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Wazir is directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham. The story displays a connection of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair bound chess master Pandit Ji Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) and a ATS officer Danish (Farhan Akhtar), who is suspended as he morns his daughter’s death. The story commences with Danish’s daughter being killed in a gun-firing encounter when Danish follows a group of terrorists. This leaves Danish destroyed and seeks revenge but also loses in his marriage life with Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) as they separate for a while. Danish meets a chess master who is also seeking revenge for his daughter’s death. But like chess, this is all a mind game for Pandit Ji to use Danish in making sure Pandit Ji gets the revenge he himself cannot seek, as he is wheelchair bound. This dark crime thriller gives a gripping twist throughout.

POSITIVES

  • Wazir is an enthralling dark thrilling action film where revenge plays a pivotal role in the story. From the start we get glimpses in to the love life, but what the film pays more significance towards is the revenge saga that is lured through mind games through chess and that has been carried out well by the filmmakers. Yes there are flaws with this, as you would like to see more interaction towards character development in their retaliation attempts. What is deployed through a game of chess, it teaches you in comparison of politics, it soon becomes a hunt through the demonstration of chess.
  • The first half depicts an instant start in the life of the characters, from their love life to tragedy and then revenge. Throughout we are kept focused as the way the film has been portrayed, helps keep you keen on what is yet to transpire. The second half proves no disappointed and maintains where it left off before the interval. I felt the writers and director penned out a well-crafted film, which clearly by no means has anything fancy or glamorous to help grab an audience’s attention instantly. From cast to props, to locations and scenarios everything is shown with an average look, which gives it more effect towards this grieving film.
  • The standout actors Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar have a friendship that is built up, this is a great prospect to see although it is later overshadowed by the story that a wheelchair bounded Pandit Ji tells. The way their stories are introduced leaves an evident effect on the viewers in wanting to see plenty more. But it was great to see something away from the losses both these men face of their daughters, the loss of their love for different causes, loss of hope in life but later they both get the strength for their own motives.
  • Dialogues are one to cherish, especially the ones that are narrated between Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. Those dialogues are noteworthy and ones that can either bring a smile to your face and there will be some that are serious dialogues, still wowing the audience for the way they are delivered. The movie screenplay is written well despite a few flaws, it is good enough to appreciate.
  • As for the action sequences, it was not over the top and nor was it shown in a way to distract, there will be plenty of gun firing, bone crunching fights, car crashes and explosions just to add to the madness. This was crafted perfectly to combine with the emotions that characters play. It is all admired well with good background sound scoring that helps increase the intensity of the characters intentions.

NEGATIVES

  • In the beginning we are introduced to Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao but what is expected to set the tone for the remainder of the film, it starts off with the biggest flaw. The song narrates a transition in life ahead, Danish comes to Ruhana’s house prior of a marriage proposal, then they are shown getting married, later they are at a hospital as she gives birth and next we are shown a grown up daughter. As this progression over the years occurs, the appearance of Danish and Ruhana does not change much and that leaves an instant distraction. Through the filmmaking vision, this was neglected and it sets up an impression that hopefully remainder of the film does not suffer in showing the flaws.
  • The film was short, it keeps you gripped and attached to it. But with the inclusion of a longer film, there could have been more added in terms of character development in particular with John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in their separate involvements to the story. As well as more interaction could have been showcased. I felt there was less build up and slightly disappointed on how easy it was for Danish to sneak through in shooting the politician. Lack of realism is shown here and it made the climax suffer in terms of action, but is saved through the emotions of the truth that the kid reveals that causes Danish to encounter the politician.
  • Despite the story being a strong one with power packed strategic action, it still has flaws that give the story away. It noticeably does make you question why and how, enforcing a predictable story closure. For example, wallet being left on the ground outside the graveyard, it gives it away to a sense that Pandit Ji wanted to lure Danish in to this game of chess. This chess game is the mindset in teaching Danish on how to tackle life obstacles and also a form in showing how everything is linked.

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  • AMITABH BACHCHAN – The legend keeps his status as the talisman, an admiring performance that one can only sit and applaud. He is given that screen space to experiment a range of emotions in this one role and he plays it with finesse. The grandmaster of chess really puts his mark in the film as the biggest thing in Wazir. A wheelchair bounded Pandit Ji is what is utilized through the story to unravel and he proves to be a worthy figure in exposing the climax.
  • FARHAN AKHTAR – The multi-talented star controls, sways and proves his worth by playing side by side with Amitabh Bachchan. Both carry the film and their roles are justified as they are given more screen time than others. Farhan plays the role of a grieving father and the revenge seeker well, adding to his versatility of roles. He dominates as a ATS officer on and off duty, worthy existence and effortlessly delivers what is required from him. He enlightens the screen with his remarkable acting that is filled with expressional prominence.
  • ADITI RAO HYDARI – She is given an involvement in this male dominated story, but she graces it well with her beauty and brings a glimmer of romance along with Farhan in this strong drama. Her expressions and eyes seem to speak for her character more as it gives away what she is going through, less dialogues and more expressions nail it for Aditi.
  • JOHN ABRAHAM – A cameo that leaves John Abraham sidelined from his first presence, he disappears for majority of the film and then is lured back and this is where he brings in a bit of his macho persona as well as the supporting act for Farhan. He has the type of role that plays some significance but it fails to spark.
  • NEIL NITIN MUKESH – Plays a villain, another cameo but at least his presence entices the story and keeps you eager to watch the rest unfold. He has more of a impact to the film and a role that despite being short, it still is something you walk away talking about. It does feel he could have had more of an attachment to help the story to be stretched; right now a good role seems way too short. But great effort by an actor who does not get to show his potential very often in movies, in Wazir he gave a glimpse of what is the talent that he has.

MUSIC

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Wazir soundtrack is average but does have some standout choices. ‘Tere Bin’ by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal is a collaboration that brings the romantic feel to this thrilling action film. The song does tend to be a bit too repetitive but still is admirable, that brings bit of happiness towards the films impression. Ankit Tiwari sings ‘Tu Mere Paas’ and this is by far the best song from the soundtrack. It is a calming and soulful track that leaves a striking bearing to the listeners. He sings with so much sleekness in this lighter track and that makes it an immediate repeatable song that you just simply cannot give a miss to. ‘Maula’ sung by Javed Ali who gives a good Sufi inclusion to the album, a gentle song that has a groove to it, eventually leading to a more engaging sound. Another favorite is ‘Atrangi Yaari’ sung by the cast, Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar who contribute their vocals. This is a good feel song where these two provide a worthy collaboration. Farhan blends in to compliment Amitabh’s vocals, not only does Farhan influences the song with his vocals but also adds his guitar skills to give it a nice touch as it leaves a smile to the listeners. Overall a decent soundtrack, the best songs have been selected and these ones do not disappoint.

WAZIR 3.5/5

The film is a laudable one to watch, well-made movie, strong script and powerful performances by those involved. Wazir is intense, attention-grabbing, twist and turns indulged in this strategic game of chess. Wazir deserves appreciation firstly for being a fantastic start to the New Year, secondly a crime drama that is made with good script and thirdly some exceptional performances by the cast of the film. You will be in for a treat in this short film, which deserves to have been longer. It felt too fast as the story unfolds, but with what has been shown, it will leave you captivated and raise many positive talking points. Watch this film only for the performances, story, and if you intend to watch a film that is not going to be the typical glamor orientated type of films. Only the storyline and the actors are where your expectations should be high. This predictable fast paced rollercoaster will thrill you and keep you on the edge of your seats, anchored with the on screen leads, Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan whom deliver a magnificent performance. Do check out Wazir as you will walk away at the end recalling back on what a good movie it was.

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