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Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 11, 2013
Film: War Chhod Na Yaar
Direction: Faraz Haider
Actors: Sharman Joshi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Dalip Tahil
Rating: **

War Chhod Na Yaar, a satire on constantly warring India and Pakistan, has a few fun moments. Debutant writer-director Faraz Haider creates a genuinely nice scene in which soldiers on opposite sides of the barbed wire play antakshri. There are three low-IQ Afghan mercenaries. We also have ‘made in China’ weapons that refuse to work.

But the few bright spots are buried in reams of amateurish craft, dreary songs, half-hearted patriotism and feeble jokes. A running gag is the awful food the Pakistani army lives on — early in the film, the army chief remarks: aaj kal hamare fauji intelligence kam aur gas zyada pass kar rahe hain. Later in the film, he is shown sitting on a pot playing a video game — after Besharam, my tolerance for onscreen defecation is very low. 

There’s also Dalip Tahil in four roles, which is way too much Tahil for me. But the leading men Sharman Joshi and Jaaved Jaaferi put on a cheerful swagger. These two are among Bollywood’s most underrated actors and it’s a pleasure to see them get some screen time.

I only wish the material had lived up to its potential.