Director Faraz Haider has taken a lighter route to hit home a pertinent point in his very first film.
WAR CHHOD NA YAAR is not all comedy as you expect it to be. In fact, it is not comedy in the 'understood sense of the word'. It is comic in its execution and building up of the characters.
Haider builds up the suspense in the first five minutes to such an extent that you wonder whether this is a comedy or a thriller.
The characters on both sides of the border of India and Pakistan are well defined. He has also thrown in some super powers and Afghanistan as well.
On the border, the Indian and Pakistani soldiers are good friends, exchanging notes in the night, whilst playing a game of cards as well as indulging in Antakshari
when boredom sets in. Their camaraderie is well defined. So are the politicians, who fake appearances on television with some smart recording and editing. It also shows our jawaans
on the border. CHECK OUT: Soha Ali Khan follows Kareena Kapoor in WAR CHHOD NA YAAR
Even the group of teenagers shown on either side, chatting on a social networking site, nonchalantly, is picturized with guile.
Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaffrey, both Captains on either side of India and Pakistan respectively lead a team of soldiers. Soha Ali Khan is a famous television anchor known for her breaking news. She is a huge hit in Pakistan as well. She visits the border along with a minister. She has information that there is a war going to break out in two days. She gives this information to Sharman Joshi before leaving. She also requests him to stop the war. But he is aghast as there is no war as yet and anyways it is not in his hands to start or stop anything. He just follows orders, he tells her.
But the secret deal between the two warring countries with a third intruder ensures that war breaks out that night itself.
In the melee that follows, Haider brings in brotherhood, the senselessness of fighting with our neighbours who were once a part of us, as well as the element of other countries benefitting from the fight. Not to mention the funny take on the politicians who don't know whether they are coming or going. CHECK OUT: Sharman Joshi is a romantic army officer!
It's slow initially, but as the movie gains momentum, it draws you into it making you wonder what the fight is all about.
It is not exceptional cinema but just for the concept and the funny take on a serious issue, I rate it three stars. It at least makes you ask a few questions to yourself.
Worth a watch!