CAST: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Manav Kaul, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham
DIRECTOR: Bejoy Nambiar
DURATION: 1 hour 43 minutes
COMBINED RATINGS OF ALL CRITICS: 3/5
PLOT/STORY: Here comes the first movie of 2016 which is intelligent, emotional but it could have been a way smarter. Wazir brings back the finest performance of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar.
Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Wazir’ is about a suspended Anti Terrorism Squad officer Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar), whose 4-year-old daughter is killed by terrorists and his wife Ruhana Ali (Aditi) blames him for it. He meets Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan), a wheelchair bound chess grandmaster who has his own tragic story too. Both share their painful past stories with each other and became friends. The duo forms an unbreakable bond and decides to help each other to win the biggest games of their lives via playing the game of chess. With all twists and turns, the movie shows all the moves of the chess board and the face of WAZIR!
The movie starts off at a fast pace but slows down in the second half. And the worst part is that many of you will predict the climax. Nevertheless, the movie is intriguing. The best part of the movie is Amitabh bachchan who is sharply witty in every scene. Aditi Rao Hydari looks stunningly beautiful and delivers an impressive performance. The metaphorically written dialogues form the core of the story, terrific performances of all stars, a gripping plot and all in all, we can say that the movie is good and a one time watch.
The Indian Express- 2.5/5
There’s enough to watch in ‘Wazir’ despite its flaws. It reaffirms something we’ve always known: that there’s nothing to beat a plot-driven film (co-written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi). That the supreme importance in a thriller is to keep it going. And that strong performances are the pivot of any film: watching Akhtar and Bachchan joust and manoeuver around each other is this film’s high point. Read more...
Times Of India- 3/5
With too many distractions - Aditi looks lovely but is constrained in a chiffon-clad role featuring more dancing than dialogues - the plot loses pace. There are too many kiddies, cupcakes and kathak cuts. When the movie picks up speed - action sequences in Delhi and Srinagar are terrific - you're on a gritty edge. But when it over-indulges itself - its writers and editors are the same - the game slips into stalemate. Read more...
The best thing about this film is Amitabh Bachchan, of course. Bachchan lives the role of a grief stricken father out for revenge with amazing emotional precision. Just looking into his eyes, you can easily gauge the determination and strength of his character, in spite of the helpless condition he's in. Read more...
A special mention must be given to Manav Kaul who plays the antagonist Izaad Qureshi. He gives a power-packed performance. The real surprises are John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh, whose roles are actually extended cameos but they stay with you. Read more...
The film is filled with convenient loopholes like how a suspended cop manages to use police resources so much like tapping a minister’s phone call, organising nakabandi and also how one particular character manages to hoodwink everyone, despite his limitations. Read more...