War (2019 film)

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War official poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiddharth Anand
Written bySiddharth Anand
Aditya Chopra
Abbas Tyrewala (Dialogues)
Shridhar Raghavan (Screenplay)
Screenplay byShridhar Raghavan
Story byAditya Chopra
Siddharth Anand
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringHrithik Roshan
Tiger Shroff
CinematographyBenjamin Jasper
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Music by
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 2 October 2019 (2019-10-02)
Running time
153 minutes[1]
Budget1.70 billion (US$23 million)[2]
Box office4.75 billion (US$63 million)[3]

War is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films.[4] The film stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in the lead roles while Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Anupriya Goenka and Soni Razdan play supporting roles. It is the third installment in the YRF Spy Universe. The film was initially titled Fighters before the name was changed to War when the official teaser trailer for the film was released on 15 July 2019. The film follows an Indian soldier assigned to eliminate his former mentor who has gone rogue.[2]

Made on a budget of 1.70 billion (US$23 million), War opened worldwide in conventional, 4DX and MX4D cinemas on 2 October 2019 on Gandhi Jayanti 5-day extended weekend.[5] Released simultaneously with its Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions, it mostly received positive reviews from critics and audience with praise for Roshan and Shroff's performances, visual effects, action sequences and the song "Jai Jai Shivshankar", although criticism was aimed mostly at the writing and lack of originality.[6] War established record for the highest-opening day collection made by a Bollywood film in India with over 530 million (US$7.0 million).[7] With a worldwide gross box office collection of 4.75 billion (US$63 million), the film emerged as a huge box office success, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019 and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.[8]


A mysterious sniper is contacted by an aged secret agent, V. K. Naidu, based in New Delhi to kill a target, Farid Haqqani, from a distance. However, the sniper instead shoots Naidu and escapes. He is revealed to be former RAW agent Kabir Dhaliwal, considered one of the agency's best who has now gone rogue.

Shortly after, Kabir's former boss and RAW joint secretary, Col. Sunil Luthra, relays Kabir's betrayal to Defence Minister Sherna Patel, who calls for the agency to summon Khalid Rahmani, another RAW agent who was previously mentored by Kabir and is in full awe of the former mentor. Khalid is now assigned to eliminate Kabir and accepts the mission in order to protect the country's safety and to learn the actual reason why Kabir has gone rogue. A flashback shows Khalid's introduction to Kabir, who questions Sunil about Khalid's loyalty to the nation arguing that Khalid's father was a traitor to both the nation and to Kabir himself when he shot him. Khalid, who regards Kabir as his major inspiration, insists that he will serve his country, no matter what, and regain his family's honor.

After a successful mission in Tikrit, Iraq, Kabir takes Khalid to account after noticing that he has a blind spot in his right peripheral vision while aiming a weapon and orders him to leave his team for others' safety. Khalid explains that his father's reputation led to himself being injured in the right eye by school bullies when he was young and caused him the impairment. Kabir, however, accepts Khalid after seeing the love he expresses for his mother Nafeesa, his country, and seeing how he has proven his worth. Kabir inducts Khalid into his special forces team which consists of fellow field agents Saurabh, Prateek, Muthu, and Aditi. Kabir plans his next mission which is targeted at underworld don and terrorist leader, Rizwan Illiyasi. The team capture Illiyasi, but he reveals to Kabir that there is a mole in his team who is fully loyal to his terrorist cause. Killing Prateek and Muthu, Saurabh reveals himself as the mole; blinded by greed, he had accepted Illiyasi's offer of nearly $100 million to betray his country. An enraged Khalid chases after Saurabh, leaving Kabir to deal with Illiyasi alone. Kabir, who nearly succeeds in recapturing Illiyasi, is shot unconscious by Illiyasi's men. He wakes up in hospital a week later to find a severely injured Khalid, also recovering, who tells Kabir that he has killed Saurabh.

In the present, Khalid is nearly taken off the mission when an army officer, Lt Col. Jimmy Shroff, is murdered by Kabir. Khalid manages to find Kabir and learns that his next target is Dr. Utpal Biswas. Kabir is seen doting on a young girl named Ruhi. Kabir remembers about Ruhi's mother, Naina Verma, whom he had try to make a civilian asset. A flashback shows how Kabir started his relationship with Naina. Later, on learning the truth, she becomes mistrustful and hesitant to help Kabir but agrees for her daughter's sake. She is sent to spy on Illiyasi's associate, Firoze Contractor. Kabir, who has been in touch with Aditi, learns from her that among Illiyasi's many contacts is a plastic surgeon, Dr. Mallika Singhal. Realizing that Firoze is actually Illiyasi, Kabir rushes to Naina's aid but is too late to save her life. Illiyasi once again escapes after throwing Naina down from his flying helicopter, leaving Kabir shattered.

In the present, Khalid is unable to prevent Biswas from being killed by Kabir. Infuriated, he gives chase to Kabir, who escapes again. After Khalid tries to convince Sunil to give him one final chance, he is fired on a doubt that he might have joined Kabir secretly. Khalid traces Kabir through Ruhi and finds out that Kabir is actually targeting associates of Illiyasi, referred to as "Rook", "Knight", "Bishop" and an unknown "Pawn", and is on an undercover mission to recover a drive with a secret code that Illiyasi needs. Meanwhile, at Kabir's hideout, both of them are attacked. They fight off the attackers and make it to Aditi's wedding in Kerala, whereupon they recover the drive with the secret code that Illiyasi needs. However, after Kabir hands over the drive to him, Khalid poisons him with TTX while sharing a drink with Kabir on his boat.

A flashback to the chase between Khalid and Saurabh reveals Khalid being shot dead by Illiyasi, following which Saurabh undergoes plastic surgery to disguise himself as Khalid, just like how Illiyasi had transformed into Firoze Contractor. On the boat, Saurabh reveals himself as the "Pawn" as he throws a poisoned and helpless Kabir into the river.

Saurabh returns to Illiyasi, who bases himself on a heavily armed icebreaker ship. Kabir, who was assumed dead by Saurabh, parachutes aboard, single-handedly assaults the ship and eliminates Illiyasi's army. He then confronts Saurabh, revealing that he had known that the latter was not Khalid, having seen him aim and shoot perfectly with his right side in a way which Khalid couldn't due to his impaired vision, and also for his choice to drink alcohol, which was considered forbidden by Khalid due to his religious beliefs. Hence, he had also acquired the antidote for the poison in his drink and put Aditi to spy on him. Deciding Illiyasi has become expendable, Saurabh shoots him dead in the confrontation and escapes. Kabir gives chase to Saurabh and overpowers him. After an intense and bloody fight in a derelict church, the church's dome collapses on Saurabh, crushing his face and killing him.

The intelligence agency honours Khalid posthumously for his sacrifice as he laid down his life in order to save his nation and team with his mother Nafeesa receiving an award from the Prime Minister on behalf. Kabir, who is still believed by the agency to be a traitor, spends time with Ruhi and feels proud of seeing Khalid and his mother getting the respect they actually deserved and continues with his next undercover mission after a brief conversation with Sunil, thus hinting at a sequel.


  • Hrithik Roshan as Maj. Kabir Dhaliwal
  • Tiger Shroff as Capt. Khalid Rahmani / Saurabh (After plastic surgery)
  • Ashutosh Rana as Col. Sunil Luthra, Kabir's boss
  • Vaani Kapoor as Naina Verma, Ruhi's mother
  • Anupriya Goenka as Aditi Nahta
  • Dipannita Sharma as Dr. Mallika Singhal
  • Soni Razdan as Nafeesa Rahmani, Khalid's mother
  • Arif Zakaria as Dr. Utpal Biswas
  • Mohit Chauhan as V.K. Naidu
  • Swaroopa Ghosh as Sherna Patel, Defence Minister
  • Yash Raaj Singh as Saurabh, Illiyasi's mole in Kabir's team (Before Plastic Surgery)
  • Sanjeev Vatsa as Rizwan Illiyasi
  • Dishita Sehgal as Ruhi Verma, Naina's daughter
  • Imran Ahamed as Saini
  • Jessey Lever as Muthu
  • Mashhoor Amrohi as Firoze Contractor / Rizwan Illiyasi
  • Amit Gaur as Lt Col. Jimmy Shroff
  • Ravi Awana as Basheer Hassib, Illiyasi's ally



On Yash Chopra’s birth anniversary, Yash Raj Films announced a new action film starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.[9] Vaani Kapoor was finalised to play the female lead.[10][11] Two international action choreographers from Hollywood and Korea were employed to design action sequences.[12]

The climax scene of the film was shot actually on the Arctic Circle, becoming the first-ever Indian film to do so. Siddharth the director stated, "We want to push the benchmark of action movies that are made in our country. So, we are bringing two of the biggest action choreographers together to design some of the most outlandish and visually-spectacular sequences. On one hand, we have Andy R Armstrong from Hollywood and on the other, we have Mr SeaYoung Oh, who is an outstanding martial arts action choreographer from South Korea."[12]


Principal photography began in the second week of September 2018.[13] The film also has a dance off between the two stars in the song "Jai Jai Shivshankar".[14] The film schedule was wrapped up in the beginning of March 2019.[15] The film has been shot in multiple exotic locations at Delhi, Uttrakhand, Kerala, Portugal, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Georgia. The bike chase sequence between the two stars was filmed in Portugal. The car chase sequence which is the climax of the film was shot at the Arctic Circle.


Soundtrack album by
Released30 September 2019[16]
StudioVishal and Shekhar Studio
YRF Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelYRF Music
ProducerAditya Chopra
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Khaali Peeli
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Vishal–Shekhar, with lyrics written by Kumaar. All themes are composed by Sanchit Balhara.

Track listing
1."Ghungroo"Arijit Singh, Shilpa Rao5:02
2."Jai Jai Shivshankar"Vishal Dadlani, Benny Dayal3:50
3."War Theme"Instrumental2:00
4."Kabir's Theme"Instrumental1:39
5."Khalid's Theme" (Instrumental)Vishal Dadlani1:53
Total length:14:24


The film was released on 2 October 2019, coinciding with the Gandhi Jayanti.[17]


Critical response[edit]

War received generally positive reviews from critics; on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 72% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[18]

Among positive reviews, Anupama Chopra said "War is a popcorn entertainer and you can’t ask too many questions but if you’re willing to suspend disbelief, the twists and turns exert a solid grip."[19] A writer for Bollywood Hungama gave the film four stars out of five, and said "War is an action entertainer which has style as well as enough twists and turns to keep the viewers engrossed. At the box office, the extended weekend, dazzling action, stunning international locales and stylish execution will ensure mammoth footfalls for the film".[20] Republic World gave the film four and a half stars out of five, writing, "Epic action spectacle, rides on a watertight script, world-class action, fast-paced and thrilling screenplay. Hrithik Roshan's performance is iconic, Tiger Shroff delivers his career's best act. Siddharth's vision and direction is superlative".[21] Taran Adarsh gave it four stars out of five and called the film "[e]scapist cinema at its best".[22] Komal Nahta of Film Information opined, "The film could prove to be the starting of a new franchise for the Yash Raj Films banner".[23] Writing for India TV, Sonal gave the film three and a half stars out of five, writing, "Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff of Abbas Mustan kinda twists, turns, characters, situations, logic, gravity, physics, chemistry, and some Ekta Kapoor-esque tricks all tossed together to make a visually spectacular concoction".[24] Rajeev Masand of News18 gave the film two and a half out of five stars and said, "Both Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff fully commit to the action, bringing swag to the big stylish sequences and a visceral energy to the one-on-one punch-ups in the movie."[25]

Among the reviewers who granted the film mixed reviews, The Times of India rated it three stars out of five and felt the film had "lot of style, stunts and show, but lacking a solid storyline".[26] India Today rated it two and a half stars out of five and wrote, "War is a crowd-puller, but it isn't meant to further the cause of cinema".[27] Daily News and Analysis gave three stars out of five and wrote, "War seems more like a Hrithik Roshan and YRF come back than anything else".[28] Writing for The Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta granted the film two stars out of five, stating, "The chief trouble with War is that all the space is divvied up between Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, that the poor baddies don't really get a chance".[29] Writing for Firstpost, Anna M. M. Vetticad gave two stars out of five, opining that the film "could have been a suspenseful, eyecatching, entertaining ride. But for its politics... [it] is a painfully condescending ode to Muslim loyalty to our vatan, an ode that is particularly cynical and offensive".[30] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film one and a half stars out of five and stated, "Powered by two loose-limbed and resolutely stone-faced male leads, Hrithik and Tiger, War is all style and no substance".[31]

Box office[edit]

War opened with collection of 53.35 crore on its first day. It is the highest opening day collection for Bollywood films.[8] On the second day it collected 24.35 crore, On the third day it collected 22.45 crore, taking its total collection to 100.15 crore.[32] War has already created six new records as the film reaches to 100 crore mark at the box-office.[33] The film entered the 100 Crore Club in three days of its release.[34] The extended opening weekend collection of the film at 166.25 crore is the highest opening weekend collection for any 2019 Bollywood film.[35] The film by crossing 200 crore in its opening week has become the fastest Bollywood film of 2019 to achieve the feat.[36]

As of 28 November 2019, with gross of 378.46 crore from India and 97.04 crore from overseas, the film has grossed 475.5 crore worldwide,[37] and has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[34][38]


Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards 15 February 2020 Best Film War Nominated [39]
Best Director Siddharth Anand Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao ("Ghunghroo") Won
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar ("Jai Jai Shiv Shankar") Nominated
Bosco–Caesar & Tushar Kalia ("Ghunghroo") Nominated
Best Action Paul Jennings
Oh Sea Young
Parvez Shaikh
Franz Spilhaus
Best Special Effects Sherry Bharda
Vishal Anand For YFX
International Indian Film Academy Awards 27–29 November 2020 Best Music Director Vishal–Shekhar Pending [43]
Best Male Playback Singer Arijit Singh ("Ghunghroo") Pending
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao ("Ghunghroo") Pending
Sound Mixing Anuj Mathur – YRF Studios
Pritam Das
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar & Tushar Kalia ("Ghunghroo") Won
Best Special Effects YFX (YRF Studios) Won
Mirchi Music Awards 19 February 2020 Song of The Year "Ghungroo" Nominated [45]
Female Vocalist of The Year Shilpa Rao ("Ghunghroo") Nominated
Song Engineer – Recording & Mixing Abhay Rumde & Vijay Dayal ("Ghunghroo") Nominated
Screen Awards 8 December 2019 Best Film War Nominated [46]
Best Director Siddharth Anand Nominated
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Vaani Kapoor Nominated
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar
Tushar Kalia ("Ghunghroo")
Best Action Paul Jennings
Oh Sea Young
Parvez Shaikh
Franz Spilhaus
Best Editing Aarif Sheikh Won
Zee Cine Awards 13 March 2020 Best Action Paul Jennings
Oh Sea Young
Parvez Shaikh
Franz Spilhaus
Won [47]
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar ("Jai Jai Shiv Shankar") Won
Best Special Effects YFX (YRF Studios) Won


At a launch party for War, Anand confirmed that he was working on the script of its sequel War 2 and had plans to convert the film into a franchise, depending on the audience response to the film; War 2 is expected to have a theatrical release in 2023.[48] YRF is developing a Spy Universe which consists of Salman Khan as Tiger, Hrithik Roshan as Kabir, and Shah Rukh Khan as Pathan.[49] On 2 March 2021, Tiger Shroff confirmed his return in War 2 and YRF has begun working on it.


  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in Alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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