The long-awaited action film ‘Waar’, released over Eid, has become the talk of the cinematic world in Pakistan, for both positive and negative reasons. The film has deeply polarised viewers over its artistic merits and ideological positions. There is no doubt, however, that massive numbers of people have flocked into cinemas to see for themselves what the fuss is about.
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first few days’ box office of the film Waar – it grossed over 7.1 crores in the first five days alone, breaking all previous records thanks to an aggressive push from its distributors and an unusually long spell of holidays – has led to a number of
people declaring the film a ‘super hit’ or ‘blockbuster’.
‘Waar’ has created a record by earning Rs 40 million in three days during Eid festival. Movie is said to have the highest box office collection till date. Akshay Kumar-starrer Bollywood film ‘Boss’, according to the entertainment circles, played second fiddle to ‘Waar’, by earning Rs.10 million only, reported the Dawn newspaper.
It was perhaps the first Eid after many years when a Pakistani movie was having packed three shows. In certain cinemas, even the fourth show – from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. – was dedicated to ‘Waar’. The Shaan starrer action-thriller is said to have the highest box office collection till date. The movie has been released with 35 prints across the country. Written by Hasan Waqas Rana, it is the directorial debut of Bilal Lashari.
The film also stars Shamoon Abbasi, Meesha Shafi and Ayesha Khan. The war on terror in Pakistan and its effects on the world have inspired the storyline, but one can however see a stylised interpretation of it. Some critics found the script not that strong, but the music, cinematography and overall treatment of the film made it a super hit.