Wazir – A Story of Chess and Human Disposition


Wazir – Movie Review

Wazir is a fascinating movie in which two stories have been interwoven. It is a story of two grief-stricken men coping with the death of their daughters in tragic accidents bond over their mutual melancholy and the game of shatranj. The plot is tightly knit and the narrative remains sternly concentrated and fastened on the Big B-Farhan dynamics that involves a forbidding game to death that destiny plays on the protagonist.

It is definitely a must watch since now a days we are just watching plot-less movies. It is set against the backdrop of Chess and till the last moment you will wait for the twist. At last the mystery has been resolved in a skit based on Chess.

While talking about performances, Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan are at par and in any scene Farhan is no less than Amitabh Bachchan in his acting. Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his excellent dialog delivery has once again proved it. Farhan’s Danish is an interesting package of contradictions: nervous yet courageous, obstinate yet defeated by a tragedy that has made him cold.

Amitabh Bachchan portrays the spirited paraplegic Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) who has lost his wife and daughter. He is feeble and weak like a pawn in a game of chess that cleverly joins his hands with strong elephant i.e. Danish to kill the wicked king i.e. Qureshi. A lot of the dialogues on life’s notions expectantly use chess metaphors. Mr Bachchan’s words on how an individual’s grief ‘ranj’ can affect others around him are emotional as well as captivating.


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Every time when we are intensely driven by the tragedy happening in the movie, Aditi Rao appears and brings luminescence on the screen. She works as sunshine in an otherwise dark and devious Wazir. Manav Kaul’s Qureshi is a terrorist turned wicked minister and immediately he appears on the screen, we start hating him.

John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh appeared for the short time and they have utilised their chance on the screen perfectly. Neil has done a tremendous job in his brief but powerful role. He created a sense of horror in the minds of audiences and the movie is named after his character’s name.  


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The visual effects, the songs especially Tere Bin and Atrangi Yaari, cinematography and the symbolic allusions to chess are well done. There is creative tension that makes the film worth watching. At last Wazir is indeed a great beginning of 2016.

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Actors:  Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh & John Abraham

Written by – Abhijat Joshi & Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Directed by – Bejoy Nambiar

Edited by – Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Abhijat Joshi
Executive Producer: Priyesh Kaushik
Director of Photography – Sanu John Varughese
Production Designer – Bindiya Chhabria & Narii
Costume Designer – Shweta Sharma
Action – Javed – Aejaz
Background Music – Rohit Kulkarni.
Music – T-Series.


7.5 Drama, Mystery
  • Script 7
  • Acting 8
  • Cinematography 7.5




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