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October 30, 2014 Thursday     
It is not easy to think about making a ‘War Comedy’, particularly in our part of the world and that too between India and Pakistan, who are still fighting with the haunting memories of their painful partition. So from that angle, director Faraz Haider rightly deserves the praises regarding the novel choice of this risky theme, which has never been tried before in such a focused way in Hindi Cinema. But sadly on the other hand, we don’t find the same matured outlook in his execution which more or less remains an interesting yet unconvincing comic take on an important subject of War.
It seems the writer and his director, have taken their basic idea from one of the most famous War Comedies of the West directed by Stanley Kubrick titled DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964). And one gets this idea, the moment he sees Dalip Tahil playing various characters of an Indian, Pakistani, American and Chinese official in the film, just like Peter Sellers played 3 different persons in the Oscar nominated classic released in 1964.
Beginning on an interesting and engaging note, WCNY offers some good entertaining sequences at regular intervals, which actually lose their individual grip or charm due to the other amateurish and unconvincing sequences coming one after another. The basic purpose or motive of the fresh concept remains unclear to the viewer even after 40 minutes into the film and the songs further put some relevant questions on the vision of its makers quite strongly. Moreover absurd insertions like ‘Antakshri’ at the border and very irresponsible kind of reporting by the lead character of Soha Ali Khan strictly ruin the initial excitement of watching the First War Comedy of Hindi Cinema and the film truly disappoints towards the end. Though post intermission, the entertainment factor returns with some fine comic sequences happening in the war front itself enacted by few talented actors. But the tacky handling of the subject soon makes a comeback, turning the film into an amateurish mediocre product failing to make any kind of favorable impression on the viewers despite the novel subject.
Adding songs in a ‘War Comedy’ itself is a clear indication of the confused vision of its makers and the tracks further prove the same making no contribution at all in the overall proceedings. Cinematography tries its best to keep the viewer engaged but the weak writing and too many night sequences in its second hour don’t let it happen convincingly. The same can be said about both Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaafri who act well but don’t get the much required support of the writers. Soha Ali Khan is just ok as the journalist but Sanjay Mishra and Manoj Pahwa are superb in their comic portrayal. Dalip Tahil in his different get ups is not able to put up any exceptional show whereas Mukul Dev acts fine in his funny side track of a silly intruder.
To give you a precise idea, no doubt WAR CHHOD NA YAAR says all the right things about the futility of war in the present times, revealing the secret mean games played by those powerful countries working behind the curtains. But it’s the way of depicting the idea which doesn’t work here in totality and the film just remains a weak attempt made with some noble intentions.
However, coming to the major point which doesn’t allow me to give any better ratings to the film bringing forward a crucial issue, WAR CHHOD NA YAAR in reality is a flawed War Comedy because it wrongly tackles the subject in a partial manner. Putting it differently, if you are making a War Comedy then you have to make fun of both the countries equally irrespective of your own origin or country. Whereas here, the makes are more interested in making fun of the opponent country Pakistan only in all their major comedy sequences and India is shown in a much respected manner comparatively, following a purely imbalanced pattern, which is not how it should be done.
Hence due to this biased and unacceptable partial vision of conceiving a War Comedy (making fun of only the opponent), the film loses another star from its ratings and you can easily skip it this weekend to catch up later on a TV channel in the coming months.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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11 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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Talking about the film’s production strategy first and the reason why I have called it an intelligently produced venture, WARNING is one of those very few films made in Hindi cinema, revolving around the sea and its under-water sequences. In 1982, it was SAMRAAT and then in the new millennium it was BLUE (2009), whereas both couldn’t achieve any major success at the box office, mainly due to the costs involved (particularly in case of BLUE).
So taking a valuable clue from the same, producer Anubhav Sinha planned this 3D/2D film to be made in a very limited budget with a fresh star-cast, organizing its entire shooting in Fiji with the help of subsidies provided by the Fiji government. Following the same vision, he next hired all his equipment and technicians from countries hit by recession at a very low price (as mentioned in HT CITY’s news) and then gave its direction to a new name Gurmmeet Singh, completing the film way below 5 crores quite intelligently. So studying it from that angle, WARNING is a pretty safe game played by Anubhav Sinha which is in fact the need of the hour too, looking at the current scenario of Hindi Cinema mostly dependent upon and being run by ‘The STARS’.
Now coming to the project presented before the audience after taking care of all the backstage precautions and budgeting, WARNING more or less remains an average to good watch depending upon the time, money and place you are watching the film in. To be clearer, watching it in a multiplex might give you a feeling of getting less satisfied or entertained compared to the resources spent. But watching it on a channel or DVD you probably are going to rate it as a good watch due to its fresh and engaging plot. The film does have strong merits in few of its well conceived sequences but at the same time also becomes a bit droning and less impactful in absence of that required thrill, fear or excitement promised initially.
Revolving around 7 friends, caught in a difficult, life threatening situation in the middle of a sea, WARNING starts of in a cool style introducing them all and then moves on to its main plot slowly. At first, the tricky trap they all fall in, excites you well. But post intermission the amount of excitement doesn’t reach the next level and one misses all those chilling, nail biting or frightening moments in the narration as desired. No doubt a few sequences do make you sit straight and feel the anguish too. Like the rope making act, the dog taking a jump, the child crying on the bed all alone and those moments when few of them are just close to their end, expressing it differently. Yet, neither the fear of that shark moving around freely makes you shiver (like in JAWS), nor the cracks appearing in their friendship involves you emotionally. Moreover a song ‘Bebasi’ doesn’t get well after being used again and again in the narration followed by a weak climax leaving the viewers in a baffling mode. Also released in 3D format, WARNING doesn’t have those ‘coming on to you’ scenes too, which should ideally be there in a 3D movie to make you jump out of your seat. And that does become a major drawback if one has specifically gone there to watch it with the magic glasses.
In technical terms, director Gurmmet Singh shows his competent skills in few well conceived sequences in the first hour. But the repetitive feature of his screenplay, doesn’t let him deliver the best and the audience connect gets lost in the second half. Background score could have added a lot more to its scary moments and it was really sad to see a fine, innovative & well shot song of Sonu Nigam being wasted in the end credits. However one of the key achievements of the film remains it Cinematography which surely makes you feel the nausea or fatigue felt in the sea waters, strongly.
As the performers, Manjari Fadnis plays the lead well being the helpless mother and a loving wife. Jitin Gulati, Sumit Suri and Suzana Rodrigues also play it fine along with Madhurima Tuli providing the forced-in skin show confidently. Varun Sharma is good but not as entertaining as we remember him watching in FUKREY (Choocha). But it was Bakshi’s (Santosh Barmola) careless act and strong screen presence which turned out to be more impressive for me right from his first scene.
Talking about its inspired status, WARNING might make you recall the recent LIFE OF PI (due to its similar caught in the waters theme) or few old English films too like JAWS. But in reality its reportedly (as it is said) an official adaptation of OPEN WATER 2 : ADRIFT (2006) which is supposed to be based on some true events. The makers stay religiously close to the original (scene wise) but honestly I am quite doubtful that how much percentage of our Indian audience would be actually familiar with a Private Yacht and its height dimensions which basically cause the whole problem in the film.
Nevertheless, despite its shortcomings, the project needs to be appreciated as it does provide the much desired change in our Hindi films as far as their subjects are concerned. Hence in totality WARNING remains a well attempted, fresh yet uneven adventure-thriller, which is sure going to impress you more while watching it on your TV sets instead of theaters. So do give it a chance when it will be aired soon on any famous cable channel in the coming months.

Rating : 2.5 / 5
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27 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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Apart from taking inspirations for our story plots from the west, at times their posters or creative artworks also make their way into our receptive minds and we go on copying as it is without any contribution made to them with our own creative ideas. 

The statement is proved once again as there is some acture similarityin the publicity poster of Hindi Feature Film “Will You Marry Me” (2012) and American T.V. Series “How I Met Your Mother” (2005) where in the men and women are posing together in a white bathroom.

(The posters can be easily found in the Web Search for reference.)
Tags : Will You Marry Me (2012) and its inspired poster, Inspiration in Posters from the Western Films, Inspired Movie Posters of Hindi Films, Inspiration in Bollywood
 
 
16 July 2012 / bobbysing /
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