Waar set to run on 23 UK screens from January 17

Published: January 14, 2014


The cinemas in which Waar will be releasing in UK. PHOTO: WAAR OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Blockbuster movie Waar is set to be  screened in UK from January 17, the film’s official Facebook page announced on Tuesday.

According to a schedule posted on the page, it listed release in 23 cinemas in the UK including in 12 Cineworld cinemas, 10 Odeon Cinemas and one VUE Cinema.

The movie will be exhibited in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Bolton, Bradford, Sheffield, Leicester, Leeds, Glasgow, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff, High Wycombe and West Bromwich.

The film, directed by Bilal Lashari, had a record breaking run in Pakistan before an anticipated release in Dubai, on December 12, 2013.

The film had grossed Rs230 million on the domestic circuit since its release on Eidul Azha.

There has also been some speculation about the film’s release in India. Bilal Lashari said, “I have not approached anyone specifically for distribution in India.” Given the theme of the film and the perception that ‘Waar shows India as cause of nation’s problems’, the director says, “I have no idea how people will react, but it would be great if it ends up being screened. A lot of people are saying it’s never going to happen.”

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.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Jan 14, 2014 - 9:44PM

    good luck Waar team.Recommend

  • Ian
    Jan 14, 2014 - 9:57PM

    Looking forward to it. For the first time I’ll be watching a non-Hollywood film in cinema.


  • gp65
    Jan 14, 2014 - 11:17PM


    The director first says:

    Bilal Lashari said, “I have not approached anyone specifically for distribution in India.”

    And then he says

    “I have no idea how people will react, but it would be great if it ends up being screened. A lot of people are saying it’s never going to happen.”

    Well if you do not approach any distributor then of course the ‘lot of people’ are correct – it will not be screened. You do need to contact a distributor if the film is to be screened.Recommend

  • naeem khan
    Jan 14, 2014 - 11:54PM

    who will watch this rubbish
    only Pakistanis


  • Mohd Tarekh
    Jan 15, 2014 - 12:06AM

    Hey think now for next five years we will have to watch this films…please atleast make 10 films if not 100’s like bolly and holly……………..


  • Lala Gee
    Jan 15, 2014 - 12:07AM

    @All Indian commentators:

    Please don’t start comparing this humble Pakistani movie with your great Dhoom 3. We already know that Dhoom 3 is the greatest movie of all times (read all the comments from page 1 to 3 to give you an idea of its greatness) beating the record for earnings of ‘Avatar’ (mere US$ 2,782 million) and ‘Gone with the Wind’ (only US$ 3,301 million).


  • Dal Chanaa
    Jan 15, 2014 - 3:01AM

    @naeem khan:
    Then why did you bother to come to movie’s news and comment?


  • Muhammad
    Jan 15, 2014 - 3:45AM

    I am so going to watch it :-) Already booked time off work for it.


  • kareem
    Jan 15, 2014 - 4:45AM

    I wish I could see this film in theatres but its not playing in my country.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jan 15, 2014 - 4:58AM

    Ahhh… finally wait is over, the last non Hollywood movie I watched in UK cinema was Muammar Rana’s Ye Dil Aap Ka Huwa


  • Aamir
    Jan 15, 2014 - 7:18AM

    Very disappointed to say this but the biggest film to come out of Pakistani cinema in recent years has been very poorly promoted here in UK by Ary. In fact the promotion has been zero. This means that a lot of people are going to miss this brilliant movie. Still can’t believe what promoted Hasan Waqas Rana to ask to do the release here in UK. Ary are a bunch of jokers. When a 10 year old kid do a better job. I will be surprised if Waar breaks collection figures of Bol here in UK. Bol did business of £200,000 after just 3 weeks but Bol was released by Eros. One had the producer saying that a number of distributors overseas were interested in releasing Waar. What happened? Also why the heck was the film made in English when even overseas it’s going to be the Pakistanis who are going to watch it. A premiere could not be even organised where the atleast the British media could have been invited. A huge opportunity missed overall. Very disappointed.


  • Marilyn Walsh UK
    Jan 15, 2014 - 8:26AM

    It is really unfair of Indians to bash Pakistani first attempt. A couple of years ago Pakistani films were few. There had been a new wave so give it a chance. Bollywood had had many advantages these churn out many films as fast ad they are forgotten. I don’t think Hollywood is scared of Bollywood, I think they wonder the necessity of Bollywood to produce in quantity & skip real quality?


  • yeay
    Jan 15, 2014 - 10:01AM

    finally! in uk… all my friends will watch it here in manchesterrrrr… so excited!


  • indians are so smart
    Jan 15, 2014 - 2:06PM

    @LALA jee..wow man wow..salute to your intellect. Avatar made 2.8$ billion dollars (AROUND $2800 MILLION)..total collections of Dhoom 3 till jan 10 is INR273 crore..which is roughly around $44.3 million dollars.

    a movie like the dark knight rises was made at a budget of 130$ million approximately..

    Please research before you post.


  • baloch Southall UK
    Jan 15, 2014 - 7:58PM

    I was counting days for its release. Finally its arrived in UK.
    I have already booked seats at odeon cinema for myself and my family . Good job waar team for giving us this great movie. Recommend

  • np
    Jan 15, 2014 - 9:19PM

    @indians are so smart: Lala Gee is not an Indian. He is a Pakistani and was trying to be sarcastic.Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    Jan 15, 2014 - 10:03PM

    India…instead of comparing your films with us…please compare them with the best of the world …far you are no longer in the league as PakistanRecommend

  • amjad
    Jan 20, 2014 - 8:15PM

    @indians are so smart: I think you need to correct your figures, dhoom3 worldwide gross figure is not 273crores. This is net figure in india only. Worldwide gross so far for dhoom3 is 540crores. Please do your research before you post.Recommend

  • sadam
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:56PM

    fantastic movie its going to break many records.Recommend

  • Kash
    Jan 21, 2014 - 5:24PM


    WAAR is also showing in Luton, UK from 24th January. Suprised it was missed off initially for release on 17th. It seems the film has fared very well in UK.


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