Waar, a propaganda movie?

Some have termed the local war on terror film “ISPR-funded propaganda”.


Ferya Ilyas October 18, 2013
Some on Twitter are not pleased with the movie because of its overly-patriotic script. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Not everyone was happy as Pakistan’s most anticipated movie of the year Waar opened on the first day of Eidul Azha, with some online terming it “ISPR-funded propaganda”.

The movie was released on 42 screens across Pakistan and beat the box office record for an opening day take of Rs11.4 million.

It is an action/thriller and drama film, written by Hassan Waqas Rana and stars Pakistan’s actors, Shaan Shahid and Shamoon Abbasi. The storyline has been inspired by the war on terror in Pakistan and its effects on the world, but with a stylised interpretation of it.

Though majority of the people are proud of having a Pakistani movie to cheer for this Eid, some said the script was sub par and functioned as propaganda.






https://twitter.com/Mahim_Maher/status/390576303948435456


Others believed Waar was perfectly acceptable - propaganda or otherwise.

https://twitter.com/sharmeenochinoy/status/390558461916086273

https://twitter.com/AnasMallick/status/391096746086264832
https://twitter.com/ErumManzoor/status/391093848585162752

What the director said

In 2012, Waar Director Bilal Lashari had told The Express Tribune that the "ISPR has no involvement in Waar. Hassan Waqas Rana, the writer and executive producer has funded this film. MindWorks Media did a project in the middle of Waar for the ISPR called the Glorious Resolve. There has been some confusion as some people thought the shoot for Glorious Resolve was actually for Waar."

COMMENTS (83)

Wisemind | 8 years ago | Reply

Why some people cannot stand a good movie by Pakistan?India & US has been making propaganda movies since agesss and NO One dares to speak about them? Why? Can some one please tell me. Leave Pakistan and Pakistani People alone!!!

pity u | 8 years ago | Reply

how can a nation that hates itself ever progress? now go watch bolly patriotic flicks that are so far removed from reality and are not funded by RAW. Thank god I left this country of yours.

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