Starring Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, and Sohail Khan. In Hindi with English subtitles. Rated 14A.
Hyped as Salman Khan’s magnum opus, and penned by his own hand, Veer is an anachronistic mashup that fails completely. Played in all sincerity as an epic love story and a historical drama, this film lacks the one critical element of any period film: attention to detail. The narrative of this film is disrupted at every moment with glaring illogical inaccuracies in the sets, the costumes, the music, and in the story itself.
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The title character is played by Salman Khan as the musclebound warrior son of a Pindari leader who is charged from infancy with the task of avenging his father’s defeat by both the British and the traitorous King of Madavgarh. We first meet the adult Veer as he and his companions loot a train whose cargo is Indian gold bound for England, a fitting task for any anticolonial hero. However, the drama of the moment is substantially compromised by the fact that Khan is outfitted in modern leather pants and what can only be called a very pretty blouse.
Such gaffes litter the screen as Veer, with his brother Punya (Sohail Khan), travels to England as part of the infamous Macaulay education plan, delivers a few rousing antiimperialist speeches, kills countless British soldiers, romances an Indian princess (the daughter of his sworn enemy), and returns safely to India. Upon his return, he vows to marry the princess, kill her father, and uproot the British along the way.
It is really not possible to take this film seriously. The music is a muddled mess of multiple genres, and the love story falls flat. There are many gory battle scenes, and Khan displays his musculature in every frame. But there simply isn’t enough gravitas in the film to justify its ambitious claims.