War Chhod Na Yaar

Starring: Sharman Joshi, Javed Jaffrey, Soha Ali Khan, Mukul Dev, Sanjay Mishra, Dalip Tahil

Directed by: Faraz Haider

Music: Aslam Keyi

We have seen a number of movies addressing the serious issue of War and the condition of the soldiers. But who would have thought that even a comedy film can be made on such issues. A good satire effortlessly brings to light serious social or political issues under the garb of witty and hilarious humor, without being extremely preachy. Such is this week’s release, Faraz Haider’s War Chhod Na Yaar.

Plot: Two captains of the Indian and Pakistani army share a good bond of friendship even as war prevails at the border. Even under serious conditions, the soldiers at the border know how to deal with the tensions calmly, and with a pinch of humor.

Performances: Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaffrey, playing the captains of both countries, are extremely convincing and humorous. Both of them manage to entertain the audiences fabulously.

Soha Ali Khan, as a war correspondent, has an average screen presence. There is nothing substantial about her in the film.

Hats off to Sanjay Mishra for adding the right flavour to the film. He is outstanding as an ailing senior Pakistani officer. With an amazing sense of comic timing, he is an actor par excellence.

Music: The music of the film hasn’t been talked about much. In fact, the album was released just two weeks before the release.  Though there isn’t anything exceptional about the soundtrack, songs like Main Jagoon Aksar and Mharo Desh Mahan deserve special mention.

Whats’s good: A novel concept clubbed with sensible and intelligent humor, which definitely manages to make you laugh.

What’s bad: A slow first-half and loosely crafted narration put brakes on the entertainment express.

Faraz Haider’s War Chhod Na Yaar is indeed a novel concept carrying the message of love and peace with engaging humor. It’s a fresh take on the issues of war and Indo-Pak border tensions. Faraz’s effort definitely demands words of praise!

Verdict: Definitely worth watching!

Rating: ** and a 1/2

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