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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Bollywood forbidden love tale with song, dance, drama.

Movie NR 2004 192 minutes
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If Veer-Zaara stuck to the intense romance and the fantastic soundtrack, this Bollywood feature would have had a real shot at some Hollywood bucks. Especially when you add in the head-turning star power of Shah Ruhk Khan and Preity Zinta. But most Americans will have a hard time making it through act three's never-ending court scene and will find the long speeches about peace and understanding between nations more heavy-handed than poignant -- important sentiments certainly, but way overstated here. And then there's Zaara's dad almost literally dying of dishonor -- that's melodrama for you.

Back to the singing and dancing: when Veer sings about beautiful Northern India you'll want to visit immediately. We see saris in a stunning array of bright colors dot miles of lush fields and a village carnival bursts into merry celebration. Shortly after, Indian icon Amitabh Bachchan makes a great cameo in a raucous Lodi festival number. Just try to keep from getting up and dancing along. Even the slower love songs will hold viewers, especially as Zaara dreams about seeing Veer everywhere while she prepares for her wedding. You'll be as hypnotized as Zaara and tempted to wish the movie would never end. But careful what you wish for.

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