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At about forty minutes into “Waar”, I was compelled to ‘tweet’ MY status; the expletive-free version here pretty much asks the same question: when would “Waar” start thrilling. The answer: pretty much never.

As the first of what I presume many future plotless, scriptless actioners from Pakistani New Wave, director Bilal Lashari’s long-in-production actioner is as ineffective as any late night B-movie on counter-terrorism units working against the clock to stop local and international villainy. Only here, the clock never starts. The climatic brawl actually has a timed-bomb ticking away – not that it makes a squat of difference.

The idea behind Mr. Lashari’s big-budget fare is fairly on the money: a scarred one-man-army ghost-op (Shaan Shahid playing Mujtaba) is called back to active duty to save the country from a nefarious cosplaying bad guy (Shamoon Abbasi), who killed his family. In with Mujtaba is intelligence ace Javeria (Ayesha Khan), her gun-happy brother Ehtesham (Hamza Ali Abbasi), a lot of Urdu subtitles (the movie’s native language is English), and an overstretched running time.

From what it appears on the screen, the screenplay by producer Hassan Waqas Rana is a codswallop of instances taped together to form narrative coherency. Their inadequacy often functions against Mr. Lashari’s natural, and very apparent, cinematic knack.

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“Waar” has adequate cinematography and editing by Mr. Lashari (film anything in RED’s digital cinematic resolution and you’ll automatically get the clean grandness of a feature film). The lighting design becomes apparent in a few noticeable moments and the production design’s lavishness is limited to rented townhouses, apartments and a crumbling brick headquarters of our homebred terrorists.

If these benchmarks are taken into account, amongst Mr. Lashari’s own insistence to use real firepower and weaponry, then “Waar” certainly is a ‘showy’ enterprise; in reality though, it is an exercise of unwarranted overextending.

Ok, I can imagine the hate-mail pouring in right now: “do too much, and it’s overextending; do too little, and you’re underachieving. At least applaud the revival”. I agree, to a degree. There is a significant difference between making an okayish product and an intelligent one (case in point: “Josh” versus “Zinda Bhaag”; and then there was “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi”, a showboat entertainer). Superficial looks never made any ‘Wood’ (Holly, Bolly) better.

“Waar” dawdles through its pre-intermission time by shifting through Mujtaba’s grunts (and the cast’s deliberate use of English accents), some backstories and a few bits of action (the first-strike in a back-alley terrorist hideout that opens the movie is gripping).

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In between them is Eijaz Khan (Ali Azmat), a politician who wants to make a dam and serve Pakistan. His is a man who has had a moment of weakness (in the form of socio-activist played by Meesha Shafi), but is still strong-willed about his responsibilities – and maybe his own dreams of greatness. At one moment, standing alone in his balcony, he opens his arms wide to take the applause of an invisible crowd of millions. Like every young-blood politician, he has an agenda and watching Mr. Azmat work his character, as ‘real actors’ try to keep up, is a strange, if unexpected experience.

Unlike Eijaz Khan’s plans, “Waar’s” agenda is clear to a lesser degree. The story, the plot, the resolve – in fact everything – hangs on a failing thread.

A handful of scenes show Mr. Abbasi’s counter-intelligence specialist named Rumal, slipping into Pakistan, snapping people’s necks, or dancing a half-hearted tango with Ms. Shafi (Spoiler alert? I don’t think so. The clip is in the trailers). Rumal’s dread is never fully elaborated, other than what we’re told of him.

Mr. Shahid is just too stale as Mujtaba; our interest in him is limited to his skills in the field, and that too in trifling quantities.

When the movie opens, we see Mujtaba interrogating two terrorists in a bad-cop/bad-cop routine. The full scene slides its way deep into “Waar’s” second act (if there is an act structure here), and is the only scene that helps let out a guffaw. This brief moment of excellence never surfaces again.

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Instead, what we see often are episodes like this: At one instance, late in the movie, we see Mujtaba jump off a military chopper in daylight, as he makes his way to the main terrorist’s hideout, bumping off any antihero he bumps into. He even saves a couple of children (who we had no idea were there in the first place), while the rest of the covert action team serves as cannon-fodder backup.

Mujtaba gets two more shots amidst some more grieving, but they hardly matter, because like John McClane, or any of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s action-avatars, the villains are literally dead-meat when Mujtaba walks into a scene.

Speaking of action scenes, the Lahore Police Academy attack, the core foundation of “Waar’s” inspiration, is one of the few gripping moments in the movie’s 130 minute running time. The layout and the execution of the attack, whether fact or fictionalized, has the right impact.

Coming back to the cast, Ms. Khan sobs, threatens and gruff’s as much as Mr. Shahid, though to what exact effect I am perplexed. Her feminine sensuality is a seeming addition to an otherwise boys-and-their-toys flick. Ms. Khan’s on-screen brother is more captivating.

Akin to his recent stint in “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi”, Mr. Ali plays an immediately likable character who also has no real substance. Mr. Ali has few dialogues and two action scenes, but “Waar” deliberately keep him on the sidelines, as if the production was unsure of wasting Mr. Shahid’s spotlight. It would have been better if it did – or if Mr. Shahid was written with originality or panache (at the end of the day, I doubt we got to know much about Mujtaba other than what was ordered at us).

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One of my other biggest beef with “Waar” (apart from its threadbare story-layout) is its language: a movie about Pakistan, its lingering terrorist threats and valor of armed forces shouldn’t center itself on a foreign language. Even if ‘some’ of us – especially the ones in high-society – do find it better to forsake our native language, it doesn’t mean that a mainstream commercial movie should cater specifically to that small demographic. Everyone else – even if they can afford a Rs. 500 (plus) ticket – isn’t chopped liver, and new blood filmmakers should note that down in big screaming letters. Catering to the international market is one thing, but relying solely on it is either ignorance or arrogance.

The least “Waar’s” producers could do is dub the movie; on second thought, that would make everything more awkward.

Starring: Shaan Shahid, Shamoon Abbasi, Ali Azmat, Ayesha Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi.

Directed by Bilal Lashari, Produced by Hassan Waqas Rana, Written by Hassan Waqas Rana, Music by Amir Munawar with Cinematography and Editing by Mr. Lashari.

Released by Mandviwalla Entertainment and ARY Films. “Waar” is rated ‘A’ for sensuality and brief kick-ass action. The baddies die, obviously. So do you, at one point.

Mohammad Kamran Jawaid has been professionally critiquing movies for a while now – say more or less ten years, exclusively for Dawn. About 400 reviews and features later (he stopped counting a long time ago), not being as young as he was before, he still feels the urge to write for another couple of centuries.

Despite living movies 24/7 (his company (http://kamranjawaid.com) helps filmmakers make movies), he is still truly, madly, deeply in love with cinema; the root cause of this anomaly requires further clinical trials. His twitter (http://twitter.com/kamranjawaid) reveals very little about him, other than him being the Senior Film Critic for Dawn.com.

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (91)

zohair
October 18, 2013 3:09 pm

I think you are one of those critics who take pleasure in degrading others works, the beefs you mentioned above are nothing to be really annoyed by, atleast its better than other bollywood movies which shows 1 minute action sequences than mix it up with bizarre dances and music, i think you like indian movies

Aqeel Ilyas
October 18, 2013 3:13 pm

I expected it to be a pointless propaganda so thanks for reassuring. I am so looking forward to Jami's "Moor"

Bilal
October 18, 2013 3:09 pm

Useless review!Absolutely misguiding

Hasan
October 18, 2013 3:38 pm

I don't know why there has to be spoilers like everywhere. Why one can't good work? I was really disappointed throughout this review. I am sure that if the same movie was made by india then this review would have been completely different. Why do you people always have to please your indian masters? This movie had already made a record business in Pakistan in its first 2 days which means people dont have any problem with english language used in the movie then why do you?If you so much want to promote urdu then why not write this review in urdu. What i mean is that sometimes you have to think out of the box when things arent working. How good are urdu films doings? You can simply go on Twitter and see what people are saying about this movie! Actually you are the only person not impressed by the movie except the indians ofcourse. Please try to appreciate these some good things which some good people are trying to do.

AK
October 18, 2013 4:06 pm

Right.... so .....not bad for a first attempt regardless of the foreign competition and lack of infrastructure and a dying industry.....or should he not bother again? I'd like to see you make a film in Pakistan.

AK
October 18, 2013 4:04 pm

Right.....so.....not bad for a first attempt considering the foreign competition, lack of infrastructure and a dying industry.....or should he not bother again? I'd like to see you make a film in Pakistan.

Bilal
October 18, 2013 4:15 pm

This article is rubbish.. please give me back my 10 minutes that i wasted in reading this.

Saleem
October 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Unfortunately you are amongst the perpetual nay sayers....people who will never accept anything good coming from others unless it has your blessing, which in case doesn't appear to be the case. This movie like Bol and Khuda ke liye brought people back to cinema to watch a Pakistani movie. No small feat on its own. The least you can do is to be a bit appreciative of the effort. It is not competing for best on Oscars, so there is no point in judging it that way. We will get there, but it will take, effort and a bit of appreciation from our very own.

Waqas
October 18, 2013 5:00 pm

Ok agree the storyline was not that good but i doesn't mean that you dis credit the whole movie ........ for God sake don't compare it to mega Hollywood stuff ........ just consider it as a Pakistani action movie ..... this review ... not useful at all .....

The Movie "Waar" was an epic movie .... 9/10 and everybody should watch it ..... amazing movie with deep effects

Hasan
October 18, 2013 6:20 pm

I don't know why there has to be spoilers like everywhere. Why one can't good work? I was really disappointed throughout this review. I am sure that if the same movie was made by india then this review would have been completely different. Why do you people always have to please your indian masters? This movie had already made a record business in Pakistan in its first 2 days which means people dont have any problem with english language used in the movie then why do you?If you so much want to promote urdu then why not write this review in urdu. What i mean is that sometimes you have to think out of the box when things arent working. How good are urdu films doings? You can simply go on Twitter and see what people are saying about this movie! Actually you are the only person not impressed by the movie except the indians ofcourse. Please try to appreciate these some good things which some good people are trying to do.

Imran Siddiqui
October 18, 2013 7:00 pm

If this movie was an Indian movie against Pakistan then Mr. Jawaid would have been in love with that movie. In a country which has never produced an action pack movie at this caliber, Waar is a like breadth of fresh air. I hope that Pakistani movie makers will be inspired by this movie and will continue to make movies showing the world class potential of Pakistani artists.

abbasi
October 18, 2013 7:31 pm

really feel sad to see this review.every one is well aware with situation of pakistan,s film industry .still it waar is a good attempt to revive its position.its a beginning not an end.films director will learn from their mistake.but by publishing this kind of reviews will disappoint audience to watch it in cinemas .if we can se third class Bollywood movies .why we cant support our own production.

Adnan Ali
October 18, 2013 7:46 pm

Mr. Kamran, I dnt get your point. what you are trying to tell others? I am taking your this review feature as a useless effort by you to become a critic. English is used to tell outsiders what we are and what others are doing to us. Do u have any prblm wid mr. lashari or our ans to movies like hindustan ki kasam,border,loc??? kindly check IMDB rating of this movie,i think that will satisfy u. Thanks...

Iram
October 18, 2013 7:59 pm

It's in English? Wow, that IS sad. Was planning to see, won't now.

M.Sarmad
October 18, 2013 8:36 pm

So you want movies to be like "Chennai Express" which ends when it starts really poor and useless movie. Waar is far better then these cheap action bollywood movies. Did you see Shan in cheap action like "sulman khan". If you guys enjoy watching these cheap action movies then you know nothing about a good film.

M.Sarmad
October 18, 2013 8:40 pm

@Waqas: yes you are right although story line was not very good but over-all movie was better then chesap action bollywood movie which are totally base less.

Unknown
October 18, 2013 9:29 pm

And the media sudo liberals need barnol. It is clear that they are unable to digest something good from Pakistan or Pakistani film industry.

usman
October 18, 2013 9:43 pm

This Article is Rubbish. Please ignore it and go watch the movie :)

FSharif
October 18, 2013 9:58 pm

Completely misguided review... writer seems to be from other side of the border :D It's going to be a super duper hit... mind it :D

Adeel Ahmed
October 18, 2013 10:06 pm

The reviewer is entitled to his opinion, as are the thousands of people who went to watch this movie, made it the most successful hit of the year (yes, overtaking the crap Indian stuff that we as a nation seem to have become addicted to), and applauded and cheered throughout the movie. My family and I were amongst these "pseudo-patriotic fools", as some "enlightened, pseudo-intellectuals" like to call us.

Watch this movie. To give Pakistani cinema another chance if not for anything else. My rating: 8/10.

Salman
October 18, 2013 10:22 pm

Waste of time article.. I'm sure its light years ahead of crappy comedy action packs bollywood releases every weekend.. and this guy would give a solid review for all the supernatural punches and matrix flying kicks and dodging bullets.. Great effort to new gen film makers, i hope you guys revive the industry. Thumbs up Shan, may be the only hero who can be a part of new gen films..

Rohit Sharma
October 19, 2013 12:25 am

Okay, a lot of comments on how Indians must have hated the film so I thought maybe I should give my views on this review as well. I feel the review is unjustified. As a movie, perhaps 'Waar' is indeed as tasteless as the reviewer says, but I do admit it is an honest attempt in an industry that needed a financial success badly. It is not always necessary to produce quality films - in india we have the likes of 'Dabang' and 'Boss' that every reviewer hates but since they do good at the box office they are a necessity to keep the industry wealthy and capable of making more films.

Lets keep in mind that once the money starts flowing in the cinema halls, the condition of cinema in Pakistan will easily improve- weather the film is good or bad hardly matters.

Ali
October 19, 2013 12:31 am

I am happy to see that all true Pakistanis are on same line and ready to push off all the propaganda against our local talent and endeavor to uplift a shredded film industry

Tiger Shrimp
October 19, 2013 1:04 am

Dude, Now I have to watch it. Good luck watching Diana with a Hankie!

Nadeem (US)
October 19, 2013 1:34 am

Kamran Javaid, buddy don't do that again. This film industry is trying to revive, help our own film industry to bounce back. It's just the begining, they will learn from their experience and produce much better movies.

sultan
October 19, 2013 2:18 am

WAAR is a really good movie .everyone must watch it.plzzzz dont go with the judgement of this article.you must watch and decide by yourself.

Ahmed
October 19, 2013 2:50 am

I dont know why you are so negative! I guess its the media war! Waar is much much better than any action pack bollywood movie! the dialogs are awesome. Visual effects are excellent. Atleast its our own movie. Poor article, wasted my time. For God sake you media ppl dont ruin this effort from Bilal Lashari.

nav
October 19, 2013 3:18 am

Waste of time to read the view, we should to watch the movie, its better than boss

Adil
October 19, 2013 3:20 am

There is a difference between a movie "review" and "anything I can dig out to criticize". Such a waste of time! Every commercial venture has issues. Try to get productive and look for some real insights if you actually plan to review again. I suppose your sense of reality is in James Bond or Thor, or in the massala song&dance of the indian movie. I suggest you turn your cannons to holly and bolly woods for some time - Pakistani cinema will do just fine without your reviews for the time being.

Jami
October 19, 2013 4:28 am

I assume it's rated A for all the profanities. I agree with most of your analysis, though I think you are being a bit too harsh. Ali Azmat's acting isn't any good (you probably like it cause he doesn't speak English). Shan, Ayesha Khan and Kamran Lashari put in good performances. Shamoon wasn't bad either. Cinematography is top notch and VFX is pretty decent. But yes the script is predictable and weak (the sensitive issue of terrorism is addressed haphazardly, more propaganda than critical analysis). Dialogues are horrid and the English seems totally out of place. Characters are poorly developed and the plot doesn't excite much.

Saying all that, it's still the best Pakistani film of the last few years and definitely sets a benchmark. No other Pakistani film comes close, not your beloved MHSA (that script was awesome right?) or the pseudo intellectual Zinda Bhaag. Those films bored me, made me want to walk out and kept me looking at my watch. With this film not so much, production value is good and it totally entertains. If any one asks me a recommendation for a Pakistani film, this will be it.

Salim Khan
October 19, 2013 5:05 am

Just a bad review. It appears to me the author of this article is a fan of Indian movies. I don't to waste much of time on writing more about it.

Omer
October 19, 2013 6:06 am

Now, now, everyone calm down. Why do we have to blatantly diss everything we don't agree with by calling it "rubbish", accusing it serves "indian masters" and so on? Kamran has his point of view as a movie critic, and as cinema-goers we have our own. However, considering the fact that over 200 million PKR went into the making of this film, elements such as:

(i) the choice of language: The dialogues in English ruined delivery and the impact of the message + (ii) weak screenplay: which missed a coherent narrative, and forcibly intertwined '6 short stories' for the sake of the film & (iii) bad acting — were well within control of the filmmakers.

Also, the author agrees with the idea of revival i.e. revival of Pakistan's cinema with Pakistani films, so I believe there is no agenda to serve Hollywood or India for that matter.

I personally believe it was a good effort as Pakistan's first action triller, especially the sound design. It really ups the ante from previous films. However there's a lot of room for improvement, which a movie critic is supposed to talk about candidly.

Please try to look at both sides of the coin and be respectful with your comments. We can all have engaging, purposeful discussions that way.

Omer.

Jamil
October 19, 2013 7:29 am

The writer is merely immersed in the praise of his own lyrical ability to throw meaningless terms at the reader, as opposed to providing an objective review of the movie. It is an excellent action PAKISTANI movie, not a BBC documentary or multi million Hollywood thriller.

Mir
October 19, 2013 9:28 am

@zohair: What the critic said he wanted was a more INTELLIGENT script. This doesn't require money. It doesn't require millions of dollars, thousands of men and tonnes of props. All it requires is some focus and planning.

Friedeggs
October 19, 2013 10:12 am

If you have a beef with the movie being in English, did you consider printing your review in an Urdu daily? Such hypocrisy.

Khurram Shahzad
October 19, 2013 10:27 am

Mr. Kamran Jawaid or whatsoever belongs to such a league of pessimistic losers. Some of the readers have agreed on article's one point that script is weak. May I ask? Where you find loopholes in the story line? This movie is about terrorism / counter terrorism in Pakistan. Just let me know how you want this story to be depicted. Criticism for sake of criticism only nothing but futile. Few months ago we have seen Hollywood biggies like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. Both the movies were nominated for Oscars. Believe me story line of these movies were nothing but pathetic. Mr. Rana's effort in form of WAAR is far better then Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. At last but not least, critics like Mr. Kamran Jawaid say that English language of WAAR is a drawback. Ok, then why this movie is doing exceptional business in Pakistan where majority population is Urdu speaking.

Iftikhar
October 19, 2013 11:32 am

dear writer, you don't know how to review a movie... the title should be "Everything wrong with the movie WAAR".

Hadi
October 19, 2013 11:54 am

This review looks dishonest, any one here who actually saw the movie can you give a rating out of 10?

sami
October 19, 2013 12:04 pm

Rubbish review, wasted my time.

Shann Masala
October 19, 2013 12:53 pm

@Bilal: Thoroughly disappointed with you that you took 10 mins to read this article. You should have stopped after the 15th or 20th line of the article.

I just read the first 10 lines and then looked the pictures in this article. By the way, still ahven't seen the movie as yet. A compllete sold out schedule and will seem so till the end of this week.

sunny
October 19, 2013 1:13 pm

A person who's english is not that good or even don't understand specially in american accent then has to buy one more extra ticket for his/her interpreter. This movie is not for Desi/Urdu Pakistani.

khurram
October 19, 2013 1:12 pm

Best movie produced by PAk cinema truly depicting the sinister role of RAW and the dynamics of the war on terror,

Pune-Mumbai Express
October 19, 2013 1:22 pm

There are only 3% Pakistani speaking English and Movies native language is English. Whole films business future is imposing on Urdu speaking viewers. How this movie collect their 200 Million PKR from 35 theaters out of which 8 are Multiplexes and 27 are single theaters?? Really producer have big guts.

Tehami Latif
October 19, 2013 1:20 pm

I agree with the writer...BOL and KKL were great movies. Shan was wonderful in BOL.Shows how an excellent and talented person like Shoaib Mansoor can make their cast shine and how Shaan was just at par in Waar. Even more disturbing were the frequent expletives, while Taliban's views on Islam are perverse neither could be further than having un necessary expletives in a jam packed family theater. I would give this movie a 1 star only.

Maryam
October 19, 2013 2:29 pm

why people like you cant say anything positive?

Khirman sulehri
October 19, 2013 4:57 pm

Why such reviwes are given place at a forum like DAWN,, please think about that as well,, its really disappointing that we undermine our own efforts to become heroes in the eyes of our adversaries,,everywhere you go across the world people regard our country esp in muslim world,, the only people who dont are we pakistanis,,,it is really unfortunate.

amir
October 19, 2013 6:40 pm

good film.....coment sy pehly film dikh lai..rebuild pakistani industry goood luck

Shabu
October 19, 2013 6:38 pm

The movie is not as impressive as trailer.But its a good attempt for reviving Pakistani cinema.

Raja
October 19, 2013 7:43 pm

@Maryam: Nice reply.

shamie
October 19, 2013 9:44 pm

the movie was a total nonsense...the american accent of the actors makes the plot so very unreal , and for god sake our army is no angel don't forget they themselves have been accused to supporting terrorists like haqqani network and other terror groups ...this movie was not good at all.

ashar
October 20, 2013 1:27 am

the best part in WAAR is when there was a attACK undergoing in police academy and yet people in canteen of that same academy have no clue, not even noticing a dumb women who wore suicide jacket over her clothes..the food must be so good

Ali
October 20, 2013 1:37 am

@Hadi: entirely honest.

Zunaira
October 20, 2013 2:54 am

I am probably the only one here who agrees with the writer completely.

Absolutely Right
October 20, 2013 2:58 am

my main issue with the movie was the language. it should def had been in urdu cause of the relevance to Pakistan and ALL of its people. dialogues in urdu wouldve have been mucch harder hitting. most of the scenes just lost intensity cuz of the most actors were expressing themselves so awkwardly

Zahid Hameed
October 20, 2013 3:15 am

Dear Sir, If this movie has been launched under the banner of Geo TV then might have seen that each and every column writer from Jang News group will be praising it. But as this movie is released under the banner of ARY Digital that's why they will criticize it. Put the business a side and think like a Pakistani and at least praise the work of someone who comes like a fresh air in film industry of Pakistan. So stop criticizing and give the credit to the new blood coming into the stream line of Pakistan cinema. About 95% of audience is praising this movie after watching it. So be Pakistani and support Pakistani cinema. I m in Saudia other wise I must have watched that movie. Regards, Zahid Hameed,

Ayesha Qazi
October 20, 2013 5:10 am

I stopped reading your review in about 9 sec.....such negativity was a turned down for me.....will watch the movie for sure

saiqha
October 20, 2013 7:01 am

Loved the movie..All pakistanis should be proud..

Ravi from Pune
October 20, 2013 11:42 am

Waar Movie budget was funded by Pakistani Army - Hindustan Times.

Spielberg
October 20, 2013 11:36 am

Biased review.

Zubair
October 20, 2013 11:45 am

Now I will definitely see the movie. Writers seems obsessed with Indian movie. Mr Writer if you make it more controversial people will feel more attraction towards it. I was not sure earlier to see the movie but now I am going to Cine Star, Township, Lahore to see the very next show. :)

Ravi from Pune
October 20, 2013 11:54 am

Why Pakistani movie maker invest such large amount to make war basis movies. If they want to invest such large money then make some classical story remake like "Devdas" Modern youngsters story like "3-Idiots" or Serious real problem story like "Khuda ke Liye" if Pakistan would had made anyone out of these stories then it surely movie would be released in India too and can make business those made by Salman and Amir Khan's movies i.e 200 Million INR per day. Due to such war like movie which is against some countries that have limitation to run it only in their native place.

Dr Zia
October 20, 2013 12:27 pm

It was a really good movie. Good effort. For those of you who have not watched it, don't waste your time with this review. Go and watch it.

Billy Lashari
October 20, 2013 12:56 pm

Dear Author,

Its just sad that you can not accept a good movie when it comes from Pakistan and all year long we all watch the dumbest movies with the most stupid plots and recommend these movies to everyone. Why is it that when a Pakistani speaks in English, people start saying accent maar raha hai ?!? When the indian actors speak in english you never critisize them for speaking in english i.e amitabh in crore pati with the HEAVIEST accent, slumdog millionare, coffee with karan and soo onnnn. I hope you get the point.

Dont just hate the movie because its PAKISTANI.

Asif
October 20, 2013 1:55 pm

I wish I had read this review before seeing "Waar", I could have saved my money and time from going to waste. And whats this with it being in English? don't the makers of "Waar" want to entertain the masses? Or do they think they are beyond and above that? No wonder the masses flock to Indian movies, at least they speak their language.

Fawad
October 20, 2013 6:09 pm

Problem with us Pakistanis is that we like to be overly professional and therefore, subjective. I rather have mud from my country then gold dust from another..... Everything takes time and for a director who made a full fledged movie for the first time... I say bravo !!!! It's an excellent effort and for a change I like to see more of Pakistani movies made by the new generation of thinkers..... WELL DONE BILAL !!!

snb2128
October 20, 2013 6:41 pm

While I appreciate everyone's support for the pakistani film industry's revival, i agree whole heartedly with the flaws this review has found with the movie.

Having said that, I look forward to seeing films build on Waar's good ideas and learn from its failures - make cinematography a priority, for instance, as Waar did, and write more thought provoking, intelligent stories than Rana's given us this time.

I woulnd't watch Waar again but I do appreciate the direction its taking pakistani cinema in.

muhammad
October 20, 2013 8:13 pm

great film...worst review ever written :P

Nabil Toor
October 20, 2013 9:01 pm

Overall its a good movie. Yes the script is not that strong and pretty much predictable, but the direction and cinematography is epic and compensates for it to some extent. The movie is in English probably because they want to take the message outside Pakistan as well. So yes...the script could have been better.

Farah
October 20, 2013 10:08 pm

One of the best reviews ever written. Mr. Jawaid tells the truth, in a world of lies. A request to DAWN newspaper, please don't let him go!

Zeeshan
October 21, 2013 12:15 am

Great movie must watch. The propaganda which is against the movie s never become successfull . The people of pakistan must watch this movie.

S. A. M.
October 21, 2013 1:26 am

I don't understand why the author had to speak so bad about the movie. He should have remembered that the Pakistani Film Industry is trying to revive itself. The movie maker should be given a pat on his back for investing heavily in movie which may not have done yielded him any profit. Please learn to appreciate the work of new comers and you definitely cannot compare the pakistani movies with indian movies for very obvious reasons. Indian Cinema is celebrating its 100th year of existance and Bilal lashari made the first film of his life. compare apple to an apple and not to jack fruit!

Imad Khan
October 21, 2013 1:37 am

The rating for this movie on IMDb is 7.8, so it must not be that bad as the author here suggest. Please people watch the movie and then make up your own mind. I do agree on one thing with the author, the movie should have been made in Urdu or released in both English and Urdu, so that the viewers could have a choice to watch it in which ever language they prefer.

Mohammed Farooq
October 21, 2013 2:56 am

@Asif: Dear Asif brother i read your comment. Have you ever been to abroad?

Do you have any idea how people outside Pakistan look Pakistanis???

I really really appreciate their effort. This movie breaks many records.

Mohammed Farooq
October 21, 2013 2:58 am

@Zubair: Me too @Zubair

Natasha
October 21, 2013 4:03 am

Its disappointing to read this review because I was really looking forward to the movie. Can't comment on its authenticity as the movie hasn't released internationally, which is a shame given that the use of the English language means it is intended for foreign audiences?!

A part of me wants to support every product of Pakistan cinema.. but revival for the sake of it, must be discouraged - especially if it means bad products like main hoon Shahid Afridi.

Frhan Aly
October 21, 2013 4:14 am

I usually don't comment to such, but here I will add my comments, most of the Pakistani's use to watch English movies however they don't understand English, what if Pakistani's produce such movie in English Language, I will suggest all who didn't watch WAAR, they should go and watch it, if you are crazy about watching movies, I am sure you would LOVE it and feel proud that your country have such talent.

I have watched WAAR 2 times, such a lovely story, action, thrill, excellent picturisation and direction.

Keep it up BILAL LASHARI, we are waiting for more.

ibnarastoo
October 21, 2013 5:03 am

Everyone take it easy on the critic. It is one of our most beloved qualities that our own people question our own customs- God loves people who question and demand higher standards. It is more important to be humble for that will bring us honor. Pride has no place amongst a people who are advancing and evolving and changing. At the same time we should be careful that we are not too harsh and that we are not insensitive. Love one another, encourage one another and go easy on those who demand higher and better things.

The critic is right that story (a moral story) is important. But every critic should first begin with one positive comment and then move into the one negative criticism ; always mention the positive before the negative and always mention the positive with the negative.

Kashif
October 21, 2013 10:31 am

I totally disagree with Mr. Jawaid's synopsis on the movie "Waar". Let's first absorb the fact that this is a 'Commercial Movie' and not a documentary on terrorism. The direction, production, acting, cast, subject - conceivably everything is nicely managed. Waar speaks about its success when the people who were watching it stayed in the cinema during the intermission, anxiously waited for the second session to start. Our critics can applaud movies like Boss, Chennai Express and other crap from our neighboring countries but failed to realise and appreciate native initiatives. Thanks God that the Pakistan cinema has started coming out of Gujjar and Chaudhary movies' dilemma and hope that the new movies like Waar would be the stepping stone towards our cinema’s revival. Good luck Bilal Lashari!

khan
October 21, 2013 11:19 am

@Ravi from Pune: i guess you have not really seen the movie ... thats why you are saying its against some country ... its not against any country ... its against the problem we have within our society ..

Nadir
October 21, 2013 12:31 pm

@Billy Lashari: well said Mr. Lashari. i get your back.

Uzair Ahmed
October 21, 2013 1:04 pm

@Fawad: Finally, a sane voice.

hafsa
October 21, 2013 2:10 pm

better approch is better future of film industry

Asif
October 21, 2013 4:52 pm

@Mohammed Farooq: Its not a question about how the west perceive us. The point is we need to make things for our people first and stop alienating our own majority who can't

read, write or understand English. "Waar" is at most a average B-grade action flick that doesn't want to cater to majority with opting for English. And people from English speaking countries just are not sitting and waiting for "Waar" to release in there country they have their action flicks to choose

from. But when you talk to people from Liyari or Liaqabad they wouldn't know what "Waar" was about because they just won't spend that much money for a film

that doesn't even speak his language. And here my friend you talk to me about what foreigners think of us, when I worried what culture divide we our self are creating.

salim
October 21, 2013 6:15 pm

Good review. Exactly what I felt about the movie. Its clear that we can't make sleek & sophisticated movies like Bollywood or Hollywood, it's a good try though.

Imran
October 21, 2013 7:00 pm

@Ravi from Pune: OK. So the point is?

Shireen Rasheed
October 21, 2013 7:33 pm

@Billy Lashari: we are proud of you.

SALIL
October 21, 2013 7:56 pm

@Billy Lashari:

I beg to differ. Amitabh has the finest education in the best of schools. His accent and vocabulary are immaculate. Most Indian actors speak very correct , clear and good English with our normal accent.

yusuf
October 21, 2013 7:57 pm

@Farah: Agreed! I saw the film, and was saddened to seeing the juvenile trivializing of violence.. and having a bogey man from across the border. It felt wrong, and smacked of an agit-prop film.

Chin2
October 21, 2013 8:24 pm

@Billy Lashari: Indians speaking in accent. really? I don't think you know what accent is. The only actor I ever heard speaking with an accent is Katrina Kaif. Others speak flawless english but to say that they speak with a fake accent is just ludicrous. tc

Pankaj
October 21, 2013 9:45 pm

Fact 1: A predictable story line, which rely heavily on propaganda and patriotism. Fact 2: The movie has funding from the Pakistan Army through its public relations arm also helps explain its plot. Fact 3: At the same time, technically Waar is better than most Pakistani movies and is also the country’s most expensive movie made to date.

misuzu
October 21, 2013 10:57 pm

@Asif: wah kya baat hay aiteraz hay film ka angreezi may hona aur khud itna bara lecture jhaar diya usi zaban may

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