Movie – Veer-Zara (2004)
Do pal appeared in the Yash-Raj Films’ romrama Veer-Zara (2004), directed by Yash Chopra and produced by Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra. The movie starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, etc.
The government of Pakistan decides to take up cases of Indian prisoners that had not been previously solved; as a gesture of goodwill. An aspiring Pakistani Lawyer Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukherji)’s first case is that of a prisoner, who had not spoken to anyone for the last 22 years. This prisoner, whose number is 786, had been holding a light anklet in his hand. Saamiya has to convince him to open up.
On hearing his name, Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), the man opens up to reveal that he was an Indian Air Force officer and was about to fall in love with Zaara. But, in the beginning of the narrative, Lahorite Zara or Zara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta) is blissfully ignorant of what was to happen to her. She is sleeping in her room and her maid Shabbo (Divya Dutta) is trying to wake her up.
Zara is a carefree, independent and lively young Pakistani girl, belonging to a politically-inclined family. Shabbo tells her that someone had liked her for marriage only on the basis of her looks. She also tells Zara that she would have to change herself for her husband and in-laws. But, the happy-go-lucky Zara has a mind of her own.
Soon, her life turns haywire when her governess Bebe (Zohra Sehgal) expires and she takes off to India to fulfill the older woman’s last wish. But as fate could have it, Zara’s bus gets involved in an accident and Veer has to rescue her. While he rescues her, he seems to get attracted to her. But, I wonder how that happens because there is too much kohl on her eyes making them gaudy.
After an overnight stay in a dhaba (without any issues because all men are good in India!?!), Zaara tries to get into a bus to take her to Satluj river to immerse her Bebe’s ashes. Though Veer is supposed to take another bus, he joins her as she is sent to the roof and becomes her self-appointed bodyguard. When her work in India is done, Veer gets her a ticket to go back home. Then, she asks him what can she do in return for his help. He asks her if she could give him a day. She readily agrees. He takes her back home where she is welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm.
She meets his mother Saraswati Kaur (Hema Malini) and his father Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Amitabh Bachchan). They celebrate Lodi that night. The next day, Veer takes Zara to the border for a safe train journey back home. But, Zara’s fiancé Raza Sharazi (Manoj Bajpai) appears at the railway station to pick her up. Before she gets inside the train, Veer manages to confess his love for her. But, she is unable to reply. He is unsure of her reaction. This song is heard in the background at this time.
Song – Do pal
Do pal was penned by Javed Akhtar on the music scored by Madan Mohan. The music has been refurbished by the composer’s son Sanjeev Kohli,
The gist of the song is “The caravan of dreams stopped for a couple of seconds. Then, I went my way and you the other.”
Video – Do pal
Cinematography is by Anil Mehta.
The video opens with Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta going their own ways, on the railway platform. The song begins in the background. Manoj Bajpai is talking to the actor playing the ticket checker.
One of Preity Zinta’s light anklets is left with Shah Rukh Khan. This video also contains some footage of another version of the song, appearing at a different point of time in the movie. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Lata Mangeshkar and Sonu Nigam take up the playback. Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Manoj Bajpai and others perform the song with some other actors.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.