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Karan Adukia
"The prime reason that War’s wholehearted commitment to irreverence feels rewarding despite its several flaws is single handedly due to Hrithik Roshan. As Kabir, Roshan plays an elevated, broodier version of Aryan in Dhoom 2, turning in an enjoyably hammy performance that .. moreisn’t too self-conscious of his reputation. In scene after scene, he does so much while doing so little: there’s a slight glare here, a sly smirk there, seamlessly synthesised with a body language that ekes out confidence in cockiness.

In his hands, Kabir becomes a physical embodiment of swag, as if he is a gust of wind on a warm sunny day – a rewarding evidence of Roshan’s potential as an action hero. In more ways than one, War then, feels like a reinvention of Hrithik Roshan as we knew him. Not only does the actor benefit from playing a character closer to his age, but he also seems to be genuinely invested in essaying someone who is divorced from serving romantic sub-plots or dramatic outbursts."
- Poulomi Das' review on Arre
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"Two drop dead good looking, extremely fit stars, who don’t need to put any act when it comes to action, pulling some crazy stunts with the same ease as their fancy footwork on the dance floor. Yes, it’s Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff who get set for a face off in the .. morehigh octane, WAR."
-Puja Talwar for Good Times.
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"Its promises are compelling action, a nonsense plot, and a league of twists trying to topple each other. People keep jetsetting from one place to another – Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Kerala. All this with Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s lithe bodies, shape-shifting an.. mored contorting for all sorts of fan service – dancing, fighting or, simply, walking."
-Aditya Shrikrishna on Silverscreen
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"Other than a heavily-sexualised Hrithik Roshan, who oozes rugged magnetism and shows remarkable restraint and grace even in blood-splitting fistfights, War is made immensely watchable by Ben Jasper’s camerawork that embeds the film’s breathtaking visuals ― Malta, Ital.. morey, Portugal, Marrakech, Kerala, Arctic ― with a soulful, almost poetic gaze.

Jasper’s cinematography constantly surprises: a complex airplane fight sequence, quite unlike anything seen in an Indian film, is shot with meticulous precision whereas aerial shots of a jaw-dropping bike-chase, where Roshan and Shroff competitively cruise across the Mediterranean coast, evoke the kind of pulsating thrills associated with intimate participation than mere spectatorship. Here’s a film whose action isn’t random or silly but painstakingly designed to perfection with its two leads carrying appropriate gravitas and physical bravura to make its universe believable as well as accessible."

Ankur Pathak's review for Huffington Post.
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"WAR – which, in a way, reverses the formula of the quintessential Bond-wannabe RAW agent saga – updates the Dhoom template by weaponizing the hero-villain duality and turning it into a purist chase-action orgy. It’s uncomplicated and bareboned, with kinetic energy tru.. moremping intellectual energy. The film opens with rogue agent Kabir assassinating an Indian army boss, before the chief puts patriotic soldier Khalid in charge of the Kabir-killing mission. The first half moves into a flashback to establish the reason we should feel Khalid’s conflict in hunting down his legendary ex-boss. Of course the two men tease and resort to the usual catch-me-if-you-can dialogue porn, but there’s something inherently charming about the way Roshan delivers his one-step-ahead-of-you smirks. The second half has a series of goofy but strangely witty twists that somewhat compliment the breath-taking escapism of the action sequences in between. For once, I stopped obsessing about how these agents get their visas and gave into the ride."

Rahul Desai writes for Film Companion
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"War is a battle won by beauty – specifically Hrithik Roshan’s beauty. As special agent Kabir, the actor is back to putting his dazzling good looks and suave style into service the way he did in his debut film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai and Dhoom 2. Director Siddharth Anand a.. morend this film are as mesmerized by him as we are. So in one scene, Hrithik just walks out of a helicopter – he doesn’t even run like Shah Rukh Khan did in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. But everyone including the Colonel Kabir reports to, is transfixed. Kabir’s sideburns are grey, his face is lined and lacerated. But this only adds to his weathered gorgeousness. Later in the film, when a girl offers to run away with Kabir, his junior Khalid says, ‘Get in line’."

Anupama Chopra writes on Film Companion.
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"War had us at the casting stage. The movie is an action-heavy take on the two-hero Hindi film formula. The story, by director Siddharth Anand and producer Aditya Chopra, the screenplay, by Anand and Sridhar Raghavan, and dialogue, by Abbas Tyrewala, refuse to entertain anyt.. morehing that distracts from the prospect of watching Roshan and Shroff compete for attention. The film is evenly balanced between the actors, with several scenes showcasing their individual fitness levels, ability to command the camera, and terpsichorean talent."

Nandini Ramnath's review on Scroll
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"Coming to the performances, I cannot imagine any one apart from Hrithik Roshan playing the role of Kabir. The actor breathes the character as it was tailor made for him. He is well supported by Tiger Shroff who is equally brilliant as Khalid. The actor not only emotes well .. morewith his expression but is fantabulous with his hand combats and action stunts. Vaani Kapoor is wasted in small role while Ashutosh Rana is good. The actress who played the role of Aditi was fine.

Overall, if you are in need for some kick-ass action film, WAR is the right dose for you. Go for it 4/5"

Ketan Gupta's review on Pop Diaries.
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"As for Hrithik himself, is he the most handsome looking man in Bollywood? Please don't wage a war over this and no harm if you write in your choice (Read: reply) to us, but it's time yet again to stand up to this man who adds a barrel of talent to make War what it is."

V.. moreickey Lalwani's 4 star review on Spotboye.
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Thanks FilmyNerd. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

Hrithik in War and return of the real superstar

I still very clearly remember year 2006. When Hrithik had two massive hits in Krrish and Dhoom 2, which put him clearly on to.. morep in a year when Shah Rukh Khan had Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Don, and Aamir Khan had Rang De Basanti and Fanaa. The year was full of huge hits and in the top was my favorite superstar - Hrithik Roshan.

Since then it's been 13 years and Hrithik hasn't had a top grosser in the year in his last 10 films as the lead. While these films have had a mixed response, Hrithik's talent was never doubted and in quite a few he was the only saving grace in these films. However things have definitely changed since 2006 in terms of response to his films.

The problem hasn't just been that his films were not being accepted by the audience like before, but they lacked the promise and didn't do enough justice to the brilliance of Hrithik Roshan.

This year we have already had Super 30, where Hrithik put up a brilliant show as an actor, where even his critics who were ready to castigate him for playing an earthen Bihari man were silenced by his strong moving performance. The film also managed to do really well through word of mouth, despite an average opening weekend.

It is therefore when War's trailer was released coupled with success of Super 30, that I begin dreaming of the return of 2006. Hrithik is now 45 but is still unmatchable in talent, energy and screen presence. War has the potential to make the most of Hrithik's superb screen presence and become a huge blockbuster, something which Hrithik deserves way more than others. I do not want to be unrealistically optimistic but going by the reaction to Hrithik's presence in War's trailer and the anticipation for the film, I am not afraid to dream of the true return of the real superstar.

This seems to be done by a true Hrithik fan. Just brilliant!!

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