Siddharth Anand’s War: Two patriotic men and their Magnificent mean machines

Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Siddharth Anand, WAR typically does not give you the RAW is WAR feel but the makers have turned this film into a heady cocktail of ISIS, uber cool women and speeding bikes and cars packed with stunts, so that you stay glued to the edge of your seat till the time the film finally winds up.

Opening with Kabir played by Hrithik Roshan killing his own, the film establishes an agent turning rogue. A flashback elucidates how he met Khalid (Tiger Shroff) and both later join ranks in an intelligence agency. The twist comes in after once pupil is now pitted against the mentor to fish him out. Khalid must find out why Kabir went astray. And hence unfolds a story that looks into the past and present of the two leads.

Vaani Kapoor only appears in the film in its second half, and before you can even understand what her role in the plot is, she disappears.

And you’ll feel the same for supporting actors too. Fine performers such as Ashutosh Rana and Soni Razdan are wasted in War, even though they somewhat justify their screen time with whatever little comes their way. Anupriya Goenka, however, does make her presence felt.

Shot in choicest of locations across the globe and with a fine eye at camera angles, the film captures the India Pakistan rivalry in the garb of terror plots and subplots.

Kabir (Hrithik Roshan), a rogue agent, kills his own compatriot VK Naidu in the pretext of eliminating globally designated terrorist Fareed Haqqani. A character that draws inspiration from the head of ISIS, Abu Baqr Al Baghdadi. The film maps a plot where an intelligence agent wages a war against his mentor turned rogue. All this as India wants to be saved from the terror of Rizwan Ilyasi.

Through a flashback sequence, it is established how he met Khalid (Tiger Shroff) who went on to join his unit in an intelligence agency. Story takes an interesting turn when Khalid, who has always worshipped Kabir as his mentor, is assigned the task of finding and arresting him.

Throughout War, Hrithik and Tiger’s onscreen camaraderie is on point.

The 20-minute forced cameo, with a song thrown in, doesn’t impress one bit.

To top it all when you have two of the hottest hunks in Bollywood – Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in one frame then how can one not see their dance moves setting the theatre screens on fire. Jai Jai Shiv Shankar proves to be that one faceoff that many might call a paisa vasool moment in the entire film, among the multitude of moments.

The film brings out a unique camaraderie between a duo who quite possibly don’t see eye to eye. Old aches and pains flash past the duos eyes, there are moments of deep cuts that are brought back to memory, but the mission must be completed to uncover a deep nexus of terrorists to reach one man who has turned the world into a terror haven. The reference here is to a character who in the original reference is Abu Baqar al Baghdadi.

Both leads in the mission have an axe to grind. The message is loud and clear – one wrong call or action, or worst any miss – it will be understood that it is a direct assault on the person leading charge. Kabir in this case.  With one or more mission members turning rogue, here is a situation where the fight now more than the external enemy is with the enemy within and hence unfolds the story of an ugly war where people of the nation are bartering secrets only to endanger their own motherland, leaking critical secret information. This is when the story of the mission leader turning rogue unfolds and a massive mission to trace Kabir is launched. And the rest is what one sees in the film.

Racy action scenes in the film mostly featuring the two Greek Gods of Bollywood Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are taken to a different level with well with well toned bodies and sharp cuts and jabs. Vaani Kapoor as Hrithik’s love interest and Ashutosh Rana as Colonel light up the screen with their performance.

It is safe to say that the film rests on the shoulders of Tiger and Hrithik – where dance, fights and duels on racing bikes and cars in scenic cobbled streets or cold icy streams makeup a major chunk of the film.

Anyone having seen Nicolas Cage and John Travolta starrer Faceoff – he or she will definitely find something similar in the movie, with the concept of fae swapping very much a part of the plot.

War brings an amalgamation of Ankhein, Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, Agent Vinod, Mission Impossible, Fast & Furious, and Hrithik’s earlier outings Dhoom 2 and Bang Bang.

The Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff movie with Rs 13.20 crore collection on Sunday, has shot up to Rs 271.65 crore so far in India. War is the 11th highest grossing Hindi film. It is Yash Raj’s fourth highest-grossing film after Tiger Zinda Hai, Sultan and Dhoom3.

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