The first Bollywood film of 2016 is all set to hit the screens tomorrow. Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari. The movie comprises of a team of talented people. So, the expectations were quite high. Let’s see if the film lives up to the expectations or not.
The movie is about Daanish (Farhan), an ATS officer. He is living a happy life with his wife Ruhana (Aditi) and daughter. An incident turns their lives upside-down. One day, a situation makes Daanish meet Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) who was his daughter’s chess teacher. A friendship grows between Pandit and Daanish, as they begin to bond over chess. Pandit reveals that his daughter was murdered by a politician and Daanish decides to investigate about it. Will Daanish be able to find why the politician killed Pandit’s daughter? Will he able to bring justice to Pandit? These things take the story forward.
The movie is written by Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The story of the film is really good and the screenplay too is engaging. In a suspense thriller, the most important thing is that it should keep the viewers hooked and Wazir does exactly that; every scene is engaging. Though in the first half the pace of the film is a bit slow, it doesn’t bore us at all. Full marks to Chopra and Joshi for that! However, it looks like while concentrating on writing a tight screenplay, both the writers forgot to focus on the minute details. Well, there are quite a few blunders, but one of them was hitting me throughout the film. How can a person without legs drive a car? Yes, you read it right – Amitabh Bachchan is shown as a wheelchair-bound man without legs and he drives a car. Yes, I know there are equipment that facilitate this, but the makers should have shown this in at least one scene.
Bejoy Nambiar has directed some really interesting films like Shaitaan and David earlier. And Wazir is not an exception. He has narrated the story brilliantly without going overboard. A great story required good direction, and Bejoy has done justice to the script. While his direction is up to the mark, cinematography and editing of the film is simply outstanding. The camera work is excellently handled by Sanu Varghese and editing done by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi is sharp and crisp. Editing plays a very important part in this nail-biting film.
At the age of 73, Amitabh Bachchan still has a charm to carry a whole film on his shoulders. As the wheelchair-bound Pandit, Big B excels. His character has a lot of layers and the veteran actor is nothing less than brilliant. Farhan Akhtar as Daanish is amazing. It’s not an easy task to shine in the presence of Big B, but Farhan leaves a mark with his fantastic acting. Aditi Rao Hydari has very less scope in the film; however, the actress is excellent in her part. And yes, she is looking a million bucks in the film.
Manav Kaul, as the politician, is good. John Abraham’s special appearance will be a treat for his fans.
Neil Nitin Mukesh deserves a special mention. With Wazir he proves that he is a fantastic actor – on screen as well as off screen. I remember reading an interview of Neil in which he had spoken about the film as if he plays the most important character in the flick, but he has only one scene in the film. Anyway, he is excellent in that scene, and you will wait to see him again till the end of the movie.
Music of the film is mediocre, but gels well with the film’s theme. Tere Liye and Maula are truly impressive.
Wazir Movie Review – Final Verdict:
Overall, Wazir is a package of an excellent script, perfect direction and a mind-blowing cast. However, if we could ignore the blunders, then this would have been a faultless flick.
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The first Bollywood film of 2016 is all set to hit the screens tomorrow. Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and stars Amitabh Bac...3.5