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Veer

Movie poster of Veer
Directed by Anil Sharma
Produced by Vijay Galani
Sunil A. Lulla
Written by Salman Khan
Shailesh Verma
Starring Salman Khan
Zarine Khan
Mithun Chakraborty
Sohail Khan
Jackie Shroff
Music by Sajid-Wajid
Cinematography Gopal Shah
Editing by Ashfaque Makrani
Distributed by Eros International
Release date(s) 22 January 2010
Running time 155 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR 45 crore[1]
Gross revenue INR 70 crore[2][3]

Veer (Hindi: वीर) is a 2010 Hindi film directed by Anil Sharma, and starring Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail Khan, Jackie Shroff and Zarine Khan.[4] The film, written by Salman Khan, is an epic film set in 1825 when the British were ruling India.

Veer was released on 22 January 2010.[5] It received a mainly negative critical reception and was declared a below average performer at the indian box office and a Colossal Disaster in Overseas and the indian multiplexes.[6]

Contents

Plot

The Pindari warrior Veer (Salman Khan) plots to overthrow British rule in Madhavgarh, while falling in love with princess Yashodhara (Zarine Khan), daughter of the king (Jackie Shroff) who as a prince years before had betrayed the Pindari, leading to a massacre of 4,500 men.

Cast

  • Salman Khan as Veer
  • Mithun Chakraborty as Prithvi Singh, Veer's father
  • Sohail Khan as Punya, Veer's brother
  • Jackie Shroff as the king of Madhavgarh and father of Yashodhara
  • Zarine Khan as Princess Yashodhara, Veer's love
  • Lisa Lazarus as Angela
  • Tim James Lawrence as Governor General Frazer
  • Bianca Van Varenberg
  • Asif Hussain as Jay
  • Khurram Tejrar
  • Gita Soto
  • Neena Gupta
  • Aryan Vaid
  • Bharat Dabholkar
  • Bunny Anand[7]
  • Shahbaaz Khan
  • Puru Raaj Kumar
  • Militza Radmilovic
  • Sully
  • Charissa Glidden as the Governess
  • Roy Bronsgeest as Rhino[8]

Production

The story was written 20 years ago by Salman Khan, who called it his dream project.[9] At the 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 flue 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. 20 lakh in damages.[15]

Marketing

The trailer of Veer was released on 27 November 2009 at the screening of Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan.[16] The first song promo, "Salaam Aaya", was released on 13 December 2009. The song "Surili akhiyon wale" was released later. A short action trailer and a trailer featuring the song "Meherbaniyan" were also released.[citation needed]

Reception

Critical reception

The movie was generally panned by critics.[17] Taran Adarsh criticized the writing and direction of the movie, describing it as a colossal disappointment.[18] 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.[19] Gaurav Malani praised the performance of Salman Khan, while terming the story as average.[20] 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."[21]

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.[22]

Veer was a disaster.

Box office

The film did very well in single screens in Rajasthan and other areas in north India. According to Eros, Veer grossed Rs. 33 crore net in its first week in India, including the Telugu version.[23].As of 11 march the film including all version(telugu)collected 45-46 cr nett .and rated as an average performer in all over India.and hit in some territories.

Allegations of plagiarism

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.[24][25]

Criticism

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.[26]

Soundtrack

Veer
Soundtrack by Sajid- Wajid
Released
17 December 2009 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label
Eros Music
Sajid- Wajid chronology
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
(2009)
Veer
(2010)
Dabanng
(2010)

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 Oscar-winning lyricist Gulzar.

The following are the songs from the film, which have enjoyed positive reviews from sources such as Rediff.com and Bollywood Hungama.[27]

Song Singer(s) Duration
"Meherbaniyan" Sonu Nigam 4:29
"Taali" Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Wajid, Neuman Pinto 6:10
"Surili Akiyon Wale" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Suzanne D'Mello 5:31
"Kanha (Thumari)" Rekha Bhardwaj, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Shabaab Sabri 4:36
"Taali (solo)" Sukhwinder Singh 6:01
"Surili Akiyon Wale" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello 5:23
"Salaam Aaya" Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal 4:45
"Spirit Of Veer" Instrumental 0:58

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Box Office Earnings 29/01/10-04/02/10". Box Office India. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/cpages.php?pageName=earnings. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "http://www.boxofficeindia.com/boxdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=1476&nCat=box_office_report". BoxOffice India.com. 30 January 2010. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/boxdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=1476&nCat=box_office_report. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Veer: Complete cast and crew details". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/cast/13908/index.html. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Firdaus Ashraf, Syed (8 January 2010). "'I don't want to make depressing films for my fans'". Rediff.com. http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2010/jan/08/slide-show-1-salman-khan-on-veer.htm. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/cpages.php?pageName=earnings
  7. ^ Subhadeep Bhattacharjee (23 November 2009). "Salman saved Bunny Anand's life". One India.com. http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/news/2009/salman-saved-bunny-231109.html. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Manohar Charla. "'I Fight Veer to Win the Princess!' - Roy Bronsgeest", BollySpice.com, 21 January 2010
  9. ^ Salman Khan (24 November 2009). "My Dream Project ...VEER". Official Blog by Salman Khan. Eros Entertainment. http://veerblogs.erosentertainment.com/index.asp?Page=5. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "When Men Were Men". Indian Express. 8 January 2010. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/when-men-were-men/564691/. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Aparajita Ghosh (5 April 2008). "Salman Khan gets brawnier for 'Veer'". ApunkaChoice.com. http://www.apunkachoice.com/scoop/bollywood/20080805-3.html. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Subhadeep Bhattacharjee (16 December 2009). "Salman made Zarine Khan gain weight". One India. http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/gupshup/2009/zarine-put-on-weight-161209.html. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Swine flu, they fled!". Mid Day. http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2009/aug/120809-Salman-Khan-Veer-Five-day-shoot-cancelled-Swine-Flu-scare-Pune-Bollywood.htm. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Case against Amber bosses,'Veer' unit". Times of India. 17 February 2009. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Case-against-Amber-bossesVeer-unit/articleshow/4140010.cms. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Salman given a second chance to shoot 'Veer' at Amber Fort". Screen. 19 February 2009. http://www.screenindia.com/news/salman-given-a-second-chance-to-shoot-veer-at-amber-fort/425673/. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Salman's Veer releases on Jan 22". Times of India. 24 November 2009. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Salmans-Veer-releases-on-Jan-22/articleshow/5263538.cms. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Veer had a bumper first day at single screens". BoxOffice India. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/boxdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=1453&nCat=box_office_report. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Review: Veer is a colossal disappointment!". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/bollywood/review.php?id=14928427&ctid=5&cid=2425. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Masand Movie Review: Veer is an impossible film". CNN IBN. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masand-movie-review-veer-is-an-impossible-film/109075-8.html?from=webx. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Director: Anil Sharma Cast: Salman Khan, Zarine Khan Rating:** Veer: Movie Review". Times of India. http://movies.indiatimes.com/reviews/bollywood/Veer-Movie-Review/articleshow/5485098.cms. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "Rating:**1/2 Veer: Movie Review". AOL.in. http://www.aol.in/bollywood-story/veer-movie-review/760211. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  22. ^ Lovece, Frank. Veer (review), Film Journal International , January 25, 2010
  23. ^ Press Trust India (27 January 2010). "Despite poor review, Salman's Veer steady at box office". Daily News & Analysis. http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_despite-poor-reviews-salman-s-veer-is-steady-at-the-box-office_1339912. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  24. ^ "Court notice to Veer Salman over copyright violation". The Hindu. 25 January 2010. http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article94721.ece. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "Court to hear lawsuit against 'Veer' Monday". Indiatimes. 25 January 2010. http://movies.indiatimes.com/news-gossip/news/Court-to-hear-lawsuit-against-Veer-Monday/articleshow/5497390.cms. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  26. ^ Divya Kaushik and Shweta Thakur (1 February 2010). "http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Sallus-Veer-in-trouble/articleshow/5519719.cms". Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Sallus-Veer-in-trouble/articleshow/5519719.cms. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  27. ^ Joginder Tutega (21 December 2009). "Veer: Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/musicreview/13908/index.html. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

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