With the box office results out now, we now know that Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan’s action-thriller Wazir might have won critical appreciation, but its impressive cast and hotly anticipated storyline are not exactly keeping the ticket windows ticking.
The Bejoy Nambiar-directed venture failed to impress the audience as it collected a mere Rs. 5.57 crores on its opening day, followed by a slightly better Rs 7.16 crore on Saturday, according to Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh. The Farhan-Amitabh action-thriller made a total of Rs 12.73 crore in two days. The movie, which has done well at premium multiplexes, also had an overseas collections of Rs. 4.07 crore.
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This is a poor box office performance by industry standards, considering the fact that this film is Bollywood’s first big release of 2016.
#Wazir biz jumps on Sat. 28.55% growth from Fri to Sat. Fri 5.57 cr, Sat 7.16 cr. Total: ₹ 12.73 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 10, 2016
The box office is probably pegging its hopes on Sunny Deol’s comeback film Ghayal Once Again, releasing next week and Akshay Kumar’s Airlift that opens on January 22.
Wazir uses chess metaphors to talk about life, a move that could have been irritating were it not for the subtle way Bejoy inserts these into lighter conversations. Apart from the smart storyline, powerful performances are the backbone of Wazir.
While Farhan and Amitabh are the clear winners, the supporting actors too showcase their skills. The film’s most interesting part lies in the fact that it is a revenge drama but the protagonists are not angry. They are cold-blooded in their devious planning and perfect implementation. In a remarkable deviation from the typical Bollywood style, Wazir’s characters do not delve into the sadistic pleasure of avenging a wrong but concentrate on the final target.