Film Review: Wazir
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham (special appearance), Neil Nitin Mukesh (Guest appearance) and Manav Kaul
Producers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani
Story: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
Rating: Four stars
A game of chess is all about making the right moves. What if your next move fails to trap your target? There is no going back in chess and perhaps, more in real life. The Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s produced Wazir and executed by Bejoy Nambiar is a thriller about chest, friendship between Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) and Pandit-ji (Amitabh Bachchan) united by a common destiny to avenge the enemy. Heart pounding action and engrossing narrative, Wazir notches up the thriller genre to an octane level and spinning the web, churning surprise after surprise to make it one of the most delightful and best offering in recent times. Simply breath-taking and mesmerizing.
The Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar chemistry in Wazir remains the forte of the movie and both actors complement each other with utmost ease. Amitabh Bachchan is a maven at chess and as Pandit-ji confined to the wheel chair, he is sensational and delivers an outstanding performance that will fetch him several awards this year. The raw intensity and his eyes muscle doing all the talking, Bachchan doesn’t need to wave through his hands and legs to make a powerful impact on the audience. It’s a sheer delight to watch him perform in Wazir where he calls the shots. Farhan Akhtar plays a suspended ATS officer Danish Ali who founds in Pandit-ji an ally and he is effortless in all the scenes in the movie. It’s a treat to watch him perform and he is at his natural ease, displaying angst and loyalty for his friend that will fetch him accolades. Aditi Rao Hydari doesn’t has much to prove in the movie and the coy actress puts a good act. In a cameo, John Abraham plays the part he is asked to in a decent manner while Neil Nitin Mukesh is fine in his one scene.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a master story teller and creates one of the most gripping screenplay and narrative that keeps the audience glued. The screenplay is fabulous and tight that makes Wazir one of the most entertaining thriller of the year and credit to Bejoy Nambiar for executing the film in a heart pounding from start-to-finish. The first half is simply breath-taking and post interval, the movie takes off where it left. Very few films can do that and the narrative is not lost. The climax gives one goose bumps and doling surprise after surprise. That’s the catch about Wazir. The rippling effect is psychological and if one doesn’t follow Wazir, it takes a huge effort to get swayed back in the movie. Brilliant cinematography, sharp editing and fine technical aspects makes Wazir a winning fare for the audience.
Stand up scenes
-It’s an celluloid experience to watch Bachchan and Farhan playing chess in the middle of the night and getting swayed over Vodka, throwing light moments over Russian women. The scene is sheer delight and the frame competently captures the friendship between Big B and Farhan to make it one of the best scenes.
-The scene where Bachchan hurls a shoe on the car of the minister’s car and sitting stoic like a statue on his wheel chair is sensational. Simple expression but plain effective cum powerful. That’s acting at its best. What more can a lover of cinema asks?
-The climax where Farhan rushes to watch Bachchan leaving a video message for him leaves one spell bound by its rich execution and emotions displayed by actors. It’s a novel concept making actors interact, one sitting and the other speaking in a video message. It’s the Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s touch.
Fizzling out show:
There is a lack of chemistry between Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari during the romantic moments they share on screen which is a pity considering that the latter has a huge potential as an actor. Aditi has very less scenes and she should have been given more space to prove her worth. She can do wonders where she showed in the few scenes that she is not only naturally photogenic but excellent.
Director Bejoy Nambiar has brilliantly weaved Wazir, giving it the sharp edge worthy of a thriller and I’d call it the director’s cut keeping the scenes and narrative tight-cum-engaging. One can see the Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s touch, in particular, in the scene where Bachchan hurls the shoes and it reminds me of the novelty of capturing emotions that he did in Eklavya. Remember the screen that went blank! The amazing song Atrangi Yaara, sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar, with Vidhu making an appearance, in the end credit, is sensationally beautiful and one is hooked to it. A perfect ode to friendship.
Irrespective of Wazir’s box office collection, it doesn’t diminish the Vidhu Vinod Chopra-Bejoy Nambiar-Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar combined effort in starting the year with a bang. If you haven’t watched Wazir, hop on for you cannot afford to miss such cinematic brilliance.