02 Hours 34 Minutes
Star Cast: Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan
Directors: Siddharth Anand
Producer: Aditya Chopra
In Theaters: 2 October 2019
Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor starrer WAR hit the silver screens today. But before you catch the movie in the theaters take a look at the review of the movie by Senior Journalist and Author Bharathi Pradhan.
India's irreplaceable secret agent Kabir has gone rogue. When the agency issues a ‘kill him' order and puts its best men on his trail, it becomes a battle between Kabir the mentor versus Khalid, his protégé. Trained by Kabir, Khalid wonders aloud, "When Kabir has killed many traitors, why would he himself turn a traitor?"
Their equation comes in a flashback. Khalid enters the screen with flying fists, climbing walls and landing punches that crunch bones all over, brings a chandelier down on one baddie's head and drowns another; he's easily the outstanding one in his batch. But entry into veteran Kabir's ace unit is tricky as there's been history between Kabir and Khalid's father.
Writer-director Siddharth Anand makes a sophisticated spy thriller that zips from New Delhi to Morocco, Italy, Portugal, to somewhere in the Arctic and even to Kerala as mentor and protégé go through twists and turns in the plot. Making full use of the commercial abilities of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, Siddharth casts them in two balanced but clearly different generations. Hrithik is the gracefully greying charmer while Tiger is the youthful officer who looks up to him. In a scene where a colleague wisecracks on her wedding day that even today she'd elope with Kabir if he said ‘yes', Khalid tells her, ‘Join the line'. It's a neat acknowledgement that Hrithik the hunk is back in full form. As for Tiger Shroff whose forte is fighting and dancing, he gets to do that solo and by Hrithik's side. Along with battling the humiliation of knowing that his father was indeed a traitor, he gets a wholesome, well-rounded role.
The picturisation of ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar' on Hrithik and Tiger, both heroes renowned for their nimble feet is a celebratory stress buster in the midst of all the James Bond action.
Additionally, the track of Khalid and his mother who portray the distressed family of a traitor, gives substance to the thriller. For instance, when Khalid is told, ‘You are a traitor's son' and he replies, ‘I'm my mother's son too' and goes on to prove it, it is a poignant touch.
For Kabir who's a loner, a lifelong connection is made with Ruhi, a small kid in a boarding school. With a track that explains their equation.
Quick changes in locations, spectacular visuals, car and motorbike chases, set action pieces like the gravity-defying fight in a plane, and emotional flourishes, make this a racy-pacey spy thriller.
One must make a mention of Mashoor Amrohi who is impressive as a strong antagonist.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.