War Chhod Na Yaar (2013) *MQ*

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Indian Army Captain Raj (Sharman Joshi) and Pakistani Army Captain Qureshi (Jaaved Jaaferi) may be on the opposite sides of the barbed wire, but the two warriors share a cordial relationship, which is cemented through ‘antaksharis’ and card games late in the night.

However, things get tensed up when politicians on both sides of the border decide to incite war for personal gains. Now, it is upto Ruth Dutta (Soha Ali Khan), a TV reporter, who is on the Indian border to report about the potential war, to try and defuse the situation before there is any bloodshed.What happens next? Does Ruth manage to avert war? Watch the movie to find out.

War comedies or spoofs/satirical takes on the feud between two warring nations are a commonality in the West. In fact, it won’t be erroneous to state that the concept is well-liked and accepted there. In India, however, the anti-Pakistan sentiment on varied occasions has prompted film-makers to make films that make a scathing attack on the neighbour, besides reflecting patriotism and jingoism, to fuel the sentiment. WAR CHHOD NA YAAR is a war comedy, a first in its genre here.

The film’s script and execution is both so interestingly done that watching it will be amply satiating. Luckily it is a simply told story that focuses on making you laugh and yet drives home the reason why the camaraderie works! A humorously weaved satire on how the mechanics of war works, we are presented with a story where soldiers from either end of the border discuss what’s for lunch. They sit across the line of control and play cards. I wish the reality of LOC is just as hunky dory as presented to us.

The story holds steam for most part of it which harps on the futility of war incessantly. The film has a lot of scenes which will both crack you up and leave by a lingering impact. In a scene, the war reporter asks the captain whether he wants the war to happen, on which the Captain replies in negative and says he would rather treat them to chicken!

Though I have my reservations about the script too. The reason why the war begins in the film isn’t clearly etched out. Perhaps the reason of wars aren’t as flimsy as shown in the film but the refreshing take on it makes for a pleasant watch.

Towards the end, the film begins to fizz out and gets preachy almost like they didn’t know what to do with the film anymore. It is only then that the film goes through a disappointing lull but the last scene makes up for it. Soldiers from across the border playing antakshri is enough to indicate that armies are victims of Government policies and wars are just reasons for human loss!

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