War Chhod Na Yaar: cross-border entertainment

  • Soha Ali Khan

    Soha Ali Khan plays a war scribe in her upcoming film War Chhod Na Yaar. While whether she pulls it off well remains to be ...

  • Soha Ali Khan and Sharman Joshi

    Soha Ali Khan and Sharman Joshi on the sets of War Chhod Na Yaar.

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    A still from War Chhod Na Yaar.

  • Mukul Dev in War Chhod Na Yaar

    Mukul Dev in a still from War Chhod Na Yaar

  • Sanjai Mishra

    Sanjai Mishra on the sets of War Chhod Na Yaar.

  • Comedy Nights with Kapil.

    Actors of War Chhod Na Yaar on Comedy Nights with Kapil.

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    A poster from War Chod Na Yaar

  • Sejal Shah

    The Cinematographer Sejal Shah Caught during Shots on the sets of War Chhod Na Yaar

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    Anisa,Gulshan Grover and Amrita Raichand-starrer Baat Ban Gayi also release today.

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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