise.[31]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Meherbaniyan"   Sonu Nigam 0:58
2. "Taali"   Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Wajid, Neuman Pinto 6:10
3. "Surili Akhiyon Wale"   Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Suzanne D'Mello 5:31
4. "Kanha (Thumari)"   Rekha Bhardwaj, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Shabaab Sabri 4:36
5. "Taali"   Sukhwinder Singh 6:01
6. "Surili Akhiyon Wale"   Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello 5:23
7. "Salaam Aaya"   Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal, Suzanne D'Mello 4:45
8. "Spirit of Veer" (Instrumental)    

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Superstars’ Box Office Flops: When Aamir, SRK, Salman, Akshay Delivered Duds
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  14. ^ "Case against Amber bosses,'Veer' unit". Times of India. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
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  30. ^ "Nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 January 2011. [dead link]
  31. ^ a b Joginder Tutega (21 December 2009). "Veer: Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

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