Movie Review: Veer (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

veer1VEER drives home a few hard facts…
No amount of gloss can substitute for an engaging story.
Not all directors are capable of pulling off a period film.
No star – howsoever strong his rankings are – can infuse life in a comatose script.

Everyone’s awaiting VEER with bated breath. The film industry will get another breather if VEER goes the 3 IDIOTS way at the box-office. The junta will have one more fascinating genre to look forward to, if VEER appeals to them. But your hopes go crashing as reel after reel of VEER unfurl.

Salman Khan [who has been credited as the story writer of VEER] takes TARAS BULBA, adds GLADIATOR, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, TROY, TITANIC and even KRANTI [the end is a straight lift of Manoj Kumar’s Dilip Kumar starrer] and comes up with this khichdi which gets unpalatable after a point.


As the British enslave India with their devious Divide and Rule policy, kings and nawabs fall to their guile and cunning schemes and entrust their precious kingdom to the foreigners. Except for the brave Pindaris, who prefer death to dishonour and will fight to their last breath to save their land.

The bravest, the toughest, the strongest of the Pindaris is Veer [Salman Khan]. As Veer takes on the might of the British Empire, he also has to fight the conniving King of Madavgarh [Jackie Shroff] as well his own jealous tribesmen. At stake is his love for princess Yashodhara [Zarine Khan], daughter of his sworn enemy. At stake is his thirst to avenge his father’s dishonour.

VEER has it all – great stars, opulent and majestic sets, adrenaline pumping action scenes, but no soul. The movie begins with a bang, but the moment the story shifts to London, it crashes!


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “It’s sheer delight to watch Sallu and Mithun together on screen”

Buzz 18

3.0 “it is just an above average flick; blame it on the director and the writer”
3.0 “a paisa vasool movie just for watching Salman Khan alone. Do check it out if you want to experience a guilt pleasure entertainer”

Real Bollywood

3.0 “isn’t close to as bad as some of the reviews suggest. Its watchable and very enjoyable”
Average Reviews
2.5 “no classic epic, but it has the trappings to keep you glued to your seat”
2.5 “doesn’t offer variety. But if you are a veracious Salman Khan fan, Veer is watchable”
2.5 “loses a lot due to a tardy screenplay, a headless script and an old-fashioned direction”
Times Of India
2.5 “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”
2.5 “is no different from countless other Hindi films made on family rivalry. It manages to hold one’s interest only in parts”
Movie Talkies
Negative Reviews
2.0 “a waste or resources, talent and of course, our time..and ticket money”
Khalid Mohamed
2.0 “A word of caution, watch ‘Veer’ only if you are a die-hard Salman fan!”
Zee News
2.0 “Unacceptable in these times”
IBN Live
2.0 “requires a soap opera heart and lots of dheer (patience). Strictly for Salman fans who never mind the story in being a part of the actor’s glory.”
1.5 “is just a joke because of its laughable and ridiculous happy ending and poor execution”
Star Box Office
1.5 “I can’t figure out what this film was about either. Get me a quick and dirty ‘Baap Ka Badla’ any Friday!”
Hindustan Times
1.5 “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”
1.5 “a monumental disappointment!”
1.5 “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? “
1.0 “an impassioned, feverish bad, the kind that is as pure of heart as it is innocent of style. Anil Sharma bad”
1.0 “a film so dated it hurts. Imagine Manmohan Desai’s atrocious Mard, but minus Mr Desai or Mr Bachchan”
1.0 “a very, very terrible film, which has lots of thudding hoofs, bloodstained swords, chopped-off heads plus brawny men hooting and fighting”
Mumbai Mirror

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