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VEER - Movie Review : Salman lives his dream majestically but the film impresses only partially. (Review By Bobby Sing)
22 Jan, 2010 | Movie Reviews / 2010 Releases

There were mixed reactions about “Veer” before its release, since it was a period drama dealing with the same old Rajput Kings, Britishers and their revolts. The subject had its own limitations, holding a restricted appeal for the viewers especially for the young college going crowd, who don’t find historical dramas exciting enough to watch. But there was Salman Khan, on Veer’s side, with a gigantic fan following, who were all eager to see their favourite star in a new avatar of a revolutionary fighter.

So, the stage was all set for Salman to once again win over the box office with his majestic project which also had few melodious songs to its credit. But after watching more than 160 minutes of this fictional period epic, sadly Salman Khan himself, Mithun Da and the few well composed songs, remain the only worth mentioning features of this costly affair called “Veer”.
 
In few words, the movie which successfully manages to impress the viewers with its powerful content in the first half, fails miserably post intermission and becomes a great let down after its initial one hour. Revolving around a revolutionary tribe named "Pandari's", which existed in the period of 19th century, it talks about the same old father-son vengeance story, which also involves the angle of The Ruling Britishers, their relationships with the Rajput Kings and their mean betrayals. 

Truly speaking, “Veer” starts off quite well, with an explosive & impactful opening sequence which right away forces every person in the theater to take it seriously. Justifying all the historical events happening on the screen with a voice over, the movie makes a successful start and the powerful scenes of Mithun Da & Salman Khan together raise the bar further.
“Taali” the first song of the movie, also makes an impression, as its well shot and choreographed, with more than 100 people dancing on the screen in their own styles. The song even reminded me of one similar dance sequence in the famous cult movie “Fiddler on the Roof”.
 
In fact, the first half of “Veer” has some excellent scenes, both acted and directed brilliantly. Like the one against animal sacrifice in the name of Religion, the shot with the graphical representation of London in the 19th century, the University scene where Salman answers back to his racist professor and the punishment scene right after. But the real problem starts just before the intermission where Salman performs a lethal bloodshed killing several British soldiers along with the two Rajput brothers of the leading lady.
 
Actually all the liberties taken by the script writers, which have no logical explanations, start right after the intermission when suddenly you see both Salman & Sohail returning to India (just like that), after mercilessly killing so many people right in the University Grounds in front of all the students. From here on the film takes a negative ‘U-turn' and with every new scene progressing on the screen, you start forgetting the excellent scenes witnessed in the first half. After the interval, the narration slows down majorly, as the love story takes the front seat and till the climax, we are not served any more worth mentioning scene at par with the few seen before. Moreover, the final moments of the movie are also not capable of awakening the patriotic emotions in the viewers as usually seen in the movies made around the subject of India and its Freedom.
 
Visually, “Veer” is grand, royal and well worked upon. Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction have a stunning impact and play as another character in the story on the screen. Musically it’s undoubtedly among the top 3 musical scores of the duo Sajid-Wajid and they have delivered some real soulful numbers such as “Sureeli Akhiyon Waley” & “Salaam Aaya”. The well composed amalgamation of the Hindi-English lyrics with their contrasting arrangements is indeed worth listening. Gulzar once again comes up with some logically unexplainable but great deep meaningful words. Only the person who had written “Humne Dekhi Hai Un Ankhon Ki Mehakati Khushboo”, could have written “Sureeli Akhiyon Waley”. Other than its melodious songs, the background score is also well composed according to the requirement of the subject.
 
As expected, the movie completely belongs to Salman Khan and his dominant screen presence. He realistically lives the character of Veer and delivers a fine performance, but the period feel of the movie may disappoint lot of his young fans who love to see him dressed in cool denims and open shirts. After Salman its Mithun Da to watch out for, with his piercing eyes and strong dialogue delivery, which is missing in most of the current heart-throbs of Bollywood.
 
Zarine Khan, no doubts resembles Katrina, but she still looks pretty, though a little overweight. She may be taken in for a specific purpose but manages to give an ok performance in the movie. Jackie Shroff has slightly done it over the top. Sohail Khan does the usual act similar to his previous flicks. Both Puru Raaj Kumar & Aryan Vaid don’t get enough scope to make an impact but Neena Gupta shines in her few scenes. Interestingly there are no familiar faces in the actors playing the British Officers and they all do the usual stuff without making any great efforts. “Veer” also has its resemblances with “Taras Bulba” (1962) and “Kranti” (1981). Apart from a similar climax, it even has a half arm person in the form of Jackie Shroff just as there was Prem Chopra in “Kranti”.

Anil Sharma, tries to revive the magic of “Gadar” with many similar kind of heroic sequences using the current He-man Salman, following the legacy of Dharmendra & Sunny Deol. But in absence of a logical script and a tight edit, he fails to connect with the audiences after few initial engrossing moments and thus could only deliver a half hearted project.
 
In the end, I would sincerely like to add, that “Veer” could have been a much better movie with a more realistically directed and written second half. It is clearly the fault of the script writer and the director that the movie which reasonably impresses you in the first half, works so negatively post intermission. As Salman has reportedly written the main story of the movie, I doubt whether this was exactly the tale he wanted to bring on the wide screen. Anyway, if you are a Salman Khan fan, then you are surely going to like it, especially before intermission. Otherwise the magnum epic satisfies the viewer only partially.
 
Rating : 2.5 / 5

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22 Jan 2010 / Comment ( 2 )
mayank

Salman Khan rockzz in this fantastic movie , and don't go the the way critics sees it just go and rate the movie yourself , and if u r on critics side ... after watching the film , i m sure that u will change your openion . So my advice is just be yourself and don't miss the biggest blockbuster.

Bobby Sing

Yes Mayank, a true movie lover should always have his own opinion about a movie after seeing it. By only reading the reviews and considering a movie good or bad does not work always. 

Many times its the case when you love a movie but the reviews are bad and vice-versa. So the viewer himself alone should ideally be the final judge.

Thanks for writing in and Keep visiting......Cheers!

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