Wazir - External Reviews

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A predictable thriller because of the way it is narrated. Good performances, though.

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35 reviewers have given Wazir an average rating of 2.3/5.0 (?)

7 yays
10 nays
18 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Still, Daanish’s quest for the Wazir makes for an interesting ride. The selling point of the film though, is the bonding between Daanish and Omkarnath, two grieving fathers, two husbands in pain. We need more of that from Bollywood. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Here, it’s just flavouring – Dal Lake Tadka. The leads almost make us buy it all. Farhan Akhtar plays a more sombre variation of the guy-next-door-if-you-forget-he’s-from-a-film-family character he’s made his own, except that he may want to work on his drunken scenes – you almost hear the hic! As for Bachchan, he keeps mixing it up – one part gruff-hamminess (you feel, between chess games, he’s still teaching a visually impaired Rani Mukerji) and one part restraint (watch him gaze at nothing in particular and shed a tear for the past). These two could probably make you watch a movie in which they did nothing but… play chess.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Anyway in the present form, if you are ready to ignore some awfully bad loopholes just because it’s the only big release this Friday featuring two talented names, then the choice is all yours. But as per my opinion, WAZIR can only be seen if you are a die-hard fan of Amitabh alone, especially for his two specific sequences. One, when he plays the game of chess with Farhan presenting his ‘hugely famous’ drunkard act in the same incomparable mode as always, and two when he meets Aditi and her mother infusing new life into them, bringing tears in your eyes feeling the intense pain. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rima Bhatia, Bolly Spice ...Closing remarks – Nambiar has done reasonably well with his third film. Wazir keeps your attention for the full hour and forty minute run time. Yes, the film has flaws. Every film has them it is just whether you can digest the number of flaws that are there. Would I recommend this film? Yes – but purely for the performances given by Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, WAZIR, despite boasting of some of the great performances, reasonably fails to leave the desired impact because of its convoluted script. At the box office, the film may just about appeal to a handful of the multiplex audiences who would want to get a taste of Bollywood entertainment in absence of any new film releases since past three weeks. ... full review

So-So by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Watch the film only for the impressive performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. However, if you are looking for a good thriller, you might go disappointed! ... full review

Thumbs up by BIPRORSHEE DAS, BookmyShow ...Watch it for the two lead actors and the fine performances both deliver. Beyond the guns and the thrills, Wazir is also a movie about friendship. Both Akhtar and Bachchan flesh out a beautiful relationship between Danish and Panditji very convincingly. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...My theory is simple. When people, actors are a little hungry, a bit starved and struggling, they try their best, they work hard. That holds true for all — you, me, Mr Bachchan, and especially Mr Vidhu Vinod Chopra. ... full review

So-So by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...A story that uses chess quite literally as a game and as a metaphor, we'd have loved to see it check-mate us. We'd have loved to lose to the storyteller and have all our guesses proved wrong by the time the end credits rolled. But sadly, this game leaves a lot to be desired. ... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - It is crisp and taut as a thriller but runs out of ideas in the latter half. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rakesh Reddy , Desi Martini ...Verdict - It starts off well but gets less gripping post interval. ... full review

So-So by Sethumadhavan Napan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Wazir boasts of fine performances from Amitabh Bachchan & Farhan Akhtar but it isn't really the taut thriller that it could have been. ... full review

So-So by Sidhant Shori , Desi Martini ...Verdict - Intriguing, interesting, but odd decision making prevents Wazir from being a great movie. ... full review

Thumbs down by Angela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...movie which promised you a wily cat and mouse mind game. Mr Bachchan manages to up his game as worst manipulator ever. Sorry ji. Bad bishops. Worse Pandit.... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - A premise belied the film doesn't have anything to say or prove. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madan Mohan Marwah, Desi Martini ...Well written and directed, taut suspenseful engrossing film with good acting ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Master chess... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, DNA ...What to do: Worth one visit for sure for AB Sr's superlative acting and some ceetee-worthy dialogue (why don't we write like this anymore?). As a thrilling drama, it has some bite, but as a suspenseful tale, it lacks teeth. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ... Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. And as is the case with anything that’s put together loosely, it all comes off with time. The second half nose dives with a vengeance. The only flashes in the dark are Bachchan’s and Akhtar’s performances. They make you stay.... full review

Thumbs down by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...Treated like a game of chess, Wazir ends up as just that and no more. Nambiar’s direction and Farhan’s performance display their individual talents but do little for the film as a whole. Wazir boils down to nothing but an expensive gimmick. So that producer Chopra can say a smug, ‘checkmate’. ... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...Cinematographer Sanu John Varghese captures the visuals perfectly, whether it is the action sequences or emotional turmoil. The frames are pure visual delight. What adds to the aesthetics of the frames, is the lighting, which is deliberate. It succeeds in creating the fitting effect, albeit dramatic. ... full review

So-So by Zehra Abbas , fullhyd.com ...En fin, Wazir is a film of contradictions. It is clumsy and inept at handling its various plotlines but deft and sensitive in its treatment of the emotional core of the movie. The cast raises the finished product to a certain level, but the writing drags it down. These reasons will most likely prevent Wazir from becoming a "badshah" at the box-office. Our commiserations to the valiant cast. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...If you are planning to watch WAZIR (I suggest you do), track every move, analyze every act on screen; it will help you decipher the Wazir: the winning move that wins the war! ... full review

So-So by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...While Farhan and Amitabh are the clear winners, the supporting actors too showcase their skills. Neil Nitin Mukesh is convincing as the character edging with psychopath bend. Manav Kaul and John Abraham, too, perfectly fit into their characters and bring the narration alive. ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...In the end Wazir is moody and atmospheric, and gripping for a large part. What it needed was a tighter script with fewer holes. I’m going with two-and-half out of five. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...The best moments are when Bachchan is involved, giving the otherwise sombre affair a little dose of humour and wisdom. Akhtar is affective in the part of a grieving parent and a dutiful officer who uses his eyes to convey his woes Hydari's Ruhana is reduced to the sidelines along with Seema Pahwa and John Abraham, whose appearance here is never quite justified. Neil Nitin Mukesh eager to make the most of his small screen time goes over the top. For a film centred on a game of mental fortitude and strategy, Wazir is short on ideas but more so surprises. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Watch or Not?: If you were planning to watch Wazir as a thriller then no point! ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Also, the director's habit of inserting a background song after almost every second scene might prove to be the film's undoing. Last but not the least, Pandit Omkar Nath explaining the entire sequence of events after the suspense unfolds, is frankly quite condescending to the viewer (as if we were too dumb to figure out how it happened once the suspense was out!) ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Wazir is at best a one-time watch, if only for the academic interest of viewing Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in the same film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...It has competent moments, but is too generic to be memorable, and that's a shame for it could so easily have been a winner. As it stands, Wazir is the one thing a chess player can never afford to be: Obvious.... full review

Thumbs up by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: Though the second half is not as taut as the first, the film is riveting. Its biggest minus point is that there is hardly any entertainment almost throughout the film which requires a lot of intelligence to digest it.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Bachchan is reliable as ever, particularly with grief written all over his broken face. Aditi is teary-eyed and vulnerable all the way through. Interesting actors like Prakash Belawade, Seema Pahwa and even a star like John, are turned more into background props than full fledged characters and the graph of Manav’s persona is too predictable for his energy and effort to be effective in any way. It’s Farhan of the first half, plunging the depths of emotions, who makes you take note of him as a dramatic performer. However, by the time we get to the end even he seems jaded and lacklustre. Like the film itself. ... full review

So-So by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Consistent hard focus over sentimental soft-focus would have let these shatranj ke khiladi blow up that chess board. As it is, they complete their game - but don't check-mate smartly enough. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...Director Bejoy Nambiar is unable to do much with a predictable and a heavily contrived screenplay (Abhijat Joshi, Vidhu Vinod Chopra) that sees the film badly derailing in the second half after an engrossing enough first half. in all, Wazir is a tepid thriller whose gambits end up checkmating itself. ... full review

So-So by Pallavi Patra, ZEENEWS.COM ...Nambiar impresses us after 'Shaitan' and 'David' – although a few fight sequences could have been more unique and luscious to the eyes. The first movie of 2016 is here – watch if you like chess, Amitabh and Farhan – and ready to ignore the obvious, yet minor cinematic pitfalls. ... full review