Movie Review: Wazir (2016)

Box Office: Avg.

wazirWe have seen films like Talaash and Badlapur where in the protagonist overcame their loneliness in different manner. While Aamir Khan in Talaash fought his grief by being busy, Varun Dhawan adopted the violent route by taking the revenge.

One of the sub-plots in Wazir is about two people, Pandit Omkarnath (Amitabh Bachchan) and Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) who have lost their loved ones. Unlike the above mentioned films, in Wazir both of them use chess as a medium to overcome the loneliness. What happens next is an incident which changes the life of both Danish and Omkarnath. What is the incident? What happens after the same?

Wazir is a stereotypical Bollywood film with elements of action, romance, drama and thrill present in right proportion. Director Bejoy Nambiar takes no time to establish the romance between the lead, Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari. The film starts off with a bang with a brilliantly choreographed action sequence which is pulled off with conviction by Farhan Akhtar. Not just the story, but the screenplay is gripping and gritty throughout the first half. The intermission point leaves you stunned and makes you expect a lot more from the second half.

However, the major hassles come into the picture in the second half where the screenplay gets haphazard and things happen too easily. A certain amount of depth, required before unveiling the conclusion in the film is missing. The climax leaves a lot of question unanswered and makes you think as to why and how did it happen.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Inconsistent thriller with Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan in top form”
4.0 “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!”
3.5 “Amitabh-Farhan Shine In This Captivating Thriller.”
3.5 “‘Wazir’ is a good, one time watch.”
3.0 “Do watch Wazir if you enjoy a good whodunit, but do bear in mind that it is not without flaws…”
3.0 “Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar play the intriguing game of chess.”
3.0 “Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan’s chemistry steals the show”
3.0 “It’s an emotional thriller with an ending that you can see from a mile yet is impactful.Watch it once.It won’t hurt.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar deliver strong performances in spite of the obvious plot.”
2.5 “WAZIR, despite boasting of some of the great performances, reasonably fails to leave the desired impact because of its convoluted script.”
2.5 “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. “
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2.5 “Bejoy Nambiar hits the bull’s eye in the first half”
2.5 “There’s enough to watch in the Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar film despite its flaws.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Wazir is a childish game of chess”
2.0 “Wazir surprises us with a brilliant beginning and Amitabh Bachchan emoting with just his face and Farhan’s seething passions are near short of a miracle, you think.”

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