Predictable and Not Pretty.
Released with the tag of being the most anticipated film in recent years, the star-studded Yalghar has already stolen the show on a number of fronts. Even many months before its release, the film was trumpeted as the most expensive film ever produced so far in the history of Pakistani cinema.
The film is based on a true story that revolves around a military operation, which was carried out against militants in the terrorist-stricken Swat region. Since the happens to be the sequel of the 2013 blockbuster Waar, Yalghar inherits an already prepared ground to become a huge success, at least in financial terms.
And, what's more, those behind the production did not risk coming up with a totally new storyline and purposely avoided bringing in any out-of-this-world artistic creativity in the name of filmmaking. As expected, the film emerges as a well-calculated, cautiously measured, tried and tested creation that makes the most of one's patriotic sentiments for the country, whetting the audience's appetite by displaying some jingoistic content brimming with bloodshed, terror, military advances and the decisive launch of 'Operation Cleanup' to bring a logical end to the film epic, not to exclude a romance miserably filled in to make the film look like an all-inclusive production.
Directed by Hassan Rana, Yalghar stars the creme de la creme of the few available talent the Pakistani film industry has been surviving on. Starring Shaan Shahid, Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, Ayesha Omer, Ayub Khoso, Ashir Azeem, Bilal Ashraf, etc., the film's cast shows the sorry state of the film industry being anchored by those who have the least background and experience appropriate to the task of restoring Pakistani cinema to its former glory, if there was any.
Yalghaar is a film for that Pakistani audience which has been deprived of quality cinema for ages. It must be hailed as a super hit film, but when it is compared to international cinema, your guess is as good as mine. - Faizan Usmani.