Review: Nothing special about Veer

Review: Nothing special about Veer

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 22 January 2010

Movie Title

Review: Nothing special about Veer


Anil Sharma

Star Cast

Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Zarine Khan, Lisa Lazarus

Salman (also the film?s story writer) plays Veer, a warrior who was trained to fight from the time he was born, much like factory chickens are bred for a reason.

His father Prithvi Singh (Mithun Chakraborty) rears him up to be a tough man, saying there are too many expectations of him, (we soon see the father drenching a newborn baby Veer in the rain, to make a point).

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We?re seeing examples of parents pushing their kids to breakdown point ? this would be a good case to observe. Of course, the father?s insistence that his son must grow up a warrior and revenge King of Madhavgarh?s betrayal is portrayed as a good thing. Like the sole right and privilege that the father of a son (not daughter) in Hindi films has.

Here, there are not one, but two sons; the other essayed by Sohail Khan who never tires of playing Salman?s bumbling sidekick. The three men show off their camaraderie by pissing on the fields together, knocking down beer, and doing their special handshake (done to death in a zillion films).

Then there?s the love interest , a Katrina-resembling Zarine Khan forever bathed in soft light, hair gently flying about, adorned up to the nose, and looking like a piece of jewellery herself. No harm there; she carries the look fabulously. The story takes a turn when Veer who has been trained to avenge the death of thousands of his tribesmen, the Pindaris, falls for the daughter of the very King (Jackie Shroff) who was responsible for it all. So, like his father who fell for the enemy?s daughter (Neena Gupta, smiling non-stop), Veer too follows suit. Add to that, the British and their cunning ways, unscrupulous kings siding with the oppressors, and chest-thumping dialoguebaazi about patriotism.

Veer, mounted on lush production values, shows you everything in hyperbole: the costumes and jewellery, the battlefield, the body count, the unattainably beautiful princess, and the comic-book style hero. And it?s not just the hero?s antics (he breaks a sword into two with a single hand) that make the film comic-booky; there?s also his arch enemy wearing a faux hand made out of solid gold complete with a bracelet and rings, and a British chief looking like Mogambo with a bellowing laughter.

The CG generated blood oozing out on the battlefield is tacky, and unnecessary. There are scenes that elongate the film for no reason, like two tribesmen fighting over who will lead the fight. Other portions are unintentionally funny ? the way Veer finishes off a wrestler (straight out of a B-grade horror film), and the roar that constantly accompanies the visual of an angry Veer ready for combat. The makers honestly could have thought out the ending that robs the film of any credibility it may have built up, and is likely to have the audience in fits of giggles.

Performances are all largely good. Salman Khan (what?s with the fluctuating hair) puts in an honest performance, but looks a bit over-age to play the dashing, young hero who can whisk off the princess and fight a battle despite a bullet wound. Khan is stuck doing pretty much the same thing he did in Wanted - courting the heroine, killing lots of people, and saying the hero-style dialogue. Zarine Khan is pretty and does display a screen presence. Jackie Shroff is menacing as the unreliable king and Mithun Chakraborty brings out the rawness in his hurt Pindari character.

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All through the film, we are expected to gush at the exorbitantly shot scenes. It?s a no holds-barred production, just the way director Anil Sharma (best known for Gadar- Ek Prem Katha) likes it. Sharma fashions his filmmaking style out of old Hindi films (the excessive emotions; the mother?s kangan to be passed on to the bahu and that sort of thing) and Hollywood warrior flicks.

You can see it in the details: the dialogue running to the shot of horses running, the sweeping camera, heck, even a Titanic-style `real? party. The action is the typical battle drone full of swords and horses. Even the attempts to make Veer larger-than-life by making him do stunts like jumping on a running train are just old tricks.

Dialogue is written to elicit seetis from single-screen theatres and one line even says something to the effect of: `A man should have strength in his arms. Then, there?s no difference between a horse and a woman (you just need to pick them up)?. Songs follow the period film formula of melodious numbers; the recurring, signature tune is very interesting.

So there you have it ? a period film like any other: with the hero, the heroine, the British villains, battles, horses, body counts and, finally, the triumphant ending. Seen it all before someplace?

Verdict: 1.5 stars

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