By Prakash Babu, Showbiz Bites Staff Writer
Director: Faraz Haider
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Javeed Jafferi and Soha Ali Khan
Music: Aslam Keyi
The subject of war comedies is quite popular in the west and we often see the films being churned out in the west on this subject. Well, the audiences like them, which is why the subject is famous and well-received over there. In India, the movies on war have been in plenty, but there is no war comedy as such. The idea of a war comedy has been introduced in Bollywood as ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ by the director Faraz Haider. It is not easy to make a film like this when the two neighbors are in sensitive relations. But the director tries his best to make a fine cinematic venture to dish out the viewers a good war comedy. But the question remains whether he succeeds or not? Let’s explore the answer from the review.
This genre is undoubtedly new in Bollywood front and so it is appreciable from all respects. The idea is unique and the best thing is that the film makes rib-tickling and funny comments on the politicians of both sides in addition to American and Chinese interference. Well, this really looks enjoyable. The best thing is that the director conveys the message of no fight or war between the two countries. The intention of the director is really honorable. His efforts are appreciable, but his execution of the subject on screen looks amateurish. This is where the film falters.
The film talks about the relationships of both Indian and Pakistani soldiers. By the time war breaks out, the story takes a new turn. What will the soldiers at both sides now do is what the film offers you?
The concept is unique and appreciable. The screenplay is good, but not convincing thoroughly. The first half of the movie is really enjoyable whereas the post interval portions are not powerful to catch the viewers’ attention. Direction, as mentioned above, looks amateurish. Cinematography is a work of art. Music is just about okay and there was no need at all to inject the songs into the subject like this.
Sharan Joshi enacts the part well. Javeed Jafferi is good to watch. Soha Ali Khan as a journo looks stupendous.
On the whole, War Chhod Na Yaar is an appreciable attempt and a unique subject in Bollywood. But the film falters in execution and screenplay.