‘Making Veer was very stressful’

‘Making Veer was very stressful’

SALMAN KHAN WHO has turned script writer with his upcoming dream project Veer says the film has been a stressful experience for him as an actor and a writer.

“It was a stressful experience for me. But Veer has shaped up well and I am happy with the final product,” Salman told reporters at the music launch of the film.

The period flick, set in 1875, is slated for a theatrical release on January 22, 2010.

Salman, who has further toned his body to suit the role, had first conceived the idea of making a movie on the exploits of a Pindari soldier 20 years ago.

Speaking about his new co-star Zarine Khan, Salman said Zarine was a brilliant newcomer as she belongs to the new generation.

Meanwhile director Anil Sharma disapproved of comparisons between Zarine and Katrina Kaif. “It is unfair to compare a newcomer with anybody. By doing this you are belittling the efforts and hard work of a young actor,” he said.

Music composers Sajid-Wajid have given the music in the film while Oscar-winning lyricist Gulzar has penned the songs.

Sharma, who had earlier directed Gadar, a love story set during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, said he was initially apprehensive about Sajid-Wajid.

“They have done a good job of collaborating ethnic Indian music with Western influences to give a contemporary look to the music album.

“Initially, I didn’t want to work with them as I felt scoring music for a period film was not their cup of tea. I had even given them the option of getting another composer if I did not like their tunes. Happily, they did not disappoint me,” Sharma said.

Sajid and Wajid said the film’s script is close to Salman’s heart. “It was a great challenge for us because our earlier films with Salman have done well. There was no pressure. Being sincere towards our work and being true toourselves was important,” the musician brothers said.

They said they rehearsed on several musical instruments and included them in the final tunes.

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