Wazir (2016)

India| January 2016| 102 min| Hindi
Wazir (2016)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Color Color
Certification India:UA , Singapore:PG13
Other Titles 64 Squares, The Last Square, Move 5
Locations New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Director Bejoy Nambiar
Lead Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham
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Plot Summary
The film follows the story of two unusual friends - Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan), a paralysed chess grandmaster and a grieving father, and Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar), a traumatized Anti Terrorist Squad officer, whose paths cross for some strange reasons. As some powerful and dangerous forces linked to terrorism brew up conspiracy against the two men unbeknown to them, the duo, united by grief, help each other in the uncertain journey of their respective lives.
Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra conceptualised the film after badminton player Syed Modi was murdered on 28 July 1988 in Lucknow. However, Chopra claimed that this film is completely different from the incident.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra started working on the script of the film with writer Abhijat Joshi in 1994, when he told him about the idea of setting a thriller around two chess players. The first set of script, written between 2000 and 2004, was in English.

This film was supposed to be Vidhu Vinod Chopra's first Hollywood film, with Dustin Hoffman playing the protagonist. In 2005, their producer Robert Newmyer suddenly passed away, which led to the project being shelved.

It was in 2013, when Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Bejoy Nambiar came together and re-started the project.

The script of the film took 5 years to complete, and over 2 years to complete the film itself.

Chess experts from America were believed to have been consulted for the film.

This is the first film edited by both Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi.

The wheelchair used by Amitabh Bachchan in the film, is said to have been chosen among 40-50 wheelchairs.

This is the first film of Amitabh Bachchan with Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

This is the second film of Farhan Akhtar with Vidhu Vinod Chopra after Lakshya (2004).

Farhan Akhtar went through intense training and beefed up to play the role of an Anti Terrorist Squad officer. He was said to have gained 8 kg weight, changed his diet, and met some ATS officers for preparation of the role.
Amitabh Bachchan Pandit Omkarnath Dhar
Farhan Akhtar Daanish Ali
Aditi Rao Hydari Ruhana Ali
Neil Nitin Mukesh Wazir
John Abraham SP
Manav Kaul Izaad Qureshi
Anjum Sharma Sartaj
Mazel Vyas
Director Bejoy Nambiar
Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Rajkumar Hirani
Executive Producer
Writer Vidhu Vinod Chopra(story)
Abhijat Joshi(story)
Vikram Chandra(story)
Supriya Kelkar(story)
Suketa Mehta(story)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra(screenplay)
Abhijat Joshi(screenplay)
Bejoy Nambiar(screenplay)
Natasha Sahgal(screenplay)
Abhijeet Deshpande(dialogue)
Gazal Dhaliwal(dialogue)
Lyricist Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Manoj Muntashir
Swanand Kirkire
Gurpreet Saini
Abhijeet Deshpande
A M Turaz
Music Composer Shantanu Moitra
Ankit Tiwari
Rochak Kohli
Prashant PillaiRohit Kulkarni(background music)
Singers Sonu Nigam
Shreya Ghoshal
Ankit Tiwari
Javed Ali
Amitabh Bachchan
Farhan Akhtar
Gagan Baderiya
Prashant Pillai
Cinematographer Sanu Varghese
Action Director
Film Editor Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Casting Director Girdhar Swami
Production Designer Bindiya Chhabria
Art Director Prasanna Karkhanis
Costume Designer Shweta Sharma
Production Companies Getaway Films
Vinod Chopra Productions
Distributor Reliance Entertainment
Song # 1Tere Bin
Written byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Composed byShantanu Moitra
Performed bySonu Nigam,   Shreya Ghoshal
Song # 2Tu Mere Paas
Written byManoj Muntashir
Composed byAnkit Tiwari
Performed byAnkit Tiwari
Song # 3Maula Mere Maula
Written bySwanand Kirkire,   Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Composed byShantanu Moitra
Performed byJaved Ali
Song # 4Wazir Theme
Performed byGaurav Godkhini
Song # 5Yaari
Written byGurpreet Saini
Composed byRochak Kohli
Performed byAmitabh Bachchan,   Farhan Akhtar
Song # 6Khel Khel Mein
Written byAbhijeet Deshpande
Composed byAdvaita
Performed byAmitabh Bachchan
Song # 7Tere Liye
Written byA M Turaz
Composed byPrashant Pillai
Performed byGagan Baderiya,   Prashant Pillai
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Reviews on external websites
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The Indian Express|Review by Shubhra Gupta
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.
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Hindustan Times|Review by Sweta Kaushal
Despite the smaller flaws and the slightly botched up ending, the film is definitely worth a watch.
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Rediff.com|Review by Raja Sen
Watching truly skilled chess players going at each other is an experience both lyrical and violent, as they bleed and behead across the 64 squares like duelling ninjas in slow motion. Watching a game between people who only believe they are good at chess, however, is plain infuriating.
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NDTV|Review by Saibal Chatterjee
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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