Veer a period drama featuring Salman and Zarine Khan is directed by Anil Sharma, the man behind the historic Gadar Ek Prem Katha. With Veer, Salman turns writer following his dad's footsteps. Expectations are sky high, after all the three releases this year bit the dust at the box office, can Veer make a mark?
Veer (Salman Khan) is a Pindari whose only goal in life is to kill the British and the King of Madavgarh, whose daughter Yashodhara (Zarine Khan) he is madly in love with. Veer is an epic saga of bravery, drama, treachery and love.
Typical Bollywood love story full of coincidences, ancestral enmity, dance sequences, comedy; this Anil Sharma directed masala entertainer has got it all. Alas, the screenplay lets the film down. For a movie that starts off so well, it folds up as a strictly one time watch.
The post interval portions drag on, with the audience fed with nothing more than expensive sets, plenty of song and dance numbers and a couple of comic relief scenes featuring the unintentionally irritating Sohail Khan. The director takes his own sweet time getting to the point and when he does, you no longer care for the characters.
What makes Veer watchable are those high on adrenaline action sequences that will be loved by the 'aam junta' in smaller towns, watching their much loved star bashing up a group of baddies much like Sunny Deol did in Gadar. Sharma, the director, seems to be still suffering from the Gadar hangover and tries almost every trick in the book to regain his lost touch, he succeeds at times (first hour) but fails miserably during the verdict defining reels (second hour).
Salman Khan puts all those years of experience into good use. He breathes fire, performs all his stunts well but fails to get his diction right as Veer. Zarine Khan looks as good as Katrina and has the same number of limited expressions. Mithun Chakraborty is excellent. Jackie Shroff is ineffective.
To sum up, Veer has its moments of glory but not enough to deserve the high price of your multiplex ticket. If you must go then watch it at a single screen near you.
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