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Pak film Waar depicting 'Indian terror' does roaring business
PTI
Islamabad, October 20, 2013
First Published: 23:23 IST(20/10/2013)
Last Updated: 00:28 IST(21/10/2013)
The poster of Pakistani filmmaker Bilal Lishari’s movie ‘Waar’.

As a police compound here comes under terror attack, an ‘Indian female agent’ cum social worker in Pakistan is dancing with a mercenary celebrating their success. This is a scene from ‘Waar’, a film doing roaring business here.

Said to be the most expensive Pakistani film ever to be made, the film is rumoured to be partly funded by the military, a charge denied by the film director Bilal Lashari.

The film is about Pakistan’s fight against terror but seems to lay the blame for everything bad happening in the country at India’s doorstep.

The script revolves around a plot by ‘Indian agents’ to carry out the biggest ever blast in Pakistan.Waar opened on Wednesday on 42 screens across Pakistan and set a new record of box-office collections pertaining to Eid openings.

After a first day opening of `11.4 million the big budget flick earned a total of `42.6 million till Friday night, breaking all previous records of Eid collections.

Waar has also broken first day record set by King Khan’s Chennai Express that had earned around nine million rupees on Eid-ul-Fitr. The film bizarrely suggests that even the dreaded Pakistani Taliban is controlled by India.

“The entire patriotic narrative that RAW is backing Khawarij, political traitors and terrorists in Pakistan has been depicted well. #WAAR,” Zahid Hamid, an analyst known for his extreme anti-India statements said on Twitter.

However, many are also have a different view. “Propaganda is one thing, and can be found in any ‘wood’. I just wanted better scripting and continuity. And no accents FFS #Waar,” Zarrar Khuhro, an analyst tweeted.


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