Director: Siddharth Anand
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor
Story: Aditya Chopra, Siddharth Anand
Screenplay: Shridhar Raghavan, Siddharth Anand
Dialogues: Abbas Tyrewala
WAR is the story of an Indian spy who has gone rogue and his protégé has been tasked with stopping him. The starts with Kabir (Hrithik Roshan), executing a senior analyst working for the intelligence agency with the pretence of executing a terrorist. This is when everyone in the agency realize that he has gone rogue. His commanding officer Col. Luthra (Ashutosh Rana), takes a meeting with his students, among which is Khalid (Tiger Shroff), who volunteers and pleads with the Col. to let him be the lead on the case. The Col. Luthra agrees. The story then goes into a flashback from Khalid’s perspective as to how he gets recruited to be in Kabir’s team. Kabir is hesistant and reluctant to get him in his team as he thinks Khalid is going to betray him and the country similar to how Khalid’s father did, especially when Kabir himself was the one who executed his father. But Col. Luthra insists that he be taken into the team and Kabir agrees. In a mission to draw out the terrorist who Kabir and the agency have been after for years. They are successful in their mission and when they are on a mission to capture the said terrorist, one of their own betray them and the terrorist gets away. Coming to the present then, Khalid finds out that Kabir has a list of people that he is hunting and he gets the name of his next target. The main plot starts from then. Why is Kabir doing this and what is the big end game? The answer to the questions form the rest of the film.
WAR opens on a good note. The first half is good and it holds your attention. The story is going good. But once the second half begins and the story begins to unravel, things start falling apart for the film. The whole story goes as you would expect and is quite predictable. The treatment of the answers that have been revealed could have been better as well. The biggest USP of the film is the action and it delivers on it wonderfully. But the graph of story which was going stable up to the first half just goes down and with better writing it could have been avoided. Everything about the film is probably great except for the writing.
Production values are sensational. Money has been spent like water and it shows in each and every frame. Technically, the film is great. As promised, the film is high on action. It has been directed wonderfully and is the best part about the film. Cinematography by Ben Jasper is great as well. He has captured the action sequences quite brilliantly. Editing by Aarif Sheikh is good but maybe could have done something about the length of the film. The screenplay of the film could have been more refined. There are only two songs in the film and are of the chartbuster quality and make the desired impact. The intro music is good too. The costume design and the production design are both good and seem realistic.
Performance wise, the film is great. Hrithik Roshan shines throughout the film. He is great from the first scene to the last. He glides into his role perfectly and with ease. Tiger Shroff does equally well. Tiger gives his best and matches Hrithik on the screen. Both of them are simply a treat to watch during the action sequences. Vaani Kapoor has a small but a crucial role in the film and she does well. Ashutosh Rana seemed natural in his role. The rest of the cast offer able support.
Director Siddharth Anand has done a great job creating the action spectacle but is let down by convoluted writing and isn’t able to do justice to his heroes.
At the box-office
The film has taken an earth shattering opening and with the five day weekend the movie can boast of huge numbers.