Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)
Star cast: Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Javed Jafferi, Dalip Tahil, Mukul Dev, Sanjay Mishra
Director: Faraz Haider
What’s Good: The film unravels intelligent humor in the novel and unseen idea it presents!
What’s Bad: To carry out a satire on the gloomy concept of war might be ethically wrong but the intention was well carried out!
Loo break: None
Watch or Not?: Faraz Haider’s War Chhod Na Yaar is a welcome and refreshing satire on wars. The Indo-Pak border counts as one of the world’s most hostile regions but Haider’s tender story dishes out a wickedly told film filled with engaging humor that will have you in splits. The commendable effort and the clever take on the theme of war puts across a more poignant message of futility of wars without trivializing the intention of it!
The film begins with Defense Minister summoning a popular journalist Ruth Dutta (Soha Ali Khan) requesting her to make a sensational piece on the Indian army as the Indo-Pak war is soon to be announced.
On reaching the base camp of the Indian army Ruth witnesses warmth and friendly care between the armies of both sides more than animosity. However, as scheduled the needless war triggers off between the two sides. However the prevailing sense of disillusionment about war grows in the armies. While Government orders and sinister forces both try to instigate the war, will the general humane feeling between people who are essentially humans first help in stopping the war. Ruth’s one exclusive coverage of the war reaches out to people the truth of the battle.
War Chhod Na Yaar is a humorously enchanting film that will trap you interestingly!
War Chhod Na Yaar Review: Script Analysis
The film’s script and execution is both so interestingly done that watching it will be amply satiating. Luckily it is a simply told story that focuses on making you laugh and yet drives home the reason why the camaraderie works! A humorously weaved satire on how the mechanics of war works, we are presented with a story where soldiers from either end of the border discuss what’s for lunch. They sit across the line of control and play cards. I wish the reality of LOC is just as hunky dory as presented to us.
The story holds steam for most part of it which harps on the futility of war incessantly. The film has a lot of scenes which will both crack you up and leave by a lingering impact. In a scene, the war reporter asks the captain whether he wants the war to happen, on which the Captain replies in negative and says he would rather treat them to chicken!
Though I have my reservations about the script too. The reason why the war begins in the film isn’t clearly etched out. Perhaps the reason of wars aren’t as flimsy as shown in the film but the refreshing take on it makes for a pleasant watch.
Towards the end, the film begins to fizz out and gets preachy almost like they didn’t know what to do with the film anymore. It is only then that the film goes through a disappointing lull but the last scene makes up for it. Soldiers from across the border playing antakshri is enough to indicate that armies are victims of Government policies and wars are just reasons for human loss!
War Chhod Na Yaar Review: Star Performances
After a long time actor Sharman Joshi has fit the bill so well. Playing Captain Raj with utmost effortlessness, he is believably funny and witty in his role.
Soha Ali Khan isn’t an unparalleled actress but doing an author backed role like this one does make her seem like one.
Javed Jafferi is stellar as Captain Qureshi. Playing the role of a Pakistani soldier, he is funny and lovable. You’ll empathize with his feeble issues of eating bad lunch. He crackles in every scene and surely makes for the most humorous stints in the film.
Sanjay Mishra was faultless in the role of senior Pakistani soldier. He does his bit with smoothness adding greater meat to his role, than it originally had.
Dalip Tahil plays a triple role and in each he is just perfect!
War Chhod Na Yaar Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Director Faraz Haider has carried out his job quite well and you know that for sure when at the end of the film audiences burst into a loud applause. His film works because of its simplicity in portraying issues that make for the world’s most pressing problems! The humor is mostly neat and doesn’t take a derogatory dig on either countries. It is hard to make a film of this flavor without taking sides, but assuredly the man has made a movie that isn’t plagued with judgmental biases. If you look closely, there are many shortcomings, but the overall aroma manages to render such a good time, that even you echo the filmmaker’s sentiment on war. The screenplay does show some discrepancy towards the later half when the plot slims down but it soon picks up momentum. The editing of the film was well done with the slack moments being minimum in number hence restricting dullness!
War Chhod Na Yaar Review: The Last Word
Faraz Haider’s War Chhod Na Yaar is a treat of film that manages to evoke moments of ecstatic delight with its simplistic take on the horrific brutality of war which pointlessly creates havoc in the lives of people. The film could have gone massively wrong but the good part about this flick is, it convinces you about its premise entertainingly. I am going with a 3/5 for this film that flaunts fun and wit without a hint of crudeness that has lately become synonymous with funny! Recommending you catch film at the theaters and have a pleasant time.
War Chhod Na Yaar Trailer
War Chhod Na Yaar releases on 11th October, 2013.
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