Two-hero movies were in vogue at one time but are rare today. Yash Raj Films as WAR is one of the most awaited sticks of the year in this regard. The film stars two of the most popular actors today and the way they are portrayed has driven the excitement crazy. So does WAR manage to meet all expectations and emerge as a true blue action entertainer? Or does it fail to entice? Let us analyze.
WAR is the story of two patriotic soldiers fighting against each other. Khalid (Tiger Shroff) is the son of an army officer who joined hands with enemies. As soon as Khalid’s mother (Soni Razdan) came to know, he informed the army and the father killed a fellow officer, Kabir (Hrithik Roshan). For an important mission, Khalid is assigned a part in Kabir’s team. Kabir is clearly apprehensive, but Khalid conquers him with his loyalty and bravery. The story then moves forward two years. Kabir is tasked to eliminate a dreaded terrorist. Instead of killing him, Kabir killed his commanding officer VK Naidu (Mohit Chauhan). Khalid and others are surprised that someone like Kabir has gone rogue. Khalid is instructed to do some more harm to Kabir before killing him. While Khalid is trying to locate Kabir’s whereabouts, the latter stole army equipment in a daring mid-air stunt. In another act, Kabir comes in front of Khalid and informs him that his next target is a certain Dr. Utpal is Faith (Arif Zakaria). What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Aditya Chopra and Siddharth Anand is decent and full of twist and turn. The screenplay by Sridhar Raghavan and Siddharth Anand is effective and engaging for the most part. However in the second half, there are a lot of dumping downs that could have been avoided. Some growths are quite unrelated and therefore difficult to digest. Abbas Tyrewala’s dialogues are not as memorable as such but work.
Siddharth Anand’s direction is simple and he explains that he has the ability to handle a film of this scale. He also connects the dots neatly in the narrative. On the flipside, he could shorten some action sequences for better effect. In some moments previous YRF films such as DHOOM, TIGER ZINDA HAI etc. can be given once again, the way Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan stand against each other, which will probably not be completely acceptable to the fans.
The WAR begins on a rocking note. Kabir’s entry sequence has a twist and shocking audience. If Kabir’s entry affects, then Khalid’s entry shoots one action sequence after another. A cat and mouse chase is expected to start immediately from here. But instead, the film goes on a flashback mode to explain the dynamics of Kabir and Khalid’s bond. The mid-air action scene is quite fun while the intermission comes to a decisive point. Post hiatus, the Hrithik vs Tiger saga begins with full force and makes for a fun watch. The film gets a bit stretched but the twist in the story saves the day to an extent. Ideally this type of film should have ended on a high, but Finale’s fight is tedious and very long.
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Speaking of performance, both Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff perform exceptionally well. Hrithik Roshan looks dashing and his performance is excellent. He is brilliant in every frame. In some emotional moments, she is quite loving. As expected, Tiger Shroff’s action is out of this world and it is commendable that he initially battles villains in long action sequences. In the emotional scenes, he shines and his performance improves in pre-climax and finale. Vani Kapoor (Naina) has entered very late but impresses with her performance and oomph. Also, she dances like a dream. Ravi Awana (Bashir) is very confident as a terrorist. Actors playing the roles of Sanjeev Vats (Rizwan Ilyasi) and Feroze Contractor are quite good as villains. Ashutosh Rana is as reliable as ever. Anupriya Goenka (Aditi) has a good screen presence and corresponds to this part. Deepanita Sharma (Dr. Mallika Singhal) is fine in the cameo. Soni Razdan, Arif Zakaria, Mohit Chauhan and Swaroop Ghosh (Sherna Patel) are fine.
Vishal-Shekhar’s music does not have a long shelf life. ‘Jai Jai Shivshankar’ Two songs are better thanks to Hrithik and Tiger’s chemistry. ‘Ghungroo’ Comes next. The background score of Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara is energetic and adds to the thrill. Benjamin Jasper’s cinematography matches global standards. The film is filmed in some beautiful locations in the world and the lensman does justice to each location. Rajat Poddar’s production design is rich and attractive. The action of Paul Jennings, Oh Seung, Pervez Sheikh and Franz Sfilhaus is a high point. Every action scene is well thought out and choreographed. Although Finale’s fight could have been shorter and more imaginative. The costumes of Anita Shroff Adjania and Niharika Jolly make the actors sexier. VFX is better than YFX. Arif Sheikh’s editing is slow. The various action shots are well stitched together. But in the second half, some scenes needed to be trimmed.
Overall, WAR is a penny-worthy action entertainer with plenty of style as well as enough twists and turns to mesmerize the audience. At the box office, the extended weekend, flashy action, stunning international location and stylish execution will ensure huge footfall for the film.