War (2019 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiddharth Anand
Written byAditya Chopra (story)
Siddharth Anand
Shridhar Raghavan
Abbas Tyrewala (Dialogues)
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringHrithik Roshan
Tiger Shroff
Vaani Kapoor
Ashutosh Rana
CinematographyBenjamin Jasper
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Music by
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 2 October 2019 (2019-10-02) (India)
Running time
154 minutes[1][2]
Budget₹170 crore[3]
Box office₹475 crore[4]

War is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action-thriller film directed by Siddharth Anand and written by Anand, Aditya Chopra, Shridhar Raghavan and Abbas Tyrewala. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film is the third installment in the YRF Spy Universe. It stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in lead roles with Vaani Kapoor and Ashutosh Rana playing supporting roles.[5] In the film, Khalid Rahmani (Shroff), an Indian soldier who works for RAW, is assigned to eliminate his former mentor Kabir Dhaliwal (Roshan), who has gone rogue.[6]

Principal photography commenced in September 2018 and wrapped up in March 2019. The film was initially Tentatively titled Fighters, but later on 15 July 2019, when its teaser was unveiled, the official name was announced as War. The film score and soundtrack album was scored by Vishal–Shekhar. War was released in theatres worldwide on 2 October 2019, coinciding to Gandhi Jayanti, with dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu.[7]

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and audience alike, with particular praise for Shroff's and Roshan's performance, Anand's direction, action sequences, visual effects and film score.[8] It broke all opening day and weekend box-office records for a Hindi film, with blockbuster collections, up until it was surpassed by the universe's and Anand's next film Pathaan (2023). War eventually emerged as a major financial success with a total gross of 475 crore (US$59 million), becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of 2019 and the 16th highest-grossing Indian film of all time.[9]


Major Kabir Dhaliwal kills V.K. Naidu, a veteran RAW agent, in New Delhi instead of his assignment to kill Iraqi terrorist Farid Haqqani. The agency, led by Defence Minister Sherna Patel and Colonel Sunil Luthra, summon Captain Khalid Rahmani, who was Kabir's protégé, to capture him.

It is revealed that Khalid's father, Major Abdul Rahmani, betrayed the army in a previous mission, leaving Kabir with two gunshot wounds; Kabir then killed Abdul after his partner didn’t survive. Reluctant to work with Khalid, Kabir eventually allows him to join his squad, consisting of RAW agents Saurabh, Prateek, Muthu, and Aditi, on a successful mission in Tikrit to kill a cell of Haqqani's associates. The group succeeds in arresting terrorist Basheer Hassib, causing their main target Rizwan Ilyasi, a terrorist-cum-businessman, to come out of hiding. The squad reunite to target Ilyasi in Marrakesh but as they capture him, he tells Kabir that he planted a mole in his team. Killing Prateek and Muthu, Saurabh reveals himself as the mole; after a rooftop chase, a shootout ensues, knocking Kabir out. He wakes at the hospital and meets a severely injured Khalid, who tells him that he killed Saurabh.

Khalid is nearly taken off the mission to capture Kabir when Jimmy Shroff, a Lieutenant colonel, is murdered by Kabir. Kabir then organizes a public meeting with Khalid on the train, informing him that his next target is Dr. Utpal Biswas. Later in Lisbon, Khalid is unable to prevent Biswas from being killed by Kabir. After the incident, Khalid is suspended by RAW. Khalid tracks Kabir down through a previous case; he learns Kabir is on a covert mission to find a government hard drive with secret codes, and is targeting Ilyasi’s known associates. He also learns Kabir faked a relationship with Naina Sahni, a dancer, to get her to spy on Firoze Contractor, one of Iliyasi's previous associates. Naina was ultimately murdered by Firoze, who Kabir deduces is actually Ilyasi following plastic surgery by Dr. Mallika Singhal.

Kabir and Khalid agree to work together but Kabir's hideout is attacked; they escape and reach Kerala, to Aditi's wedding, and recover a hard drive with the secret codes. Kabir hands the drive to Khalid, who poisons Kabir with TTX on a boat. It is revealed that Khalid was ultimately shot dead by Ilyasi in Tikrit, with Saurabh undergoing plastic surgery by Dr. Mallika Singhal to disguise himself as Khalid. Saurabh throws Kabir into a river and returns to Ilyasi, who is based on a heavily armed icebreaker ship.

Kabir then parachutes aboard, eliminating Ilyasi’s militia. Kabir tells Saurabh he knew that he was not Khalid, having seen him shoot perfectly from his right side and drink alcohol (Khalid lacked peripheral vision in his right eye and refused to drink alcohol due to religious beliefs) and that he acquired the TTX antidote from Aditi and inserted a tracker in the drive handed over to Saurabh. Saurabh shoots Ilyasi and escapes the ship to a derelict church, where Kabir kills him by collapsing the church's dome.

Khalid is posthumously honoured for his bravery and sacrifice; his mother, Nafeesa, receives an award from the Prime Minister on his behalf. Kabir, who is still officially designated a traitor by both the army and the RAW agency, now takes care of Ruhi, Naina's daughter. After having a phone call with Luthra, Kabir agrees to a covert mission to kill Haqqani, which will be discovered very soon. Later, Kabir and Ruhi surf together at Bondi Beach in Sydney.




On Yash Chopra's birth anniversary, Yash Raj Films announced a new action film starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.[10] Vaani Kapoor was finalised to play the female lead.[11][12] Two international action choreographers from Hollywood and Korea were employed to design action sequences.[13]

The climax scene of the film was shot on the Arctic Circle, becoming the first-ever Indian film to do so.[citation needed] Siddharth Anand, the director of the film 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."[13]


Principal photography began in the second week of September 2018.[14] The film also has a dance off between the two stars in the song "Jai Jai Shivshankar".[15] The film schedule was wrapped up in the beginning of March 2019.[16] The film has been shot in multiple exotic locations at Delhi, Uttarakhand, 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[17]
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 and Ankit 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.[18]


Box office[edit]

War opened with collection of 53.35 crore on its first day. It is the highest opening day collection for Hindi film.[9] 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.[19] War has already created six new records as the film reaches to 100 crore mark at the box-office.[20] The film entered the 100 Crore Club in three days of its release.[21] The extended opening weekend collection of the film at 166.25 crore is the highest opening weekend collection for any 2019 Bollywood film.[22] The film by crossing 200 crore in its opening week has become the fastest Bollywood film of 2019 to achieve the feat.[23]

As of now, with gross of 378.46 crore from India and 97.04 crore from overseas, the film has grossed 475.50 crore worldwide,[24] and has become the highest-grossing Indian film of 2019.[21][25]

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.[26]

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."[27] 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".[28] Taran Adarsh gave it four stars out of five and called the film "[e]scapist cinema at its best".[29] Komal Nahta of Film Information opined, "The film could prove to be the starting of a new franchise for the Yash Raj Films banner".[30] 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".[31] 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."[32]

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".[33] 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".[34] 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".[35] 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".[36] 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".[37] 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".[38]


Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards 15 February 2020 Best Film Aditya Chopra 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 and had plans to convert the film into a franchise, depending on the audience response to the film.[48]


  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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