Release Date:January 8, 2016
Cast:Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Manav Kaul, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham
Genre:Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 1 hour43 minutes
You may have all the right ingredients, but that may not necessarily guarantee a perfectly cooked meal. The same applies to the world of cinemas. Wazir can be easily classified in that category, since it has all the right ingredients, but lacks the genius of a master movie maker. The movie has a script by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, leading actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar, and a tightly packed story delivered within 1.5 hours. And yet, it somehow falls below the expectations of the audience. Wazir was supposed to be a smart movie and it is in many aspects. However, it could have been a lot smarter if the movie makers could have done away with the distractions.
As per Wazir’s story, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officer Daanish Ali (Farhan) is hot on the heels of brutal assassin Wazir (Neil), who is linked to Welfare Minister Qureishi (Manav). Daanish loses his daughter in a terrorist attack and is blamed for it by his wife Roohana (Aditi). Guilt-laden and disturbed by the thought of his wife leaving him, Daanish is almost ready to kill himself when, by a matter of chance, he meets wheelchair-bound Pandit Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh). Panditji too has a tragic tale about his personal loss, which draws the two men together. Panditji tells Daanish about chess, life, love and revenge, and his story prompts Daanish to investigate Qureishi. Soon after, Wazir makes an entry by attacking Panditji, triggering a cat and mouse game of treachery, cunningness and death.
Farhan has delivered a good performance in his role as Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officer Daanish. On the other hand, Neil seems to be a bit off the mark, as his actions appear tacky and overtly melodramatic. As far as performances go, Amitabh Bachchan has delivered yet another masterpiece in his role as Panditji. Amitabh’s character in the film will mesmerize you and show you why he is the grandmaster of this game.
Even with it flaws, the movie is a good watch. Go for it if you are interested in Amitabh Bachchan’sgreat performance, an interesting story, glassy cinematography, and riveting sound design.