Author: Sharukh Khan
Priety Zinta/Rani Mukherjee
Director/Composer/Na: Yash Chopra/Sanjeev Kohli
Publisher: Yash Raj Films
ISBN/UPC (if available): YRD 60207
VEER-ZAARA is the story of an Indian man, Veer Pratap Singh [Shah Rukh Khan] and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan [Preity Zinta]. Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. A caring person, Veer goes out of his way to help someone in crisis. Whilst on duty, he comes across Zaara, the daughter of an influential Pakistani politician [Boman Irani].
A simple girl by nature, Zaara is happy to marry the man of her parent's choice, Raza [Manoj Bajpai]. She has come to India to fulfil her surrogate Hindu mother's [Zohra Segal] last wish: To immerse her ashes in the holy river. But the bus in which she is travelling meets with an accident. It is at this point that she meets Veer.
Their initial friendship starts off on a sour note, but before they realize it, they fall in love. Veer also takes this opportunity to show Zaara the place where he grew up [Punjab]. His uncle [Amitabh Bachchan] and aunt [Hema Malini], who have raised Veer [he is an orphan], also develop a strong liking for Zaara.
But before Veer could express his love, walks in Raza, who has just landed from Lahore in search of Zaara. While in Lahore, Zaara finds it difficult to forget Veer. Her maid Shabbo [Divya Dutta] calls Veer in India and explains the situation. Veer gives up his job and arrives in Lahore. He meets Zaara in the presence of her family and prospective in-laws. However, the wedding between Raza and Zaara takes place, while Veer is arrested by the Pakistani police on charges of being a spy.
Twenty-two years later, Saamiya Siddiqui [Rani Mukerji], a Pakistani lawyer, comes to his rescue. She meets an ageing Veer Pratap Singh for the first time. He has languished in a Pakistan jail cell for 22 years and has spoken to none.
Why has Veer been silent for 22 years? Where is Zaara? Saamiya takes it upon herself to find the truth about this man. A mature love story, with characters standing out more than the opulent sets [unlike most Bollywood productions], VEER-ZAARA narrates a story that is quite novel. Just when you think that the story would turn predictable comes a twist and everything changes.
Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta
Boman Irani, Anupam Kher
Directed by: Yash Chopra
Produced by: Yash Chopra
Written by: Aditya Chopra
Music by: Sanjeev Kohli
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release date(s): 2004