Wazir movie review

Wazir movie review: Watching Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan joust and manoeuver around each other is this film’s high point.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
By: Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2016 9:56 pm
Wazir, Wazir movie review, Wazir review, Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Wazir movie Wazir movie review: There are many good things about ‘Wazir’. First off, this is a film that’s backed by writing. Look, look, a plot.

There are many good things about ‘Wazir’. First off, this is a film that’s backed by writing. Look, look, a plot. Hallelujah. Such a relief after so many plotless wonders masquerading as movies. Next, it brings back the actor in Amitabh Bachchan. And third, it respects our time, keeping things ticking at just over a neat 1.5 hours.

‘Wazir’ is about the coming together of two wounded men, very different in age and temperament, for a mutual purpose. Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) is recovering, with excruciating slowness, from a deeply personal tragedy; his wife Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) is suffering too, in her own solitary corner. He meets up with the wheelchair-bound Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan), and gets sucked into the latter’s world, which is full of light and darkness, the contradictions arising from a painful past loss, and a present trying to come to terms with it. Also read: Five reasons why Wazir can be worth watching

No time is wasted in building up the swift-yet-tender romance between Danish and Ruhana: Farhan Akhar is excellent as the anti-terrorist officer who uses both brain and brawn to tackle the mystery which lurks at the heart of the film, and ​grandmeister ​Amitabh Bachchan shows us, in a couple of beautifully-realized scenes in which he dispenses all mannered flourish, the skill sets he still possesses. I sat through the gripping first half without moving a muscle, for fear of missing something.

Wazir, Wazir movie review, Farhan Akhtar, Wazir review, Wazir movie, Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Amitabh Wazir Wazir Movie review: Farhan Akhar is excellent as the anti-terrorist officer who uses both brain and brawn to tackle the mystery which lurks at the heart of the film

Also read: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Wazir’ releases today 

The plot twists, and with it comes a menacing figure called Wazir, trailing blood and gore and death. The ploy is smart if literal, because of the film’s use of an actual chess board to tell us how to make moves. There’s a nice even if a little underlined metaphor at work too: life is like a game of chess, and we are all pawns at the mercy of the crafty `wazir’. Well played.

See Pics: Kangana Ranaut, Sachin Tendulkar, Wife Anjali Watch Farhan, Aditi’s Wazir

If the second half had been as taut, the film would have been riveting. But Bejoy Nambiar’s familiar penchant for manufacturing atmosphere comes in the way. The insistence on grand backdrops, impressive as they are, causes sporadic dips in pace, giving us time to see the punches being telegraphed. But while that’s going on, Manav Kaul’s power-hungry politician keeps us watching: he plays someone he is not with pleasing economy. And Neil Nitin Mukesh makes a comeback, even if sketchy and a trifle contrived.

There’s enough to watch in ‘Wazir’ despite its flaws. It reaffirms something we’ve always known: that there’s nothing to beat a plot-driven film (co-written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi). That the supreme importance in a thriller is to keep it going. And that strong performances are the pivot of any film: watching Akhtar and Bachchan joust and manoeuver around each other is this film’s high point.

See Pics: Wazir, Airlift, Kya Kool Hain Hum 3: Big Bollywood releases in January 2016

Satisfactory start to the year.

Star Cast of Wazir: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Manav Kaul, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Seema Pahwa

Director : Bejoy Nambiar

Watch the audience reaction on Wazir:

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App

  1. D
    Devendra
    Jan 9, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Wazir is amazing movies. Must watch Amitabh and Farhan............
    Reply
  2. P
    Parveen ghose
    Jan 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    5 star movie
    Reply
  3. S
    Syed Shahid
    Jan 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    Awesome Movie...I Luv this type of Acting. Aditi Rao Hydari, Farhan Akhtar, Amit sir....5 Star..
    Reply
  4. V
    Vineet singh
    Jan 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    Its a simple story told in an unnecessary elongated way. Not impressed.
    Reply
  5. A
    Amit Mitra
    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:33 am
    The movie is so much better than the article. The author perhaps needed to write so much of this and that and find "undertones" and "metaphors" to justify finishing college with a degree in English, Psychology, or dramatics. For most of the folks this one line review should do "No Nach Gana in the movie,but wonderful work by Farhan and Amitah, definitely worth watching."
    Reply
  6. A
    Architha
    Jan 11, 2016 at 9:44 am
    “Wazir” Amitabh's latest hit, Now also Amitabh bachchan performance spirit is too good and coming to movie Farhan Akhtar play's a role in which, he is an Anti-Terrorist squad officer, Amitabh ji plays a role where he on wheelchair-bound chess master Omkar Nath Dhar a Kashmiri Pandit Movie started spredding the magie, for more review subscribe on my wall “Movie Updates” in
    Reply
  7. P
    Prateek Jain
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm
    Very pakau movie...story is good..picturiation is very bad....all seens are in dark mode. No brightness.
    Reply
  8. N
    Nilesh Kumar
    Jan 10, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    I felt nice to see the character pla by 'Old' Amitabh Bachchan having the same spirit as of the 'angry young man'.It was worth being glued to the seat till last of his presence on the screen.Any shortcomings of film must be attributed to poor efforts of filmmaking sans acting part of the team.
    Reply
  9. Load More Comments