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Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Attempted Legend
I was just talking with Rakesh and we agreed that whichever character Shahrukh Khan portrays he does it as Shahrukh Khan - be it the young and dynamic Raj of DDLJ or the mute lover of Koyla. The interesting thing, however, is that in many of these characters Shahrukh Khan is much more dynamic than the character itself and lifts the role to a greater level - Deewana, Chalte Chalte or even Main Hoon Na had very ordinary characters that looked appealing because of Shahrukh's persona. Sadly, Shahrukh is not what we imagine when we think of a 50 year old silent lover - and that is where Veer Zaara, the latest attempted love legend from Yash Chopra, fails miserably. Don't get me wrong - Veer Zaara is not a bad movie but then it is a disappointment by any yardstick - my sister Pummy summed it up very well when she said, "watch it if you are either above 40 or a sucker for mushy romantic movies". I was quite disappointed because I am a huge fan of Yash Chopra, Shahrukh Khan and Aditya Chopra but all three of them let me down with this one - specially King Khan who just doesn't do justice to the role of an old and repressed man. Also the heart of any romantic masterpiece is an exciting climax and the movie falters terribly in that aspect. So watch the movie coz you anyway will but don't expect a legend or any thing resembling one either.

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