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A predictable thriller because of the way it is narrated. Good performances, though.Read more
The “edge-of-the-seat” bit of a thriller comes from you second guessing yourself on what you think might happen. If however, you know for sure what the turnout is going to be like the edge is taken off. Yet, a hopeless hopeful like me, waits for the unwrapping – the manner in which it will all play out. Wazir disappoints with that too.
Even if you didn't figure it out, Wazir's twists are unraveled through monologues that spell out the scheme – be it by the victim or the perpetrator. That kind of resolution is one of the worst kinds in a thriller. Just because the other characters in the film are awestruck, it takes a little more to surprise the audience. Wazir can get points for making it quick though. There isn't a long-winded explanation, just short, sweet and shut.
In that sense, the film is crisp and moves along pretty swiftly. It keeps you interested even though it might have meant to keep you glued. During the film for some reason, I was expecting it to break into a “khoya khoya chand”, a la Shaitan. Though I remember that one not fitting in the film and coming across as a gimmick in the context of the film. In that sense, Wazir lacks style. I know, I know, what is the poor director to do! Style comes across as gimmick when done and when missing, the viewer missed it.
However, I am positive I wouldn't have missed it one bit had it been for a strong story. The chess analogies seem lame. The breadcrumbs for the “twists” are too obvious. For instance, you know a certain dialogue is being overshadowed by another one because the former has a clue. And indeed, when the mystery unveils, the dialogue is repeated, just in case the audience needs to be spoonfed.
And this is despite an inscrutable performance by Amitabh Bachchan. Of course, I mean that in a good way. A quip-less Farhan Akhtar is a little hard to take in. While it is a good change for him as an actor, as the audience you are expecting him to break into a smart-Alec line any time. Sure, that cannot be held against him, it's just that the character makes him that guy with just one expression. Aditi Rao Hydari looks gorgeous and yet again, is just that. Interestingly, though each of her roles use her as just the necessary female lead, I have wondered what she would do with a really meaty role.
That leaves us with a thriller in which can tell two of the main twists from a mile away and are willing to forgive the writing because of the performances. Until the revelations come in the worst form possible. Even so, for those of us who couldn't guess the twist, Wazir might be well worth the watch.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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Viv_menon1996: The chemistry between the duo overshadows the flaws clearly. Well shot well directed well acted well written movie 3/5 rating #Wazir
varuntyagi619: #Wazir is an intelligent thriller. Could have been even better if panditji has started walking after saying chalne ka waqt aa gaya hai
VandanaGaonkar: Watched #Wazir truly stellar acting @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar what a punch luved it, @NeilNMukesh @aditiraohydari just fab
U_Chaturvedi: Just Watched @Official_Wazir Must say after so long time this kind of movie came in Bollywood. @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar #Wazir A must watch
UzairKhaja: The film had some flaws but was good. Good performances. A realistic bollywood movie #Wazir
twit_aru: Khel Khel mein #Wazir dekh liya. Good movie to start the new year with. :) I need one of those #Wazir Pen Drive...!!
TheNehaGupta: #wazir... Simply brilliant. Emotional, mature and intelligent cinema.
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ssr99: Saw #Wazir yesterday .. AB is Simply Superb in the film .. Fantastic Film it is ☺
souvik_rt: Wazir ! What a movie !!!!!!!! Easily the best and always the best Big B
singh_drmanisha: #Wazir @FarOutAkhtar @SrBachchan Modern day Shatranj ke khiladi... .super knockout performance. .intense & riveting...Kudos !!!
sid_effects: #Wazir is definitely worth a watch guys! With a watertight script and a good jolt in end, it's a good inception for 2016! @nambiarbejoy
sidsayshere: Also a review won't b cmplt without sayin about the brilliant music direction, score n lyrics of #Wazir . Standing Ovation 2 the whole team.
shivam340: #wazir a must watch active .... Well done #AmitabhBachchan sir #FarhanAkhtar and other lead and supporting actors.
Saqibraja787: After Very Long time enjoyed Every moment of the Movie #Wazir . Likewise piece of acting by @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar Well done
rowsebiru: Guyz #WAZIR is great indeed..
RJVishnu: #Wazir is an intelligent film. Screenplay is the hero, Director painted emotions well, and 2 stellar actors. The film is a winner..8/10
ReianSpeaks: Nice beginning of 2016 for #Bollywood as far as good cinema is concerned. #Wazir is owned by grandmaster of Indian cinema @SrBachchan
RanjanSinha_: #Wazir @SrBachchan you are a inspiration for all generations from @Javedakhtarjadu to @FarOutAkhtar !Superb movie @nambiarbejoy congrats!
Rafique_IYC: #Wazir One of the best movies of @SrBachchan and @FarOutAkhtar. Real Hero @TheJohnAbraham was awesome. And nice act by @NeilNMukesh.. Thanks
pray_ag: When stories are greater than movies #Wazir Great acting as usual by @FarOutAkhtar
pratkkk: Hats off to #Wazir team :) Brilliant actors..Good Script.
pankaj2858: Wazir,an emotional thriller, after long time a really good movie to watch. It has 3 heroes, #AmitabhBachchan , #FarhanAkhtar and story
ovee84: #wazir is such a fantastic movie to watch and feel ! Great work and super music.. Loved it @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar #WazirIsHere #weekend
NishitNj3012: A must watch just because of the brilliant acting by Amitabh Bachchan #Wazir
Nikilovesyou1D: Wazir.. what an amazing movie❤️ @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar loved every bit of the movie and it was worth every penny!❤️
M_Ahmad07: #Wazir What a fine piece of movie @SrBachchan You just keep on getting better & better! Complete inspiration! You nailed your role!
mynameis765: What a Movie... #Wazir..Brilliantly directed by #BejoyNambiar..Awesome performance by @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar @aditiraohydari MUST WATCH..
Munayeem: Intense & intelligent #wazir #must watch @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar @Official_Wazir
MukeshboyBhagat: #Wazir awsm work by @SrBachchan and @FarOutAkhtar
MrVivekJoshi: The standout performances and chemistry of the lead pair @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar in #Wazir is a treat. Class and grace and so effortless
MoodyQuill: #Wazir is a well-made movie! @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar are phenomenal in the movie. And the way it all comes together in the end is super!
mohanty_jajati: Love it wazir
mizaanali: #wazir is brilliant #movie superb direction & acting kept us in suspense right till the end... #Bollywood @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar superb!
Mihrimah_Irena: Watched @Official_Wazir omg great film!!!!!!
meenusharda: Watched Wazir Good Movie
MazharI11708900: Good movie wazir
mahendrakhorwa6: Wazir is very good movie
Lvenky73: In a #Wazir frame of mind .. go watch guys ... and discover the movie .. layer by layer ..
Kpraj12378: #Wazir movie is best sir
kausmazum: #Wazir the film fantastic performances of a riveting story with taut direction! Kudos @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar @nambiarbejoy and others.
kaleidoscope19: Just came back from a viewing of @Wazir. Interesting movie, worth a watch for sure. Excellent performances by lead and supporting cast!
KabirDwivedi: Aaj vajeer movie daykh kar mazza as gay is film ko jaruur daykhnay jay mazza bhi aayga oor jeevan ki an nai seekh mil sakti hay
JoshiRahul25: "Omkar Nath special"....maza aa gaya...#wazir @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar
jkkansal1987: #yaariTeriYaari #AtrangiYaari #wazir must watchable! Thanks @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar for everything
ImVthirtha: If u are a fan of gr8 acting , story, intensity and finale's ..and also truly value friendship.. Be prepared to be MINDBLOWN! #Wazir
imPvyas: #WazirInCinemasNow @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar #Wazir excellent Movie #MustWatchWazir
imabrao: #Wazir is a class apart movie... truly amazing..
iamneerajj: A very happy birthday to @FarOutAkhtar.. Watched wazir yesterday.. Nice compelling one time watch..!
iamabhinavgoel: Best movie watched so far.. @Official_Wazir #WazirInCinemasNow salute you sir @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar
hotspot30: Just saw Wazir !! Amazing movie. Amitabh at its best!!
HardikSondani: Amazing movie...
gulamhaidr: Wazir was a damn good movie
GhoseGhose: Happy Birthday @FarOutAkhtar ☺Just watched #Wazir ..Brilliant script, acting .. Superb movie
Gau_geous: OMG, What a movie @SrBachchan & @FarOutAkhtar u just did fab #Wazir .. love it
ganeshrath1: #Wazir wht a wonderful movie.. Really superb... great direction, acting, story etc. Really loved it. @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar
enperurajiv: Every move/scene is for a reason, like in chess. Don't miss anything! #Wazir @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar
drpriyankar: #wazir gripping storyline. just loved #atrangiyaari @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar
dipanjan1982: #Wazir is a masterpiece, a hell of a movie . Kudos to @SrBachchan @FarOutAkhtar @TheJohnAbraham
coranson: #Wazir is for brains. Radical intellectual. Performances
ChattyDeshkar: Yaara! Just saw #Wazir. It's a brilliant movie with mind blowing acting from @SrBachchan and @FarOutAkhtar! MUST WATCH!
bytesbybhavin: Alright so caught up with #Wazir. Decent movie. Liked it.
BeanManiac: Movies with good story is what matters to me and #Wazir had that..!
barman_sailen: Watched WAZIR. Nice Movie. .... Great Job Done by Farhan.....
ashishseven: #wazir was enthralling thriller filed with emotion, anger and deceit. Loved your acting @SrBachchan sahab and @FarOutAkhtar.
Amna_ALOthman: Each scene in @Official_Wazir has its own strength, you'd live with @FarOutAkhtar's anger, @SrBachchan's patient & @aditiraohydari's tears
alokkumar_gupta: A simple "Piada" made "Hathi" to Kill "Badshah" and became "Wazir". A very nice suspense movie "Wazir".
aish24_c: What a movie
Admire_Urself: It's a Must watch! Excited for #WazirInCinemasNow @Official_Wazir
Abhi_daga05: Class performance by Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh sir in Wazir. Must watch!
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2274709853734ef: Wazir must watch!
sidtap: Wazir - good concept - poor execution.
PieKapoor: Wazir was a pretty okay film, and honestly, I am surprised
MoneyByAnything: #Wazir 1st Half - liked it totally, Something new n thrill, Very good acting by farhan n AB, But slightly loose Screenplay,
IemSaahil: Last night watched #Wazir Ist Half Superb but 2nd Half ko kya kardiya.... Director sahab 2.5stars
GarvitNangia: Ham Om Kar Nath ke khel ko.. First half mein hi samjh gaye the.. Par @SrBachchan and #Farhan did a great job. Script cud hv been bttr #Wazir
VishRathi1: Vidhu Vinod Chopra shud do movies with d director Raju Hirani #Wazir was terrible
surrealzakir: First Flop of the Year #Wazir Big Boost For #BajiraoMastani
sriks3: #Wazir Almost non existent or shoddily sketched characterization for such brilliant performers. Wasted opportunity. Feeling let down.
khalilabhyankar: Watched @Official_Wazir sorry team.Expected much more. Could have been much better. Great performances by @SrBachchan and @aditiraohydari
kanishka713: #Wazir Boring and doesn't make much sense. Epic acting by @SrBachchan though.
isagarpatel: I can see why #Wazir is not a success. First Day First Show. Somewhat disappointed. #cinema #motionpicture
iam_ally: Wazir movie is garbage movie , pl don't waste your money .
championswimmer: #Wazir could have been a really good film. Unfortunately let down by poor editing. Events happen too fast, without any buildup.
Asthatiw: #Wazir was a little shy of disappointment. There is so much that @FarOutAkhtar and @SrBachchan could do with such a thin script
ArjunSuri: Wazir was rather uneventful!
AmanVer07327497: #Wazir had the potential to become a great movie but it was ruined by the director. #disappointed
abz67: #wazir is too predictable !!!
aageSeLeftLelo: #Wazir is pathetic! Amazing star cast but failed in editing! Don't waste your money on this crap!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by 127hrs : Fast paced intelligent thriller
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anuj : only & only for the everlasting legend of Mr Bachchan
Yay! Thumbs Up, by moviebhakt : I recommend it. Thumbs Up!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by raj : Ignore the ratings. Go and watch it. You will not be disappointed.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Shilpi Dutta
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Suman
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