Movie poster of Veer
|Directed by||Anil Sharma|
|Produced by||Vijay Galani
Sunil A. Lulla
|Written by||Salman Khan
|Editing by||Ashfaque Makrani|
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Release date(s)||22 January 2010|
|Running time||155 mins|
|Budget||INR 45 crore|
|Gross revenue||INR 70 crore|
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. 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. 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.
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.
The story was written 20 years ago by Salman Khan, who called it his dream project. At the time Khan planned to direct the film himself and cast Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. Veer is also partly based on the Russian novel Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol. For his role as Veer, Salman Khan went on a special diet and worked out with a personal trainer. For her role as a 19th century princess, Zarine Khan put on eight kilos of extra weight.
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. 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. The crew finished their shoot after paying Rs. 20 lakh in damages.
The trailer of Veer was released on 27 November 2009 at the screening of Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan. 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.
The movie was generally panned by critics. Taran Adarsh criticized the writing and direction of the movie, describing it as a colossal disappointment. 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. Gaurav Malani praised the performance of Salman Khan, while terming the story as average. 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."
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.
Veer was a disaster.
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..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.
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.
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.
|Soundtrack by Sajid- Wajid|
17 December 2009 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sajid- Wajid chronology|
|"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|