Time for Wazir’s move

The Vidhu Vinod Chopra film to finally release in cinemas on January 8 next year

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Farhan Akhtar, who plays the lead role in the movie, was blown away by its power-packed script. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Wazir, which was earlier slated to release in October this year, and was then pushed to December 2, will now release on January 8 next year.

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra says the delay happened because he wanted to improve the quality of the film. At the unveiling ceremony of the trailer, Chopra shared two reasons behind then delay. “First I was not happy with the special effects we were doing on Bachchan saab’s leg and, secondly, I never want to make a film in a hurry,” said Chopra.

“If we spend more time, we can make a better film. So we are taking time on every reel. If you remember, PK was delayed by six months. Why did we do that? Not because of any other films was releasing, we thought we need time.”

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Wazir, which has been directed by Bejoy Nambiar, will be ready by December 20. “I think rushing things up affects the filmmaking process. We like to make films with ample time at hand, we are not in any hurry, we are a bit lazy,” he quipped.

Farhan Akhtar, who will be seen as an ATS officer in Wazir recalled that, right after Lakshya was released, Chopra called him and said that he did not like the second half of the film. “Since then I respect his honesty regarding movies he makes or any of his work. That time he informed about this script and he wanted my feedback on that. That was in 2004 and the next time I met him was in 2014. When I finally heard the script, I was blown away.”

Wazir also features Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Aditi Rao Hydari in key roles.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2015.

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