Yalghaar – Minus The VFX Effects And Technological Edge, It’s A Fluff

Shaan Shahid and Humayun Saeed are two biggest crowd pullers of Pakistani cinema. Both are casted in Pakistan’s one of a kind war cum battle film Yalghaar. The film is directed, produced and written by Hassan Waqas Rana, the same guy who gave Waar a few years back. Yalghaar also features a huge range of actors including Adnan Siddiqui, Bilal Ashraf, Ashir Azeem, Gohar Rasheed, Ayub Khoso, Ahmad Taha Ghani, Uzair Jaswal and Hassan Waqas Rana along with female actresses like Ayesha Omar, Armeena Rana Khan, and Sana Bucha etc. So, with such a huge cast and a film based on the subject of war (read: battle field), will Yalghaar be able to make big at the box office? Will it be critically acclaimed? Will the movie impress cine-goers on the basis of performance? Let’s find out!

The story is pretty simple, there is a bad guy Torjan who is the bane of the society and runs an organization which aims to create havoc and mayhem in Pakistan. Special Forces are assigned a new task to eradicate Tojan’s operations and put the final nail in the coffin by finishing him. The Pakistani force creates a plan to track Torjan down and in the line of duty what happens is what Yalghaar is all about. Quite simple and easy to understand plot, right?

Yalghaar Bilal Ashraf Shaan

Performance wise, awkwardly none of the actors stand out in the film. Humayun Saeed as the main antagonist could have been marvelous, if projected even 10% of what he projected in his debut i.e. “Inteha”. Unfortunately, he looked least bothered and performed halfheartedly. There was only a scene or two which were interesting else all his scenes were below average in terms of performance. Shaan on the other hand is just straight-faced patriot who looks the same when romancing, getting philosophical about life and mourning on his soldier’s martyrdom. It’s high time for Shaan Shahid to either say adieu to the protagonist’s roles or start appearing as supporting actors. Bilal Ashraf is just the good looks, muscles and stylized walking.

Yalghaar Bilal Ashraf

Ayub Khoso stands out being a veteran and looks very believable. Adnan Siddiqui is passable. Ashir Azeem is first rate in a cameo. Sana Bucha is weak, not a heroin material; needs to work very hard on her dialogue delivery. Ayesha Omar hams a lot, breathes abnormally and does not look the character. Armeena Rana Khan is just a prop used in the film.

Ahmed Taha Ghani tried to provide comic relief in the film but fails multiple times. Hassan Waqas Rana in the post interval tried to be too much on the screen, projecting himself to certain extent; and he is pretty decent in some scenes as well.

Music of Yalghaar is hardly memorable; it does not offer any repeat value. Dialogues are weak and the flow of the film is abrupt at places. There isn’t any logic involved in Yalghaar, one of the very basic examples out of numerous is that, “Why would a martyr’s body’s flag be delivered to his girlfriend and not family?”

The only thing that stands out in Yalghaar is the way battle scenes are executed. VFX effects are amazing. Although the narration is weak and at times looks forced and repeated but the techniques and technologies used in Yalghaar are impressive for a Pakistani film.

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