wogma rating: Watch when on TV/online (?) - Salman Khan Fans - go for it!
I don't know about bravery and courage, but I recognize the attempt in making an epic entertainer and I see partial success. Unfortunately, only partial. And yet, Salmaniacs can rejoice!Read more
- meeta, a part of the audience
Ancestral feud. Mutual hatred. Boy meets girl. And if that ain't enough, you have rom-com, song-dance sequences and comic relief. Those, as we all know, are the ingredients of the masala cocktail. They seem to be in almost the right proportion too. How much each element is allowed to marinate is where things go wrong. So, while it’s a go right ahead for "Salmaniacs", for others it's not a complete loss either.
That could be because some masalaparameters are kept void, like a love triangle, a spy in the tribe, etc. But, if we really wanted to get into what could have been, there is a lot more that could've been straightened out for it to make a better mark with the audiences. For example, the comic element in the romantic thread distracted from the story big time. The sincerity of the lovers didn't reach us mainly due to the laughs the makers seek to generate.
Then, there's the almost 3-hour length and the pace at which every elements of the story unfolds. While the introduction to various Rajahs and Sardars and their black, white and guess what…some gray characters takes up the first half, it isn't boring. For one the way the camera moves, pans and zooms, make you marvel at the terrain. Then the songs, especially Taali, is composed, sung, picturized (in a smallish tribal den), and choreographed to draw and keep your attention. At this point you are wondering about the story that is still waiting to be told and you see potential too.
Welcome the second half. While the good things of the first half are nowhere to be seen, the plot leads you to some extremely involving conflicts and dilemmas. The politics between the British, the Rajputs and the commoners is intriguing. So, you don't really miss the enjoyable music, because there's something that keeps you hooked. Unfortunately, the pace at which it needs to be told now (in the hour that's left) is a challenge. And everything has to be resolved in a hurry, leaving way too many important questions unanswered. And it ends in the most disappointing fashion ever!
At the end, it is like almost every Salman-starrer. More about him, the actor, than about his character. He plays the cool-dude only wearing Pindhari outfits (I've serious doubts any of the costumes were researched or authentic). His dad played by Mithun does his bit of being happy, full of valor and emotional in turns. The beautiful-but-plaster-of-Paris look of debutant Zarine Khan is interesting only because of the meat her character could potentially hold. Yes, a woman in an epic drama actually had a valuable role, but in the end it all collapses into the humdrum. How I wish, her actions were explained a little better and she was shown to have a brain of her own. Her dilemma between love and duty was worthy of some more detail.
Because my time in the theater was spent smiling and waiting for interesting things to happen, it kept me interested. But once out, when I think about each element in the story that caught my fancy, I realized it wasn't developed further. They didn't take it to a conclusion, logical or otherwise. I'd still not trash it; it's a fair attempt to entertain, and manages to do that intermittently.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The look of Veer is easy on the eye – all earth colours and lambent lighting – and the director (or at least his stunt coordinator) appears to have learnt from Ashutosh Gowariker’s missteps in Jodhaa-Akbar.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...“Taali” the first song of the movie, also makes an impression, as its well shot and choreographed, with more than 100 people dancing on the screen in their own styles.... full review
So-So, by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY : ...an out-and-out Anil Sharma film and there are no pretenses when it comes to that. The canvas is larger-than-life and some of the scenes have been shot spectacularly.... full review
So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...ou can savour the larger-than-life canvas, for some time at least. Periodically, you can enjoy the lavish expanse of this epic which boasts of some fine cinematography... full review
Thumbs down, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...After much bloodshed and pointless fights (even a joust), the story eventually winds to an end that will leave many viewers squirming in their seats with embarrassment.... full review
Thumbs down, by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice : ...Thankfully the middle portion when Salman and Sohail travel to London becomes a bit more engaging. However, that doesn't last long because the screenplay takes yet another dive towards the end.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com : ...Nothing of substance really happens in the flick. And when you blend emptiness with cheesiness, you end up with quite a few tomatoes and rotten eggs at the box office.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...Anyway I have a theory about Jackie Shroff and any film that stars him. My theory is that any film that has him in a central role is doomed... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com : ...I've never seen so many perfectly made up, eyeliner-wearing warriors (let alone a hero with L'oreal-dyed hair and a poncho) in a time of brutes and hand-to-hand brutality.... full review
Thumbs down, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...The post interval portions drag on, with the audience fed with nothing more than expensive sets, plenty of song and dance numbers and a couple of comic relief scenes featuring the unintentionally irritating Sohail Khan.... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...Zarine, has little to do other than smile and fold her hands in a placatory namaste, Sohail is asinine, Jackie deadpan and Mithun his usual self.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...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.... full review
Thumbs down, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...While the writers fail to connect the first half with the latter half and don't lend it real life credibility, the director fails in his job of editing it tightly.... full review
Thumbs down, by flyingrodent, Upper Stall : ...The performances are good enough, Mithunda (aaayyyeee!) is great as Dadda, brother Sohail is doing his bit of monkeying around as the younger bro, even the new girl Zarine Khan has her moments of looking pretty... full review
Thumbs down, by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM : ...The movie vainly tries to rebuild the old world charm with numerous scenes of jousting, Gladiator style hand-to-hand combat and a ‘swayamwar’.... full review
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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
The Pindharis (a tribe in the interiors of Rajputana), during the British Raj, are betrayed by the Prince of Madhavgadh (Jackie Shroff). The former vow to avenge the deaths of their brethren and one of the lead Pindharis (Mithun Chakroborty) train their young to fight the Rajas and the British.