Winning the Waar: Revival of Pakistani Cinema
After all the hype I finally managed to watch WAAR (the movie) in the cinema. So, here goes. It was more than any Bollywood action movie and just below any Hollywood movie when it comes to action. Superb acting by all, charismatic intro’s, impressive use of cameras, some patriotic touchy moments, less melo drama, violence yes (it’s highly 18+), and most importantly a movie with a take away message.
Movie inspired by actual events portrays the courage of Pakistan against terrorism. Shaan as stunning, as charming as ever, Shamoon as in the best Villain ever in a Pakistani movie, he stands out as Heath Ledger stood out in Batman Begins. Ayesha Khan proved her decency and brilliance once again. Meesha Shafi was glamorous but I thought it could have been better. Never ever expected Ali Azmat to be such a wonderful gem for the movie industry, his dialogue delivery was impactful and graceful. Aw-inspiring patriotism by Hamza Abbasi (do watch for the truck scene where he sings the National Anthem).
It’s the story of courage, loss and harsh realities that haunts all the Pakistanis day and night. Capturing the events based on real events is never easy but Director Bilal Lashari needs bravo marks here for finding the right balance of story by telling events in an authentic way but with simplicity.
From beginning to end it’s a complete entertainment. The background scores and sound effects are great. For me the movie which takes applause, laughter and screams is the movie for masses and Waar got it all. My experience in Cinema watching the movie was great.
Note to all the naysayers / critics
If you can create a better masterpiece then go on and if not then sit in your homes and watch khabarnama…. Yes, there are flaws which can be neglected as the message of the movie is quite important.
By: Yousuf Rafi