KARACHI: Almost two years have passed since the release of Waar but the film seems to have left an indelible mark on the local movie industry. The film that hit the screens on Eidul Azha in 2013 is credited with having changed the landscape of Pakistani cinema. Now, Waar’s sequel, announced in December the year of its release, is set to begin filming next month in the United Kingdom.
Writer-director of the film’s sequel, Dr Hassan Waqar Rana, told The Express Tribune, “We will shoot the first spell for the film in London by June-end, prior to the release of [our film] Yalghaar.” Rana revealed that Shaan will reprise his role in Waar 2 and will star a host of foreign actors. He will also get assistance from international talent, including camera professionals, for the film.
Although the cast for the sequel is yet to be finalised, the filmmaker stated he was keen on roping in both new and established actors. “I will take actors, both new and old, for Waar 2, especially Ayub Khoso, Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed,” he stated. “Bilal Ashraf is on-board [with the film] as one of the new talents. Aleeze Nasser has also agreed to be part of the project.” he added. The movie will be shot in a number of locations, including Russia, Yugoslavia, the UK and Turkey.
In a story earlier published in The Express Tribune, Waar 2 was reported to be a collaborative project of Mindworks Media and ARY Films. This is not the only collaborative project between the two companies. Mindworks and ARY will also team up for another movie titled Delta Echo Foxtrot.
Waar, directed by Bilal Lashari and produced and written by Rana, became one of the highest-grossing films of Pakistani cinema and won several awards, including those for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Actor’ at last year’s ARY Film Awards.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2015.