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.