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Veer-Zaara (2004 Bollywood Romantic Drama) Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, & Rani Mukerji
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In honor of Valentine’s Day this weekend, it is only natural that the movie for this month be one about love. But I feel really thrilled as I write this because the movie I want to share is not just about love but also about Love.
What do I mean?
The love many of us experience can often be situational- depending on a host of expectations, behaviors and a contractual agreement. If that agreement is broken, then love can change into despair, feelings of abandonment, disillusionment and even envy and hatred. This love is very much dependent on the ‘form’ of how things appear on the outside.
Yet True Love is about content- what is felt inside the heart and where there is only a strong desire that impels us to share, give, care and, well, simply be Love.
Nothing asked. Nothing expected.
Amazingly, there is not sacrifice here as we would expect but a sense of richness, and fullness. Love is who we are and when we step into this Love we drink deeply and are filled from within. And we see this reflected in our relationships, but only because we made an active and conscious choice to first find that place of Love within.
In the movie Veer-Zaara, we meet a couple- Veer, a pilot in the Indian Air Force, and Zaara, a young woman from Pakistan. They are brought together by a chance yet destined encounter that will intertwine their lives forever. Like all classic love stories, Veer-Zaara is a story of romance, love, separation and union. In typical Indian tradition, we are treated to the classical Bollywood masala (mixture) of song, dance and beautiful visual scenes from India.
It is a wonderful experience to watch Veer and Zaara find Love through a tale that spans over 22 years. Concepts of sacrifice, family obligation, societal expectations as well as religious and geographic divisions all must be brought into awareness so that they can be dissolved in the presence of Love. In the end we are poetically reminded that all separation divides and it is only True Love that heals and unites.