Two hero films were in a lot of trend at one time but in today’s era such films are rarely seen. Yash Raj Films this week has come up with a similar two hero film named – War. Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff will be seen in never-seen-before avatars in this film. So will War be able to live up to the audience’s every expectation and thrill the audience with its amazing action? Or it fails in its attempt. Let’s review.
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 the enemies. As soon as Khalid’s mother (Soni Razdan) finds out, she informs the army while the father is killed by his fellow officer, Kabir (Hrithik Roshan). For an important mission, Khalid is made a part of Kabir’s team. Kabir is genuinely apprehensive about Khalid but Khalid wins his heart with his loyalty and bravery. The story then moves forward two years. Kabir is assigned the task of eliminating a dreaded terrorist. Instead of killing him, Kabir kills his commanding officer, VK Naidu (Mohit Chauhan). Khalid and the others wonder how a person like Kabir can do such a thing. Khalid is instructed that before Kabir harms anyone, he should be killed. Khalid, on the other hand, is trying to trace Kabir’s whereabouts. What happens next after this, it is known after watching the whole film.
The story of Aditya Chopra and Siddharth Anand is good and full of twists and turns. The screenplay by Sridhar Raghavan and Siddharth Anand is effective and engaging for most parts. However, in the second half, there are many ups and downs which could have been avoided. Some things seem incomprehensible which are a bit difficult to digest. Abbas Tyrewala’s dialogues are not that memorable but work.
Siddharth Anand’s direction is simple and he shows that he has the ability to handle a film of this scale. He fits every angle with the story. But on the contrary, he could have shortened some action sequences for better effect. In some scenes of War, the feel of Yash Raj’s previous films like Dhoom, Tiger Zinda Hai was coming. In the end, the way Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan are pitted against each other may not be totally acceptable to the fans.
The war begins in a great way. Kabir’s entry scene comes with a twist that leaves the audience stunned. If Kabir’s entry scene impresses, Khalid’s entry is no less, as it is accompanied by a one-shot action sequence. You think the mouse-cat game begins from here. But this does not happen, rather from here the film goes into a flashback in which the bonding of Kabir and Khalid is shown. The mid-air action sequence is worth watching while the intermission comes at a crucial point. Post the interval, the story of Hrithik vs Tiger begins in full swing. The film seems a bit dragged from here but the film looks interesting due to the twists and turns. Basically, a film like this should have ended on a high note but the final battle is very tiring and lengthy.
Talking about the acting, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff have given amazing performances. Hrithik Roshan looks dashing and his acting is superb. He fits in every frame. He looks very cute in some emotional scenes. Tiger Shroff’s action is amazing as expected. And it is commendable the way he fights the villains in the long action sequences in the beginning. In the emotional scenes, he suits and his acting shines just before the climax. Vaani Kapoor’s (Naina) entry is late but she makes her presence felt on the screen with her acting and hotness. Ravi Awana (Bashir) suits a lot as a terrorist. The actors who play Sanjeev Vats (Rizwan Ilyasi) and Feroz Contractor look quite good as the villains. Ashutosh Rana is commendable as always. Anupriya Goenka (Aditi) has good screen presence and takes full advantage of it. Dipannita 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 doesn’t have that much power. The song ‘Jai Jai Shivshankar’ is the better of the two songs as it showcases the best chemistry of Hrithik and Tiger. After that ‘Ghungroo’ is good. Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara’s background score is energetic and adds to the thrill. Benjamin Jasper’s cinematography meets global standards. The film has been shot in some of the beautiful locations of the world and the cameraman does full justice to his job here. Rajat Poddar’s production design is rich and eye-catching. Paul Jennings, Oh Seung, Parvez Shaikh and Franz Schiffelhaus action is at a high level. Every action scene is well thought out and choreographed. However, the finale fight could have been shorter and more imaginative. Anita Shroff Adajania and Niharika Jolly’s costumes make the actors sexy. YFX’s VFX is better. Arif Sheikh’s editing is slow. The various action shots are nicely woven together. But in the second half, some scenes needed to be shortened.
Overall, War is a paisa vasool action entertainer film with enough action-style and turn and twist to keep the audience hooked. The film’s long weekend at the box office, great action, beautiful international locations and stylishly executed film will garner a huge audience base for the film.