Sunday, October 13, 2013

War Chod Naa Yaar (2013) - Review

This review was first published on Times City.

Release Date: October 11, 2013
Starring: Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Jaaved Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Mukul Dev, Dilip Tahil
Director: Faraz Haider
Producer: Faraz Haider

No big names to boast of and near-nothing publicity explained why War Chod Naa Yaar didn't quite make a splash in the opening weekend. The film didn't tell any different. It's an over-simplified attempt, that stretches too long to make a point. But the point, which is evident in the title, is in good faith. That's the only thing the film has going for itself besides the fact that it dared to go the way not many would, given all the controversial mess the makers had gotten themselves into.

The anti-war satire takes a dig at the system, the politicians, their vote-bank gimmickry, the TRP-driven media, with the needless-to-mention Indo-Pak rivalry at the heart of it. The film has its moments of laughter but they are few and far between. And witty one-liners do only so much for the film.
The performances, though, don't fail to impress. Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaffrey, son of popular Bollywood comedian Jagdeep Jaffrey, endearingly pull off their roles. Their comic timings are brilliant. The last film of Sharman, I remember watching and totally loving, was Sorry Bhai. A must watch for all his fans. Dilip Tahil convinces in each of the four roles he plays. Journalist Rut Dutta (Soha Ali Khan) too brings home the bacon. Navjot Singh Siddhu remains conspicuous despite his absence. You'll know when you watch the film ;-)

Overall, WCNY is an honest effort that has a feel-goodness to it if not as much a bang for your buck. It's a DVD watch at best. 

For those who have seen it, I'm waiting to hear from you in the comments below.

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