Waar Movie has definitely raised the bar for Pakistani film industry. It is probably the first movie which has come at par not only with Bollywood, rather Hollywood standard of filmmaking.
The movie is made by Bilal Lashari, son of a very senior seasoned and very known bureaucrat Kamran Lashari. (who has served as Commissioner Lahore in the past).
Bilal Lashari’s passion making quality films pushed him to go abroad to study filmmaking in a formal way. He came back with this burning passion to make a difference in the film industry. As we know, every good product has its own history of struggle and hard work. It took about three years to complete Waar movie and bring it to cinema screens.
The movie plot revolves around the very sensitive issue of terrorism in Pakistan. Indeed a very bold subject which was a challenge to present in a cinema. The Waar team did exceptionally well and I think most Pakistanis are really proud of this project.
I will now like to comment little about some technical stuff. First time, the sound & music score (background music) was given full attention. It was of high class equivalent of any Hollywood movie. The Director of Photography (DOP) which Bilal played himself has shown some superb cinematic scenes specially the aerial shots. The film direction, editing and weaving the scenes with finesse was very well managed.
Few areas where I could see few gaps were in the developing & deepening of the characters’ profile. And secondly, the casting choices, where the Pathans shown in the film could not deliver the correct Pathan (Pushto) dialect.
But I would consider these minor observations only for the movie student and critics. For the general public, it is an outstanding movie. Thriller and action packed, which indeed is of one the difficult categories of the film making all over the world.
Shaan as always has shown his best. The actor is a seasoned veteran and he has the ability to carry any kind of role to its best delivery.
Aisha Khan delivered well too. Ali Azmat and Kamran Lashari were indeed good interesting additions to see though not professional actors but somehow they delivered good for this movie.
Waar is a worth a watch at least for all Pakistanis living in Pakistan and abroad and also to take pride that long awaited revival of cinema is around the corner. Now we should expect more.