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WAR CHHOD NA YAAR - A positive yet amateurish film, wandering between interesting, funny, absurd & unconvincing sequences. (Review By Bobby Sing)
11 Oct, 2013 | Movie Reviews / 2013 Releases / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / W-X

It is not easy to think about making a ‘War Comedy’, particularly in our part of the world and that too between India and Pakistan, who are still fighting with the haunting memories of their painful partition. So from that angle, director Faraz Haider rightly deserves the praises regarding the novel choice of this risky theme, which has never been tried before in such a focused way in Hindi Cinema. But sadly on the other hand, we don’t find the same matured outlook in his execution which more or less remains an interesting yet unconvincing comic take on an important subject of War.
It seems the writer and his director, have taken their basic idea from one of the most famous War Comedies of the West directed by Stanley Kubrick titled DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964). And one gets this idea, the moment he sees Dalip Tahil playing various characters of an Indian, Pakistani, American and Chinese official in the film, just like Peter Sellers played 3 different persons in the Oscar nominated classic released in 1964.
Beginning on an interesting and engaging note, WCNY offers some good entertaining sequences at regular intervals, which actually lose their individual grip or charm due to the other amateurish and unconvincing sequences coming one after another. The basic purpose or motive of the fresh concept remains unclear to the viewer even after 40 minutes into the film and the songs further put some relevant questions on the vision of its makers quite strongly. Moreover absurd insertions like ‘Antakshri’ at the border and very irresponsible kind of reporting by the lead character of Soha Ali Khan strictly ruin the initial excitement of watching the First War Comedy of Hindi Cinema and the film truly disappoints towards the end. Though post intermission, the entertainment factor returns with some fine comic sequences happening in the war front itself enacted by few talented actors. But the tacky handling of the subject soon makes a comeback, turning the film into an amateurish mediocre product failing to make any kind of favorable impression on the viewers despite the novel subject.
Adding songs in a ‘War Comedy’ itself is a clear indication of the confused vision of its makers and the tracks further prove the same making no contribution at all in the overall proceedings. Cinematography tries its best to keep the viewer engaged but the weak writing and too many night sequences in its second hour don’t let it happen convincingly. The same can be said about both Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaafri who act well but don’t get the much required support of the writers. Soha Ali Khan is just ok as the journalist but Sanjay Mishra and Manoj Pahwa are superb in their comic portrayal. Dalip Tahil in his different get ups is not able to put up any exceptional show whereas Mukul Dev acts fine in his funny side track of a silly intruder.
To give you a precise idea, no doubt WAR CHHOD NA YAAR says all the right things about the futility of war in the present times, revealing the secret mean games played by those powerful countries working behind the curtains. But it’s the way of depicting the idea which doesn’t work here in totality and the film just remains a weak attempt made with some noble intentions.
However, coming to the major point which doesn’t allow me to give any better ratings to the film bringing forward a crucial issue, WAR CHHOD NA YAAR in reality is a flawed War Comedy because it wrongly tackles the subject in a partial manner. Putting it differently, if you are making a War Comedy then you have to make fun of both the countries equally irrespective of your own origin or country. Whereas here, the makes are more interested in making fun of the opponent country Pakistan only in all their major comedy sequences and India is shown in a much respected manner comparatively, following a purely imbalanced pattern, which is not how it should be done.
Hence due to this biased and unacceptable partial vision of conceiving a War Comedy (making fun of only the opponent), the film loses another star from its ratings and you can easily skip it this weekend to catch up later on a TV channel in the coming months.
Rating : 1.5 / 5

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