The pioneer of every row, Sir Amitabh Bachchan…The man who made Milkha Singh alive on the silver screen, Farhan…’Two idiots’, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi…This thriller had umpteen creative hands indulged in its preparation and sighing doesn’t remain a custom for me in this case. So, phew! But has this vizier been able to help the aforementioned emperors to conquer. OK! Here it goes.
“Wazir” is a sheer disappointment that largely describes the noun with its oscillations of a very high frequency. The film is a gigantic confusion that sometimes tends to a be thriller (poor) and the other times a drama (poorer). The year starts on a poor note.
“Wazir” is the story of a suspended (now) ATS cop, Danish, played by Farhan Akhtar, who has lost his daughter in the meanwhile of a gun-fire exchange whereby his spouse, Ruhana, played by Aditi Rao Haydari, leaves him.
Then enters on the frame, Panditji/Omkar Nath, played by Amitabh Bachchan. His wife is dead and daughter is claimed to have died by falling from the stair-case at Welfare Minister Izaad Qureshi’s residence. Panditji is a former champion of chess and employs Danish to look into the matter of his daughter’s death, which according to him, is a murder.
In the mean time, Panditji is assaulted by a mysterious man called Wazir.
Who is Wazir? Will Danish be able to win the match? Well you will have to watch “Wazir”, to have the answers for your psyche.
Story, Screenplay and Direction
The writers, Abhijaat Joshi and Vinod Chopra, have written a twisted tale that tries to ape the form of a thriller. You are never indulged in the proceedings because they are boring.
While refering the characters as pieces of chess impresses and one feels pity for the layered character of Danish. But, we are meant to be entertained too.
Bejoy Nambair, known for his works, Shaitaan (class) and David (crass), has done a job not upto the mark. The film hardly ever involves you and confuses an ordinary viewer.
Farhan Akhtar has done a mind-blowing job as Danish. He is actually the best thing about the film. Your heart will go out for Danish.
Amitabh Bachchan as the cripple Nath does a fine job.
Aditi Rao is natural to the core like always.
Manav Kaul is one hell of an actor. He is overwhelming.
Niel Nitin is impressive.
Music and Other Technical Aspects
Nambair has passion for background music but he doesn’t accomplish much here. You get a deja-vu of “David” here.
“Tere Bin” is an ear-pleaser but the other songs don’t add much.
Cinematography is functional.
Sau Baat Ki Ek Baat
“Wazir” doesn’t kick-start the year. The film is predictable and boring. The makers don’t win the Arjuna Award like Vishwanathan Anand.
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