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War Chhod Na Yaar – Movie Review

Posted by neharika on October 11, 2013 | No Comments

War Chhod Na Yaar  : A feel good weekend watch

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Javed Jaffery

Director: Faraz Haider

If you went to the movie theater last week and were sorely disappointed by Besharam, respite is around the corner. War Chhod Na Yaar is no classic war satire but is a considerably funny spoof of war. The last decent war outing we had in Bollywood

 was in Lakshya and, to be honest, we’re happy that Bollywood doesn’t visit the war movie genre so often. We are the land of ahimsa after all.

The movie introduces us to Ruth Dutta (Soha Ali Khan). Summoned by the Indian Defense Minister (Dilip Tahhil), she is ordered to create a piece on the Indian army, one that rouses the nation in some way. A war is about to be launched and the government wants its information machinery in place. Reaching the border outpost, Ruth expects a tense standoff and continuous shelling but instead encounters Indian and Pakistani soldiers who indulge in friendly banter and have the same issues as everyone else. It is here that the strength of the movie lies. On the Indian side is Captain Raj (Sharman Joshi) and his Pakistani counterpart is Captain Qureshi (Javed Jaffery). Between them, they ably take the story forward.

The strength of the movie lies in how it humanizes the soldiers and brings out a simple warmth and empathy for the characters. The two Captains, Raj and Qureshi, are well fleshed out characters played by versatile actors. If Sharman Joshi has impressed you with his acting ability in 3 Idiots or even Golmaal, then you will love him in War Chhod Na Yaar. Javed Jaffery steals the show. As a soldier who is more concerned with the state of his lunch, he is a lovable and brings out crackling energy in every scene. Soha Ali Khan plays a good supporting role and Dilip Tahhil, who essays multiple roles of the Indian, Pakistani and US government is fantastic. The movie is no award winner but in this age of mindless comedy, it delivers a solid comedy punch. Though some might feel the movie takes a predictable turn in the second half, it remains engaging and is good value for money. You know what to do this weekend!

Neharika writes for Bollywood Celebden, a leading provider of Bollywood news

 and gossip.

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