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La India y Pakistán en cartel como enemigos irreconciliables en la película “Waar” primera cinta pakistaní de gran presupuesto.

“Waar” significa huelga en lengua urdú. El filme dirigido por Bilal Lashari lleva a la pantalla la guerra contra el terrorismo en Pakistán, mostrando alianzas islamistas, ataques, sangre y mucha acción.

Bilal Lashari habla de este inesperado taquillazo :

“Nos esperábamos buenos resultados pero no tanto pues la película registraba nuevos récords cada día. Nos esperábamos algo grande, pero esto es algo increíble “.

Tres años de rodaje y un presupuesto de 1. 400.000 euros, toda una superproducción que desde su primera semana de explotación acumula ingresos 650.000 euros, un record para el cine pakistaní.

Waar recuerda las tensiones entre los dos países desde 1947. Dos potencias nucleares rivales que intercambian fuegos cruzados a lo largo de la frontera que separa la región del Himalaya de Cachemira, a pesar de un alto el fuego firmado en 2003.

Aunque Waar le sigue el juego a Pakistán, la cinta ha creado polémica en el país. Y algunos la consideran una película de propaganda. Esta es la opinión del crítico Nadeem Paracha:

“Su trama tiene muy poca cosa y no es muy convincente. Se basa en una gran cantidad de cosas que ahora parecen como parodia de sí mismos. Creo que es una película estúpida, pero con un montón de acción, lo que le hace entretenida.”

Este fenómeno de Lollywood que se acaba de estrenar con éxito en Pakistán podría distribuirse próximamente en Dubái, Reino Unido, Canadá y los EE.UU..

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(26 sot) “We were expecting a pretty decent opening. However, we weren’t still expecting the kind of reaction we got because the film was breaking new records every single day. So it’s been overwhelming. And yeah, I mean we were expecting it to be big, but it was even bigger; it ended up being huge.”

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(1’39 sot) “Its plot is extremely thin and not very convincing as such, and based on a lot of things which now seem like self-parodies, if you know what I mean. I think it’s a mindless movie, but with great action, and great fun to watch”.

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Militants overrun a Pakistani police academy and kill 100 officers. An Indian spy and her accomplice waltz in a glitzy flat in Islamabad to celebrate the success of their mission.
This is a scene from ‘Waar’ (“Strike”), Pakistan’s first big-budget movie which opened this month to enthusiastic audiences in the nuclear-armed South Asian country of 180 million.

Bilal Lashari, the 31-year-old director of ‘Waar’, shuttling across the country for various publicity and media events of the movie, said even the makers of the film were surprised by the response.

0.26 (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF ‘WAAR’, PAKISTAN’S FIRST BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE, BILAL LASHARI,SAYING:
“We were expecting a pretty decent opening. However, we weren’t still expecting the kind of reaction we got because the film was breaking new records every single day. So it’s been overwhelming. And yeah, I mean we were expecting it to be big, but it was even bigger; it ended up being huge.”

0.48 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 24, 2013) PEOPLE ENTERING CINEMA
SHOWINGWAAR”/ PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH WALK-THROUGH SECURITY GATE

‘Waar’ took more than three years to make and officially cost around $2.2 million in a country where the average film is made on less than $25,000. Its distributors say Waar grossed more than $900,000 during the first week – a record for Pakistani cinema.

1.03 EXCERPT FROM TRAILER OF ‘WAAR’ (a partir de 3“04)

The narrative is simple and packed with action. Indian villains team up with Islamist militants to plot spectacular attacks across Pakistan. Pakistani security forces jump in and save the day.

Though yet to be screened in India, the film serves as a reminder of tensions between the neighboring states, which have fought three wars since independence from the British in 1947.
India and Pakistan trade accusations of staging cross-border attacks and supporting militants in the disputed region of Kashmir, where violence has seen a resurgence in recent months.

1.30 POSTER OF “WAAROUTSIDE CINEMA HOUSE/PEOPLE ON ESCALATORS LEADING TO CINEMA HALL/CULTURAL CRITIC NADEEM PARACHA READING A BOOK

Some liberals, wary of what they see as fiery nationalistic rhetoric and scenes demonizing India, have mocked ‘Waar’ as a propaganda movie.

Cultural critic Nadeem Paracha said the film is basically the Pakistani state’s fantasies being played out on a big screen, but politics aside, ‘Waar’ was great fun to watch.

1.38 (SOUNDBITE) (English) CULTURAL CRITIC NADEEM PARACHA SAYING:
“Its plot is extremely thin and not very convincing as such, and based on a lot of things which now seem like self-parodies, if you know what I mean. I think it’s a mindless movie, but with great action, and great fun to watch”.

1.57 EXCERPT FROM TRAILER OF ‘WAAR

‘Waar’ is in great demand outside Pakistan, and his company has received requests from Dubai, London, Canada and the United States for rights to the movie.

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