The first big Bollywood release of the year, Wazir has hit the theaters today. Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Wazir is an action thriller starring an ensemble star cast that include Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Aditi Rao Hydari. Written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, the film looks intense and engaging. Let’s read how the critics rated and reviewed Nambiar’s Wazir.
Wazir Movie Review: Critics Reviews and Ratings
Wazir Movie Review by Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV – The surface vim and vigour on show in Wazir is considerable, but Bollywood’s first big release of 2016 is disappointingly low on substance. In the bargain, the film loses the emotional tug that might have lifted it above the median. 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.
Rating – 2.5 stars
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Wazir Movie Review by Shubha Shetty Saha from Mid-Day – This thriller starts with great promise and gusto, generating a lot of curiosity and demanding undivided attention. It opens with a quick introduction to the happy Ali family comprising an ATS officer, Danish (Farhan Akhtar), his Kathak dancing wife Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) and their four-year-old daughter. Their idyllic life comes crashing down as a tragedy strikes and they are unable to cope with the grief. ‘Wazir’ is a good, one-time watch.
Rating – 3.5 stars
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Wazir Movie Review by Shubra Gupta from The Indian Express – There are many good things about ‘Wazir’. First off, this is a film that’s backed by writing. Look, look, a plot. Hallelujah. Such a relief after so many plotless wonders masquerading as movies. Next, it brings back the actor in Amitabh Bachchan. And third, it respects our time, keeping things ticking at just over a neat 1.5 hours. There’s enough to watch in ‘Wazir’ despite its flaws.
Rating – 2.5 stars
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Wazir Movie Review by Surabhi Redkar from Koimoi – Wazir is a missed opportunity. It is a story that could have been gripping but suffers from a bad treatment, thus leaving you disappointed. Farhan and Big B do their best to save this botched up plot but they can’t. So basically, it’s like the audiences will end up saying Check Mate to the makers.
Rating – 2.5 stars
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Wazir Movie Review by Bollywood Hungama – There’s a popular rule in the game of chess, which states ‘If you find a good move, look for a better one’. Loosely based on this thought, the film’s screenplay (Bejoy Nambiar and Abhijat Joshi) takes the viewers through a gamut of emotions in the film. WAZIR, despite boasting of some of the great performances, reasonably fails to leave the desired impact because of its convoluted script.
Rating – 2.5 stars
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Wazir Movie Review by Raja Sen from Rediff – This thriller isn’t merely predictable, but depressingly drab, says Raja Sen. Wazir‘s problem, then, lies not in the fact that it does what is expected from a thriller; the problem is that it does everything expected — which makes it a film that surprises little and adds up to nothing of consequence. As it stands, Wazir is the one thing a chess player can never afford to be: Obvious.
Rating – 2 stars.
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Wazir Movie Review by Subhash Kumar Jha from First Post – Wazir has three heroes. Bachchan and Akhtar, of course, who are so effective individually and together that we wonder why they haven’t been cast together before. But the third and bigger hero of Wazir is the deviously clever script. Written by producer Vinod Chopra, along with Abhijat Joshi (of Munnabhai fame), this is quite comfortably the best emotional thriller from Bollywood in years.
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Wazir Movie Review by Sneha May Francis from Emirates247 – Over the one-hour-and-forty-minutes of screenplay, we watch Nambiar and the exceptional Sanu Varghese skillfully lend meaning and momentum to the two lives united in their tragedies. It’s exploding with potential, and for most parts, Nambiar doesn’t falter, keeping us hooked till the end. The initial combat sequences, as cars explode and men pump bullets into each other, is gripping and dealt with precision.
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Wazir Movie Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan from Gulfnews – Wazir isn’t a terrible film. It may even mildly entertain you, but when you have accomplished actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and unorthodox young director Bejoy Nambiar, you expect fireworks from their collective moves. There are bits to the whodunit that doesn’t come together at the end. Finally, Wazir proves to show that actors are reduced to pawns if there’s no solid story backing them.
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Wazir Movie Review by Lokesh Dharmani from Masala.com – Wazir is an interesting story of two men bonded by a personal tragedy. The film surely scored on original writing (Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, of Munnabhai fame) but it kept losing track, especially in the second half. Abhijeet Deshpande has written some clever lines with interesting references to the game of chess. It worked initially but beyond a point, it all got so repetitive. Too much of shatranj, pyanda, ghoda, haathi andwazir…someone cut it short please!!
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Wazir Movie Review: Our Recommendation
Wazir is gritty and engaging thriller backed with power-packed performances and incredible direction.