|Directed by||Hassan Rana|
|Produced by||Hassan Rana|
|Written by||Hassan Rana|
|Screenplay by||[Iman Ali]|
|Based on||Operation Rah-e-Rast|
|Music by||Syed Ali Hafeez|
|Distributed by||Hum Films |
|Budget||₨ 20 crore|
|Box office||₨ 20 crore|
Yalghaar (English: "Assault" or "Attack"; previously known as Delta Echo Foxtrot) is a 2017 Pakistani war-epic film directed by Hassan Rana. The film is produced by MindWorks Media and is based on the true story of Pakistan Army's Swat Operation.
The film "explores what happens in the lives of those involved, including the militants and how all of them are affected at a personal level because of the ongoing operation". It stars Shaan Shahid in the lead role, along with Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, Armeena Khan, Aleeze Nasser, Ayesha Omer, Sana Bucha, Bilal Ashraf. It is the most expensive Pakistani movie to date. Apart from budget and extensive cast, the film features 150 written characters. On 19 December 2014, Hassan Waqas Rana revealed that this film is a tribute to slain children of the 2014 Peshawar school attack.
Based on a true story, over 76 hours of a successful military operation conducted in the Piochar region of Swat district, Yalghaar goes up close to follow the lives of the young, passionate officers and soldiers whose patriotism is throbbing with every heartbeat for their country (Pakistan).
- Shaan Shahid as Colonel Asad in Special Services Group of Pakistan Army
- Humayun Saeed as Torjan - A Militant leader of the local area who has established himself as an Ameer of the area
- Adnan Siddiqui as Lt Col. Imran
- Bilal Ashraf as Capt. Bilal (SSG)
- Ahmad Taha Ghani as Capt. Asif - Combat Group Pilot Pakistan Army
- Wali Yousaf as Capt. Abdullah - Combat Group Pilot Pakistan Army
- Ali Rehman Khan as Capt. Ali - A technical expert who conducts location from army headquarter
- Ali Sohail as Capt. Asif - A technical expert who conducts location from army headquarter
- Sana Bucha as Sadia - A Reporter, and love interest of Col. Asad
- Aleeze Nasser as Fareeha - Wife of Lt Col. Imran
- Armeena Khan as Jero
- Uzma Khan as Capt. Samia - A Military Doctor
- Ayesha Omer as Zarmina
- Gohar Rasheed as Baran
- Syed Irfan Gilani as DG MI Sohail - Military Intelligence Director General.
- Hassan Rana as Maj. General Hassan
- Ashir Azeem Gill as Maj. General Ahmed
- Talib Rizvi as Maj. General Taimur
- Ayub Khosa as Colonel Jogezai
- Sikander Rizvi as Azhar
- Zarrar Azeem as Capt. Zarrar
- Umair Jaswal as Capt. Umair (cameo appearance)
Soon after the release of Waar back in 2013, Hassan Rana signed two more films with ARY Films sequel of Waar known as Waar 2 and Delta Echo Foxtrot later known as Yalghaar. ISPR was approached in order to get more insight of the facts and figures of the Swat Operation. Hassan Rana wanted to know how it feels to be a soldier who is fighting on the front lines of war.
The movie went into production after about 3 years of extensive research. Apart from using a vast number of choppers and heavy ammunition, an artificial tunnel was dug in Karachi to replicate one found in North Waziristan.
In preparation for their roles, all actors spent time with their real-life alter egos. Humayun Saeed, who plays the role of a militant, spent days with captured militants in order to prepare for his role.
Yalghaar was officially released on 25 June 2017 for the Eid al-Fitr holiday on 112 screens across Pakistan. It was also released in 22 countries at the same time including United States, UK, UAE, etc.
The film has collected 1.75 crores on day 1 of the Eid, 2.40 crore on day 2 of the Eid, 2.20 crore on day 3 of the Eid. Making a grand total of 6.35 crore as Eid collection. It emerged victorious against other releases of the Eid. These figures are confirmed by movie marketing agents.
On day 4 of its release, it racked in 1.40 crore, which is the record collection of any movie on Thursday in Pakistan. On first weekend of its release, it collected 1.30 crore, 1.50 crore and 1.35 crore respectively on Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking its total collection to 11.9 crore. Nasar Khan, PR & Publications associate manager at HUM Network, local distributors of Yalghaar, confirmed the numbers "These numbers are accurate". According to Dunya News the film collected 20 crores worldwide.
Rafay Mahmood of The Express Tribune said that the film had its "heart in the right place", depicting "what an average soldier goes through in order to serve his country while taking care of his friends, love life and family" while "engaged on two different fronts with two different kinds of enemies — external and internal." However, he criticized the film's loose plot, describing it as an "omelette", as well as forced English dialogues, and the director's romanticism of the "posh side of the army lifestyle". He noted that if done right, the film "had the potential to wake up the sleeping giant that the Eid box-office can be."
Areebah Shahid writing for Bolo Jawan gave the film 3 stars, appreciating the cinematography and war sequences but criticizing the script and editing.
Momin Ali Munshi of Galaxy Lollywood described the film's starting action scenes as "wonderfully executed" and having "definitely set the right motion for the film", in addition to praising its background score; however, he noted that the introduction of multiple characters weakened the sequence of the plot, which made it a "star-studded hot mess".
Faraz Talat of Dawn praised the acting of Adnan Siddiqui, Sana Bucha and Ayub Khoso, but said the movie suffered from an incoherent storyline, in addition to weaknesses in choreography, dialogues, production, and certain aspects of character development. While noting Yalghaar's expensive production value, he concluded that the "film industry needs more than just patriotism; it needs a will to explore new artistic territory."
Sana Gilani of Daily Pakistan called Yalghaar "one of the most promising movies of [the] year" and viewed all characters positively, save for the female extras and the antagonist role played by Humayun Saeed, which she described as "aloof". According to Gilani, critics appeared to miss the fact that the movie relayed true events, which made the storyline and narrative obvious.
Omair Alavi of Brandsynario commended Yalghaar as a "better option" for those wanting to watch a Pakistani film, and approved its action sequences, patriotic and emotion-laced appeal, war theme, as well as its cast which featured renowned and upcoming stars. However, he noted there were certain technical glitches, ordinarily executed scenes, and misplaced dialogues.
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