Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Indian romantic drama film, directed by Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta as the eponymous leads, with Rani Mukherji, Manoj Bajpayee, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta, Boman Irani and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. Veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini make a special appearance in the film. The film's story and dialogues were written by Aditya Chopra.
Veer Zaara follows a star-crossed romance between Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian Air Force pilot and Zaara Hayaat Khan, a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore. When Veer learns Zaara loves him, he quits his job to go to Pakistan, where he is imprisoned as a spy. Years later, a young Pakistani lawyer finds Veer in prison and upon listening to his story, tries to free him.
Highly anticipated pre-release, the film eventually became the top-grossing Bollywood film of the year at both the Indian and the international box office, earning over ₹976.4 million (US$15 million) worldwide, in addition to being showcased at numerous prominent film festivals around the world. The music of the film, based on old compositions by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Javed Akhtar, was also successful.
Upon its theatrical release, Veer-Zaara received highly positive reviews from critics. The film won several awards in major Indian film award ceremonies, including the Most Popular Film award at the National Film Awards and the Filmfare Award for Best Film, among others. The film's story, dialogues, music, lyrics, performances and the sensitive portrayal of Indo-Pak relations were highly praised by critics and masses worldwide. The film featured in the British Film Institute's list of best bollywood romances.