KARACHI: The wait is finally over. All those who were unable to watch Pakistani blockbuster Waar on the big screen should brace themselves, as the film is soon to premiere on television.
Filmmaker Bilal Lashari’s action thriller will be aired on ARY Digital at 8pm on August 14, as announced on the local television channel’s Facebook page.
“It’s high time since a lot of people missed the theatrical release, and have been wanting to watch the film,” said the director, Lashari.
“And what better timing than Independence Day?”
The film, that broke new ground by surpassing previous box-office records on its release, earned a whopping Rs230 million at the local box office.
It was slated to release in 35 countries across the globe and has, so far, been released in the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, among others.
Raking in a business of Rs150 million in the overseas market, Waar has generated a total revenue of around Rs400 million.
However, those looking forward to owning a Waar DVD will have to wait a little longer.
“The delay in the DVD release is primarily because foreign distributors aren’t interested in the film if the DVDs are out,” Lashari said. “The film is still in the process of being released around the world, with Australia being the most recent country where it has been released.”
According to sources, the delay is also because Lashari filed a case against the film’s writer and producer, Dr Hasan Waqas Rana, over the film’s profit sharing.
Presently, Lashari’s upcoming film, the remake of Maula Jatt, is in its pre-production phase. And Rana is busy shooting Yalghaar, which stars Humayun Saeed, Sana Bucha and Shaan in lead roles – which is also being termed as a sequel to Waar.
Although we are uncertain if Yalghaar will make the impact Waar had without Lashari, we hope that both Lashari and Rana manage to attract local audiences with their upcoming projects.