Motion Pictures Archive of Pakistan



October 16, 2013 English with some dialogues in Urdu

Super Hit


Bilal Lashari’s Waar is the most anticipated and hyped Pakistani film, which was also a hit at the local box office, is the highest rated feature film of 2013, according to Internet movie database. The movie was given a rating of 9.1 out of 10 in a polling based on more than 10,000 users rating, ranking above films like The Wolf of Wall Street and Gravity. It is worth mentioning here that Indian film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag reached at a position of number eight. Bilal Lashari, the director of the film excitedly expressed his emotions that it was not just a reaction to a film, but a show of immense love and support from proud fellow Pakistanis and a new beginning for our national cinema. Waar was released on 42 screens in all over Pakistan and set a new record of box office collection pertaining to Eid openings after a first day opening of Rs. 11.4 million the big budget flick earned a total of Rs. 42.6 million within a week breaking all previous records of Eid collections. 



All possible details about the movie are appended below…….

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Genre: Drama l Fiction Color: Color Run Time: NC






Credited cast:

 Shaan                     – – – as Major Mujtaba    
 Shamoon Abbasi      – – –  as Ramal an Indian spy   
 Meesha Shafi           – – –  as Laxmi, Indian spy  
 Ali Azmat                – – – as Ejaz Khan a politician  
 Hamza Ali Abbasi     – – – as Ehtesham 
 Bilal Lashari            – – – as Ali a sniper by profession 
 Ayesha Khan           – – –  as Javeria an intelligence officer (Zoya)  
 Kamran Lashari       – – – as Head of security wing  
 Batin Farooqi          – – – as Militant 
 Uzma Khan             – – – as wife of Mujtaba

Complete credited cast: NC


Film Details with Crew

Released Date: October 16, 2013
Production: Mandviwala Entertainment

Hassan Waqas Rana

Jamil Ahmed — Line Producer

Director: Bilal Lashari
Writer / Story: Hassan Waqas Rana
Lyrics: NC
Screenplay: NC
Dialogs: NC
Choreography: NC
Make Up:

Khawar Riaz — makeup artist
Shahjahan — special makeup effects artist
Sajid Wahab — makeup artist


Iftikhar Ahmad

Shaheen Shah

Fight Instructor: NC
Processing: NC
Production Manager:

Muhammad Shakeel


Alvina Ijaza 

Rana Sarmad Umair

Muhammad Kamran (Unit Production Manager)

Studio Engineer: Hasil Qureshi
Sound Recordist: Muhammad Naseer
Assistant Director: Muhammad Kamran
Editor: Bilal Lashari

Bilal Lashari

Athar Hussain

Still Photographer:

Sarah Panni

Athar Hussain

Visual Effects:

Syed Waqar Alam — visual effects artist
Umar Garcia Tariq — visual effects supervisor
Ali Haider — visual effects lead
Haider Iqbal — visual effects line producer
Malik.Gillani — visual effects
Fahad Riaz — animator
Zubair Tahir — senior compositor

Animation Department: 

Raheel Jawaid
Malik Geelani

Operative Cameraman:

Arshad Altaf

Shayan Latif Sheikh

Film Studios:

Studio MindWorks Media

Off Road Studios


Amir Munawar

Assisted by 


Umair Jaswal

(for one song each)

Singers: Ali Azmat
  1. Dil Ka Jahan
  2. Inqalab
  3. Theme Song



Technical Specifications

Language: English with some dialogues in Urdu
Genre: Drama l Fiction
Run Time: 130 minutes
Length: NC
Sound Format: Dts, Dolby Digital, Stereophonic 
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope




The story of Waar revolves around Major Mujhtaba (Played by Shan), a retired army officer who has taken pre-mature release from the Army because of his own personal reasons. The theme of the film involves a counter-terrorism operation being conducted in the Northwestern tribal region of Pakistan, headd by Ehtesham (played by Hamza Ali Abbasi) and coordinated by an intelligence officer played by Ayesha. A major terrorist attack was revealed through intelligence resources so Ehtesham and the intelligence officer planned to assist Major Mujtaba who is determined to counter the preemptive.

On the other hand, the RAW agents Ramal (Shamoon Abbasi) and Laxmi (Meesha Shafi) are the primary cause of most trouble in Pakistan. As per unfolding of the film, they are behind political murders, suicide bombings and even kidnapping. There is another RAW agent who works as a social worker by day and honey-traps willing politicians by nights. Accordingly a special task force of the police is trying to tackle terrorism in the tribal areas but there comes a time when they realize that country is about to be hit by a terrorist attack and none but the retired Major Ehtesham can lead such a complicated operation.






  1. Waar Was released on October 16, 2013, other released Details: 
      • The theatrical trailer of Waar was launched in January 2012, followed with detail in January 2013. Announcement of the release of the film kept on changing one after the other, initially it was scheduled to release on 6 September 2013.
      • The film premiered on 10 October at Karachi and on 14 October 2013 at Islamabad
      • The film was given adults-only rating by the Sindh’s provincial censor board for use of obscene language and violence
      • Waar was released in about forty five theaters across the country
      • The film was distributed by ARY Films and Mandviwalla Entertainment, earlier it was reported that the film would be distributed by Warner Bros.
      • The film is reported to be released in twenty five countries and is all set to be released in the UK . including India.
      • Waar released on UAE cinemas on December 12, where the movie actors graced the red carpet at the Grand Cinema, Wafi City.
      • Waar released in cinemas across UK on January 17, 2014.
  2. Waar is an artificial projection of real time happening of war on terror in Pakistan.
  3. The film’s title “Waar” means Strike, attack in Urdu language.
  4. Film is primarily an English language film with some dialogues in Urdu. According to the producer Hassan Waqas Rana they considered dubbing the movie in Urdu but dropped the idea as it compromised the lead role played by Shan.
  5. The sequence of the film has almost four hundred visual effects, therefore, it took three years to complete.
  6. Initially, Tom Delmar who has worked as stunt director in a number of Hollywood movies was earmarked as direct the film, later Lashari was chosen as the director who was already working with Rana on another project. Waar is Bilal Lashari’s debut as a director, who earlier has directed music videos and assisted Shoaib Mansoor in Khuda Kay Liye.
  7. Ali Azmat and Meesha Shafi both of whom are known for singing are making their acting debut in the film.
  8. Originally Ali Azmat‘s and Ayesha Khan’s roles were limited to guest appearance that were later expanded to full roles.
  9. Hamza Ali Abbasi who joined the film crew as assistant director on the film was casted as an actor.
  10. Filming of Waar was completed at Lahore, Islamabad, Swat Valley, some scenes were also reportedly shot in Istanbul.
  11. The film is produced by Mind Works Media. Earlier it was reported that the film was shot in collaboration with the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan Army but the director Bilal Lashari denied any such collaboration saying that the confusion might have arisen as Mind Works Media worked on a documentary film The Glorious Resolve along with ISPR at the same time when Waar was being filmed.
  12. The film is reported to be the highest budgeted film of Pakistani film industry with a budget of about Rs. 170 million.
  13. Waar opened on the first day of Eid al-Adha on 42 screens, the widest release ever, across Pakistan with 100% occupancy and it broke records with capacity audiences. It earned ₨1.14 crore in its first day breaking the previous records.





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