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  • Bejoy Nambiar is back to resurrect his image after David, exactly two years later. He wipes the slate clean and rolls the dice out for Wazir, to begin the New Year with a bang for Bollywood.

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  • A gripping thriller anchored by Bachchan and Akhtar’s compelling compatibility.

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  • Like most of Bejoy Nambiar's movies, this one's quite stylish too. Fortunately, Bejoy concentrates on dramatic presentations of realistic scenes.

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  • ...its glassy cinematography, its haunting sound design, work well. What this game needed was more attack, less defence, less repetition, more relentlessness.

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  • ...is tightly edited which makes it an enjoyable movie to begin 2016.

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  • The slickness, the edge-of-the-seat quality, the darkness. Wazir is replete with the chiaroscuro that is so Bejoy Nambiar.

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  • Apart from the smart storyline, powerful performances are the backbone of Wazir.

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  • In keeping with the spirit of the film, one could say this could’ve been a winning game, but let down by a few faulty moves. Well-played, still, for the Amitabh-Farhan pairing.

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  • ...despite boasting of some of the great performances, reasonably fails to leave the desired impact because of its convoluted script.

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  • The production, the sound, the action is all top notch. But the writing is King of the game in a film. The technique is merely a pawn. You can sacrifice the pawns but not the King.

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  • 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.

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  • The surface vim and vigour on show in Wazir is considerable, but Bollywood’s first big release of 2016 is disappointingly low on substance.

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  • Chess is considered the most complex board game and one that provides mental stimulation; this film is neither complex nor stimulating. At best, it's a series of predictable ploys strung together with the backdrop of a revenge drama.

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  • Although Wazir falls flat on its face as a thriller when you consider the question posed earlier in this review, it does work in other departments.

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  • There's a lot to appreciate in the film, particularly the performances of its leading men, and the brisk unraveling of its plot. Too bad it’s weighed down by a sloppy script.

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  • We'd have loved to lose to the storyteller and have all our guesses proved wrong by the time the end credits rolled. But sadly, this game leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • A predictable thriller because of the way it is narrated. Good performances, though.

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  • Worth one visit for sure for AB Sr's superlative acting and some ceetee-worthy dialogue. As a thrilling drama, it has some bite, but as a suspenseful tale, it lacks teeth.

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  • 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.

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  • It’s only a few days into the new year, but a leading contender for the Most Ludicrous Screenplay of 2016 has already emerged.

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  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra who is happy to take credit for the original story, should have been merciless when writing the script which goes on and on in the second half explaining itself. Sometimes it is smarter to let the audience use its brains.

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  • Despite starting off promisingly with slick production values and good performances to boot Wazir unravels badly, especially in the second half as it heads towards the climax.

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  • Nambiar’s previous films have suffered from screenplays that are less than clever. This one reaches for cleverness, which is just beyond its grasp, and that mars what could have been an unusually dour, taut thriller.

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  • A decent relationship drama, a silly thriller.

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  • ...a disappointing thriller.

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  • Bad films only leave a bad taste in your mouth. But films like Wazir that had great potential upset your stomach.

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  • ...so unreal, so dumbed down, so predictable, that there’s nothing redeemable about it.

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