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War Is Fun Until The Climax


Starring Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor

Directed  by Siddharth Anand

Rating: ***(3 stars)

War is a  lot of fun to watch.  It could have been  a lot more enjoyable if the  script didn’t take  itself so seriously. This  is   a film version of  a cartoon strip. It  plucks  the  language of espionage bravery from  its  natural habitat and plants it into  a never-never land.The  transplantation survives.

 Locations shift fast and furiously to all possible  exotic spots  in the world, and so  does the mood.This  is a beautiful  film to look at. The  picturesque landscape  is used to shoot beautiful  people in repose as well as  a landing spot for decimated  opponents.  The prolonged  action sequences are  the centerpieces  of  the plot. They fire up the  narrative engines and  keep our interests  alive.

There  is   an  not-unwelcome break from  action midway when  Hrithik’s  Kabir romances a sexy single  mother who  dances around the world  to support her daughter’s upbringing.   It’s an interesting role, played with  sincerity by Vaani Kapoor.  But then, hell,  like  all good things  must come to an end, so must this film’s mood of suave  seductive action and  intrigue. The endgame is  stupid and so  crudely forced  into the plot, it seems as  if the storywriters just didn’t  know how  to wind up the  shindig.It’s like a party suddenly gone  bust.

While not giving away the  climax(for  no other reason, except that audiences may decide  to stay away  after reading how the  film  ends) I would  like to remind  screenwriters Shridhar Raghavan and Siddharth Anand that  plastic surgery as a plot ploy went of vogue with  James Bond’s You  Only  Live Twice.

Barring the  last twenty minutes War  is a  rollercoaster  ride, a catchy cat-and-mouse bromance where the  two protagonists  Hrithik Roshan and  Tiger Shroff play  the  mentor-turned-tormentor  and pupil  with a large level  of  conviction and  warmth. It’s  is heartening to see Tiger keeping pace  with  Roshan, even though the  latter  uses  a lot  of  tricks to  get our  full concentration(notice how he swallows in between sentences to suggest tension and  anxiety) .

You wish the two  actors would  have danced together some more.Watching them  glide together  was to me all the entertainment  that I  could  hope for.

War has more. Its slick spin on  the spy genre  is  welcome. The  stunts are well  edited so as  to merge  into  the  plot and not to let the two heroes  play a  game  of  one-upmanship. If only the closing  20  minutes had not  decided to  go rogue!

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