Waar: ‘Girls can do action sequences, too’

Published: October 10, 2013
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This screen grab from the Waar trailer shows Khan playing an overconfident and unapologetic agent. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

This screen grab from the Waar trailer shows Khan playing an overconfident and unapologetic agent. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: 

One would expect Pakistan’s first major action-thriller to keep the fighting scenes focused on male characters. But Waar makers have something different up their sleeves. The film releasing on Eidul Azha features singer-turned-actor Meesha Shafi and TV actor Ayesha Khan, who are all set to show some stellar action stunts.

“I wanted headstrong dominating females in the films,” says producer Hassan Waqas Rana, adding that Khan plays the role of a chief communication and intelligence officer at a counter-terrorism agency. “The girls had to go through rigorous training, and Ayesha had to carry a weapon at all times. So, her way of walking also changed.” Without giving away too much, he adds that Shafi will be seen in a “dominating mode that builds the action of the film.”

Khan plays an overconfident and unapologetic agent. “I wanted to show that girls can do action sequences, too,” she tells The Express Tribune. “For the first time, I got the chance to be part of action sequences and use real weapons.” She adds that due to Waar’s “sophisticated cinematography”, the project will be distinctly different from others.

The actor admits she had to take a break from television which is her forte, but she doesn’t regret the decision one bit as she feels Waar will revive stakeholders’ confidence in the industry. “We all had been working independently for quite some time but this has brought us together for the first time,” says Khan, referring to her co-stars Shaan, Shamoon Abbasi, Shafi, Ali Azmat and Hamza Ali Abbasi.

Waar has been shot primarily in English, a different challenge altogether for actors who have largely done projects in Urdu. “I have always acted in Urdu. I would joke in the middle of the scenes that it’s so hard to cry in English,” she says with a laugh.

Expectations surrounding the movie are mounting up and rightfully so. Waar has been in production for over two years and is finally complete. Cast member Abbasi admits this was bound to happen as the current infrastructure and support are not developed enough to cater to such large-scale projects. “I am certain that this movie will set a [new] standard. It will be the one to watch out for,” he says, proud of the team’s accomplishments.

“For most of us, it was not a professional commitment, but more a commitment of passion,” he continues, adding that the actors have worked hard to make the film as close to reality as possible.

Azmat had turned down several television projects just to be part of Waar as he was enamoured by the freshness of the project, Abbasi reveals. “In my case, I was involved from the beginning, so I grew up with this.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Warsi
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Spoiling our women.

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  • Raza Durrani
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:13PM

    We all know who is behind the movie so what hype. They are the people who can put a gun on our heads and make us watch this film. Grow up guys.

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  • Patriot
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:28PM

    @Raza Durrani:

    Please grow up

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  • islooboy
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @Warsi:
    hmm may be you never got beaten by 10 college girls

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  • Naveed
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:44PM

    @Raza Durrani. as i was going through the article same thought came to my mind.. If incase this pre launch mass marketing failed. then post launch publicity will be MASSIVE, if not putting gun on our heads and makeus watch this film :)

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  • Oct 10, 2013 - 10:27PM

    @Raza Durrani:

    Sir, will you please elaborate your statement a bit?
    It is a humble request.Pardon my ignorance.I usually am not a big fan of any of the lollywood productions.But this title caught my attention.So, i’m curious about your comment as well.

    Regards.

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  • NYistan
    Oct 10, 2013 - 10:39PM

    errr what??
    “The girls had to go through rigorous training, and Ayesha had to carry a weapon at all times. So, her way of walking also changed.”

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  • Doli Pashmir
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:18AM

    We must have negative naysayers that see the gloom & doom in everything and the award goes to @Raza Durrani & @Naveed come on guys give this film a chance get off your negative cushions and try to keep an open mind, really it is the best medicine for your soul!

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  • optimist
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:20AM

    I used to read an Indian film Magazine (Shama) in the 80s and early 90s. They always seemed surprised that Pakistani heroine was ‘kicking Ass’ in many movies.
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    Every month there was a column named ‘film news from neighbourhood’ and they would mention Babara Sharif etc etc doing Miss Hong Kong, Miss Colombo and other films based on female commandoes and they would compare it with Indian heroine who was there only to sing and dance with Amitabh Bachan.
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    Maybe Waar’s action is just better but women fighter theme is a very old theme in Pakistani films.

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  • Geeta Patel
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:23AM

    Wow it looks like my Pakistani sisters across the border are kicking butts and taking names!
    Malala…Sharneen Chinoy I think like their Indian brothers Pakistani men will crawl…scream and try to dismiss the rise of the Pakistani women so to my Pakistani men bros step aside and let the women take charge so far you men have done a miserable job and your women are here to clean the mess!

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  • choclet
    Oct 11, 2013 - 12:02PM

    if primarily shot in english then is ‘waar’ a desi pronunciation of ‘war’? :)
    and if waar:attack, then why an urdu title for an english film??

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  • Asad
    Oct 11, 2013 - 12:17PM

    @Geeta Patel:
    Kudos to you, in that case you are actually cleaning the mess which your Indian bros make here daily. Pardon for this hard statement :)Recommend

  • Ponka
    Oct 11, 2013 - 12:41PM

    All those criticizing this film, will watch ridiculous and stupid movies like Chennai Express and Akshay Kumar’s Boss but will not give their own industry a chance! Pakistan’s cinema is reviving and that point was proven by Shoaib mansoor’s movies.

    If we decide to criticize our own efforts then some other good movies like Jami’s Moore and Operation 021 will not be released.

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  • Farhan
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:36PM

    @NYistan:

    LOL. This statement makes very controversial imagery come to my mind

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  • hmm
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:49PM

    At least it’ll be better than those ridiculous Bollywood movies.

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  • Pradhan
    Oct 11, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Just watched the trailer and it looks promising except the part where the lead actor put goggles every now and then. Has anybody seen it ???

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  • Oct 11, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @Geeta Patel:
    Women do always clean the mess at the end.Kind of part of their job which suits their natural role in any society,isn’t it?
    Boundaries or no boundaries doesn’t matter.

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  • sardar zaheer
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Dear Friends what ever you talk the movie turned into a Pakistan’s block buster:) Kudos to Lasharis and team…you made entire film industry proud after long and by showing the true picture of nation’s suffering and other nation’s efforts in making Pakistan what it is today…probably what ever was shown in the movie can be called a little glamorized version of reality…but its something we as a nation go through every day…Thanks for giving world a chance to see real face of Pakistan not the one that’s being shown by west and west influenced Asian media…people on both or i must say all sides are border desire peace but it can only come once they all understand each other’s reality and must acknowledge the other’s presence in the region a reality.if Europe can be united despite having all differences in past, we can surely be together once we learned to give each other due respect and would not indulge each other in any activity against each other….Pakistan Zindabad ….PICAI – Togather we Can(Pakistan, India, China , Afghanistan and Iran) if emerge as region and put their issues in grave we can turn this world in to paradise…Recommend

  • Nobody
    Nov 3, 2013 - 5:43AM

    @LightBulb:
    Excuse me, but my role in society is not to clean up someone else’s mess, thank you very much. Unfortunately women in some Eastern societies have had to take up this old school role as their men haven’t yet left behind age old customs and are seemingly incapable of doing so.

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