‘Yalghaar’ trailer is out but does it look better than 'Waar'?

Published: April 25, 2017
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KARACHI  : If there’s one Pakistani film since 2013’s Waar that has been creating hype for a few years now, it is Yalghaar. After several delays, reshoots and other factors, the Dr Hassan Waqas Rana (also known as Doc) directorial has finally got a confirmed release date and will be gracing cinemas this Eidul Fitr.

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As the promotions for the highly anticipated war epic kick off, the first trailer has already been released. At the recent trailer launch at a local hotel, Rana addressed the audience saying he made Waar to give everyone a sense of pride. He is now following it up with Yalghaar, which happens to be the most expensive Pakistani film till date. It also boasts of a huge ensemble cast comprising Shaan Shahid, Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, Goher Rasheed, Armeena Rana Khan and Ayesha Omar, amongst many others.

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Talking to the people, Rana got quite emotional about Yalghaar’s three-year journey. He spoke about his experiences, inspiration, aspiration, choice of casting and confidence in the film they have made. He said the reason the release of the much-awaited flick took so long was because he wanted the project to be as authentic as possible. “I went to ISPR and contrary to popular belief, they don’t have money,” Rana laughed. “They said they could give us guns though. But I wanted stories. I wanted to feel what a soldier feels when he stands on the front-line.”

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

The director burst into tears as he recounted a story of how he once buried a soldier and thereafter, when he took the Pakistani flag to his mother, she stated her son was still alive. “This is what made me do this… because I don’t want to do a disservice to those soldiers and officers.”

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Rana also showered heavy praise on his cast, naming each of the stars and how and why he had chosen them and brought them on board for Yalghaar. Speaking about Sana Bucha, he said, “No matter how the film performs at the cinemas, I have given Pakistani cinema a heroine.”

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Saeed will be playing a negative role for the first time in Pakistan. The director thanked him for that and said, “If I had a choice to cast anyone in the world, from Al Pacino to you-name-it, I’d still cast Humayun seven days a week and twice on Sundays.”

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

About Saeed’s antagonist character, Rana revealed that the villain in the film is not an outsider or an Indian. “It’s the person within us, who wakes up when we brutally murder Mashal Khan or slaughter children in attacks like the one on APS.”

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

How well Yalghaar fares at the box office remains yet to be seen. However, speculation is already rife considering it shares a release date with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s next offering Tubelight.

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

Photos: Rahul Aijaz

During a question-and-answer session that followed, the issue was brought up but Rana stated that it didn’t matter as his team and he are ready to face any competition. According to him, it is the combination of film-makers and the audience who make a film successful. “We saw how the cinemas suffered in the last six months when we banned Bollywood films. I won’t say ban Bollywood because with a cast like this, we can face any competition,” he said. “But, as film-makers, before we ask you to support our films over Bollywood or Hollywood, it’s our responsibility to make a good film.”

Yalghaar: locked and loaded

Yalghaar is set to release in 1600 screens in over 50 countries.

Watch the trailer here:

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 25, 2017 - 1:02PM

    Am I the only one tired of seeing senior Shaan in every other film – be it Urdu or Punjabi ? Recommend

  • aLi
    Apr 25, 2017 - 1:05PM

    I am satisfied that now educated ones are in the industry, and they are giving us presentable flicks that can be shown internationally. Hats off to the makers of WAAR n Yalghar…Recommend

  • PakSal
    Apr 25, 2017 - 2:13PM

    Full action thriller … where is Hamza Ali Abbasi?Recommend

  • Jamal
    Apr 25, 2017 - 3:35PM

    Come on, why we have to make a war movie to show our sense of pride? How about making movies on real issues, like corrupt politicians, educational crisis, lack of jobs etc?Recommend

  • Alex
    Apr 25, 2017 - 3:41PM

    @Bunny Rabbit Which every other film of Shaan has made you tired?? The comment shows how poor your knowledge is. Shaan’s last film O21 was released in October 2014. Since then no Urdu film of Shaan is released. It is unfortunate that persons with such poor knowledge spread false information on public forum.Recommend

  • Jimmy
    Apr 25, 2017 - 4:17PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Well said…….Im also sick of Shan and his stereotyped movies…….dont we have good and young talent………shan is over-used in Pakistani MediaRecommend

  • Jammer
    Apr 25, 2017 - 5:59PM

    Indians hate Shaan. Not amazed, They hate everything powerful from Pakistan What a sick memtality,

    Yalghaar missing style and Visual effects. The biggest Difference between Waar and Yalghaar is. Waar had best Background Music. But Yalghar seems to have no Background Music other than Bullets, its like Biryani without Chicken.

    Producer should not be over comfident but Add some strong Hollywood type Music. No doubt Dhuwan is Prime example of Powerful Music.

    Music drives Soul.Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Apr 25, 2017 - 6:21PM

    I fully support this movie. I don’t care what other people (including Indians) who come to this forum have to say. Hassan Waqas Rana and others in his team have done some incredible work from what I can see in this trailer. Obviously the final verdict can ONLY be given once the movie is out. It is the their prerogative to release the movie whenever they want. God speed!Recommend

  • Sameer
    Apr 25, 2017 - 9:17PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    The only good thing in this movie is Shaan. The rest of the movie is just heavy pyro technics and useless overtly present gun flashes. Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 25, 2017 - 9:30PM

    Looks really bad. Poor direction and editing. Recommend

  • Gul
    Apr 25, 2017 - 10:39PM

    Personally I dint like the trailer. They tried to copyied Waar trailer, but dint succeeded. The movie might be good but in trailer just blasts and guns. Agr ainda banda Producer, Director Cinematographer sub kch ho to what could you expect. Recommend

  • chengez k
    Apr 25, 2017 - 11:03PM

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 26, 2017 - 1:36AM

    ISPR in entertainment industry, why? Recommend

  • ahmad
    Apr 26, 2017 - 11:11AM

    not impressive.Recommend

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