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War Chhod Na Yaar: cross-border entertainment

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 11, 2013
First Published: 10:32 IST(11/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:55 IST(11/10/2013)
Film: War Chhod Na Yaar
Cast: Sharman Joshi (last seen in Ferrari Ki Sawaari; 2012), Soha Ali Khan (last seen in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns), Mukul Dev (last seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2) and Javed Jaffrey (last seen in Besharam)storyline: The film is a satire and revolves around the warring relationship of the Indian and Pakistani soldiers stationed at the border. The director-writer takes a dig at the soldiers’ motivations to fight each other.
Director: Faraz Haider (Debut film) He has previously acted in a small role in Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), apart from a short film called The Beginning.
Writer: Faraz Haider (Debut script) 
Music: Aslam Keyi

One review made a valid point when it said that the soundtrack needed more time to make an impact, as it was released only two weeks before the film hit theatres. Songs like ‘Main jagoon aksar’ and ‘Ishq mein tere’ have received special mention.

Controversies/stunts
According to a report, Ranbir Kapoor’s recent release, Besharam, has presented this film with an opportunity in the form of a larger theatrical release. As Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s directorial venture is not faring well at the box office, several theatres have chosen to assign those screens to smaller films like War Chhod Na Yaar.

Marketing/hype
The film is being touted as India’s first war-comedy. However, apart from numerous stories about Soha Ali Khan finishing various schedules of this movie around the country, the film has not created too much buzz.

Our assessment
We understand that the trailer isn’t supposed to give the film away, but this one tells us so little that it’s tough to make up our mind. Since it isn’t really relying on star power to rope in the numbers, we guess we’ll wait for the word of mouth to go around too. 

(Compiled by Serena Menon)

For the final verdict:
Look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow.

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