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Pakistani blockbuster “Waar’ to hit UAE cinemas Thursday

‘Waar’ depicts how a retired security officer helps quash terrorism

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 16:08 December 11, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Pakistan’s new blockbuster movie Waar is set to take UAE cinemas by storm on Thursday.

The bi-lingual movie, which was shot predominantly in English, and in Urdu, is Pakistan’s first big-budget film that premiered on October 16 in Pakistan. Waar (Urdu for “to Strike”) has created history in Pakistan and is the highest grossing film of the year, after reaching nearly $2 million (Dh7.34 million) box office collections to date from the Pakistan market.

The film is set to premiere outside Pakistan in cinemas in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman, Al Ain, Muscat, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain on December 12. This is the first time after years that any Pakistani film is being shown in the UAE cinemas.

The film tackles terrorism in Pakistan caused by elements hired by its neighbours. The storyline is the age-old one-man saviour of a country under attack in the person of Pakistan superstar Shaan. The movie depicts the veteran actor as the last hope for Pakistan’s security agencies to battle against the vicious opponent Shamoon Abbasi.

“The cinema-goers in Pakistan have given their verdict; they have made Waar the most successful movie in the history of the country. The countless queries which we are receiving about Waar tell us that it will do equally great in this market as well,” said Yasar Khan, Chief Operating Officer of, ARY Digital Network – Middle East and North Africa, which is the film’s distributor.

The film has received acclaim from movie-goers for its music, cinematography, and overall treatment, which is believed to revive the dying Pakistani film industry.

The movie is the debut film of new generation filmmaker Bilal Lashari and written and produced by Dr. Hassan Waqas Rana. The cast includes Hamza Ali Abbasi, Aisha Khan, Ali Azmat, Misha Shafi, Kamran Lashari and Nadeem Abbas Rana.

Dubai fans will get a chance to meet the cast including, Shaan, Abbasi, Azmat and Khan, at 8.30pm on Thursday on the main stage of Global Village.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:04 December 12, 2013

    Was desperately waiting for the display of WAAR here in Dubai ... Thank you team WAAR for bringing it here :)

    Bilal Nawaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:51 December 12, 2013

    I heard about the story line of this movie in one of the FM stations here in Dubai which was quite weird.. movie goes like India is the one who is funding for terrorist activities in Pakistan & Indian army is fighting unwanted battles against Pakistan.. when India movies like Lamha (storyline: Indian army's counter attack on terrorists group) is not screened here why the authority give permission to screen this Pakistani movie.. it has to be treated equally !!

    Gokul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:02 December 12, 2013

    This will be the most awesome movie, as far as its concern about act of Indian interference in Pakistan, thats the reality, Im gona watch WAAR tonight....

    Arman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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