The Urdu lafz ‘Zaara’, most commonly used as a feminine name, is of Arabic origin which means beautiful flower. In Arabic, the pronunciation is Zahra which also means to sparkle, shine or bloom. The lafz ‘azhar’ (masculine) is also from the same root.

Veer-Zaara is a Yash Chopra directed Indian romantic drama film released in 2004. The movie stars Shahrukh Kham, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in the leading roles, with manoj Bajpai, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. Veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini make special appearances in the film. The dialogues were written by Aditya Chopra.
Set against the backdrop of conflict between India and Pakistan, this star-crossed romance follows the unfortunate love story of an Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh, and a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore, Zaara Haayat Khan, who are separated for over twenty years. Saamiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani lawyer, finds Veer in prison, and upon listening to his story, tries to get him freed.

In recent times, Zara has become a relatively common name for a daughter, in several countries. Zara Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne of the UK Royal Family, also the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and is a respected British equestrian.

Urduwallahs pay a tribute to Master Filmmaker Yash Chopra through the month of November.