Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bejoy’s Wazir Movie Review: Amitabh, Farhan’s Story Holds, Detailing Lacks

Bejoy Nambiar's Wazir movie review: An emotional, suspense thriller story of Vidhu Vinod Chopra staring Amitabh Bachchan as Panditji Omkar, Farhan Akhtar as Danish and Aditi Rao Hydary
Director Bejoy Nambiar's Wazir review: A thriller which suspense holds brilliantly, revolving around Amitabh Bachchan as Panditji Omkarnath, Farhan Akhtar as Danish and Aditi Rao Hydary!

What’s Good?: Suspense and Brainy Chess Reference with Life Grips You in Amitabh, Farhan’s Emotional Thriller Story

The Suspense!

The suspense is the fuel that has boosted the film, maintaining its pace.

Wazir: A Smart Story

Alleluia! Wazir is not another ridiculous plot line of Bollywood which gives you nothing at story’s point. It has pillar-like story-line which stands powerfully, plus maturely. Applauses for Vidu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi!

Reference of Chess and Mystery of Wazir

The way the game Chess and the characters are referred, the reference makes the script fascinating. The mysteries associated with the character of a Wazir are served interestingly.

Masterstrokes Giving Actors

If you are a fan of Amitabh Bachchan because of the actor he is, you will make him your favorite again. Farhan Akhtar also stands nowhere behind and shows his acting graph going up in comparison to his previous films.

What’s Bad?: Detailing Lacks!

Lack of Detailing in Second half

Wazir consumes exact 1 hour 30 minutes and saves your time. It seems its wrap up in precised time, which is a plus, has become its minus too. The second half goes too heavy and you feel it could have better in terms of detailing and unfolding the mysteries.

Predictability -Post Interval

If second half could deal with suspense in better way, the film would have something else.

Wazir Movie Review: Amitabh, Farhan’s Emotional Thriller, Suspense Holds Brilliantly

Watch or Not?

Wazir is a brilliant write-up for intellectual people who love to use brain in film’s story. Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar have given their best in acting, so if you follow any of them, you will not disappoint.

Those who crave for Bollywood masala for entertainment and thumps up for high glamour quotient, this might seem less interesting to them. Wazir is a bit different kind of entertainment show.

Wazir Story Review: Concept and Script Analysis

Wazir revolves around two wounded persons who join each other for a common reason, regardless enough age-gap and different characters.

Farhan Akhtar is playing an anti-terrorist officer Danish Ali who is brilliant in his ATS cop’s role, plus he is a broken, honest, loving person. He is struggling with guilt of losing his daughter Noorie during a gun-fire between him and the terrorists. What makes Farhan’s situation worst is his wife Ruhana (played by Aditi Rao Hydari) who also blames him and finds him guilty for the death of their daughter, leaving him alone. The weight of his pain is so much that he contemplates to finish himself too.

The time duration when he is suspended, he meets a former chess player Omkar Nath Dhar who is known as Panditji and is a champ of this game. Panditji, played by Amitabh Bachchan, is a chess master who is bounded by his wheel-chair and has lost his life-game. Amitabh Bachchan as Panditji Omkarnath loses his wife and his legs in an accident, but what shaken and weaken him is his daughter Nina’s mysterious death.

Panditji contacts Danish (Farhan) and share the case. Where his daughter was claimed to be dead because of falling from the stairs at the residence of Izaad Qureshi, the Welfare Minister, Panditji doubts that it is not an accident, but a murder. While the investigation is in full swing, Panditji Omkarnath gets attacked by Wazir, a mysterious person. Now, will Danish be able to solve the mysteries of Nina’s death and wipe the clouds from the face of Wazir? The further story of Wazir unveils this all.

Dialogues and Highlights

“ Khel khel ke
Khel khel mein
Khel khel ye
Aa jayega!”

This is a line, you will love to flaunt after watching the thriller- Wazir. Amitabh Bachchan has delivered this dialogue in a style that clicks and sticks with you.

One more dialogue by Amitabh as Panditji Omkarnath that hits you on the right chord is, “Agar Shatranj hoti to hathi aur ghode daudte, kutte nahi”.

Wazir is a movie in which chess is used as a reference for the life game, where “Is khel me harne wale ki jeet hoti hai!”

Wazir Review: Characters and Star Performances

Amitabh Bachchan as Omkarnaji Panditji

Amitabh Bachchan does his job well and makes some amazing frames with Farhan Akhtar. Farhan Akhtar as Danish switches himself almost perfectly in his modes of an ATS officer, husband, father, and friend. He presents himself as Danish in a way that you love his character at every point- when he is broken, when he tries to commit a suicide, and when he seems ready to even kill someone in his friendship.

Manav Kaul as Welfare Minister

Manav Kaul as politician strongly marks his presence among Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar.

Neil Nitin Mukesh

Neil Nitin Mukesh has lesser frames, but he acts and presents his character so well that you remember him. Especially those scenes where he successfully manages to scare you.

John Abraham

John Abraham reminds his Force and Rocky Handsome with his action. His role in Wazir is not much powerful though.

Wazir Direction Review: Sets and Shooting Location

Bejoy Nambiar has set his identity as ‘different-than-other’ directors from his previous films- Shaitaan and David. He has his own style of presenting the shots. Although he doesn’t excel his skills in the Wazir, yet moves smartly. The reference of chess in the film could be boring or disinteresting too, but Bejoy makes sure it doesn’t. He weaves those referrals neatly in a simply-going light conversation’s frame.

What annoys in all is giving you the truths in your hands before climax, and then let you listen that from the actors in detail. What you expect here is to discover the story behind the suspense through situational actions, not words.

Wazir Music Review

Surprisingly, Wazir music has inputs of multiple composers and lyricists. The Wazir music album and its music go with the thriller theme of the film, but don't hold power of securing space in your playlist, where Tere Bin is an exception. Tere Bin song of Shantanu Moitra collaborates two melodious voices of Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. Ankit Tiwari's template song Tu Mere Paas is a justified composition by singer and composer Ankit Tiwari. Atrangi Yaari sees some emotionally sung notes of AMitabh Bachchan, where Farhan with his voice manages to just support him. In Maula Mere Maula, Javed Ali steals the show with his voice. Khel Khel Mein and Tere Liye are two songs that you will want to listen in the movie only.

Wazir Movie Review: Audience Experience


The film not only grabs all your attention, but grasps you in right initial 5 minutes.

First Half

You feel gripped with mysteries and fear around you. You feel connected to the eyes of Amitabh Bachchan, which spread the haunting pain in a simple shot too. The script keeps you on your toes with the way it moves ahead. It keeps your heart filled with emotions and brain engaged with twists.

The relationship and chemistry between Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari is the only unravel thread. Their equation does not play with your mind, going smoothly and swiftly.

Post Interval

The detailing in writing could have been better post interval. Despite the basic subject is very interesting, the predictability ruins the mystery quotient which had been gripping you in first half. The character of Izaad Qureshi goes low in suspense meter and remains expected.


The climax unfolds the revelations, wiping the mysteries by unveiling truths.

“The one, who loses, wins in this game!”

The Bottom Line: Review of Wazir | Rating and Verdict


Positive: Wazir is a balanced emotional thriller which is brilliantly supported by its powerful plot that makes you taste mysteries and thrill drenched in emotions and suspense.

Negative: Due to lack of detailing and predictability it fails to checkmate the audience.

Audience Rating: 3.5
Audience Verdict: Hit

Official Trailer of Wazir

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