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War Chhod Na Yaar: Is the film ready for a tough box-office test?

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New Delhi: Amid masala films like 'Boss', 'Krrish 3' and 'Ram Leela' lined up for release this festive season, debutante director Faraz Haider's medium budget 'War Chhod Na Yaar', touted to be the country's first war comedy, promises to bring a refreshing change for the viewers.

Produced by AOPL Entertainment, it has reportedly been made at a budget of Rs 12-13 crore and the makers are not looking at a wide release. It features Sharman Joshi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Soha Ali Khan, Sanjay Mishra, Mukul Dev and Dalip Tahil.

Scheduled right after Abhinav Kashyap's 'Besharam' and before Anthony D'Souza's Akshay Kumar starrer 'Boss', the film is expected to survive on its own merit at the box office.

War Chhod Na Yaar: Is the film ready for a tough box-office test?

'War Chhod Na Yaar' has got one thing in its favour that no big film is releasing alongside it.

"With so many big films coming, small films have to really struggle for a release date. They either come in between two big releases or with a big release. But if 'War Chhod Na Yaar' has merit, then it will definitely work with the audience," trade analyst Komal Nahta told IANS.

The film marks the debut of a new genre of war comedies in Bollywood. It will present a comical take on the otherwise volatile India-Pakistan relationship. Director Faraz Haider is convinced that people will be able to relate to the film.

"I am trying a genre which the audience has not yet been introduced to. But I feel everyone will connect to my point of view," Haider said.

Sharman Joshi admits that he enjoys comedies. However, the actor has no intention of taking up any adult comedy at the moment.

"I only do work that I enjoy doing. As an audience, I enjoy all kinds of films. I am a movie buff. But as an actor I don't like to be part of all films. At this point of time maybe I don't want to be part of sex comedies," Sharman Joshi told IANS.

Jaaved Jaaferi will be seen in a comical role in the film. "Here my character is comical, but my role is not an over the top. It is a serious film, but the situation is comical."

The actor assures that the movie will not offend anyone, even though it talks about the Indo-Pak situation.

"I think it is very balanced. There is nothing that could be offensive. There are certain realities that everyone will agree to," he said.

'War Chhod Na Yaar' has got one thing in its favour that no big film is releasing alongside it, so it may get a good opening. Further, its success will depend on the word-of-mouth publicity.

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