Verdict: A predictable storyline carried ably by the lead actors.
There have been too many eager eyes waiting for the first major Bollywood release of 2016. Wazir had the hype going for all the right reasons – Farhan Akhtar’s first action flick, a Vidhu Vinod Chopra film, Bejoy Nambiar in the director’s chair and of course, Mr. Bachchan. And to spike the curiousity with a sleekly-cut trailer? Good move!
Cometh the hour, Wazir has a few too many promises to deliver and almost exhaustingly manages to do that. Based in New Delhi, Wazir is the story of tough cop Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) who, post a personal tragedy, finds himself falling deeper in guilt and depression. All this, before he meets an aging, wheelchair-bound chess instructor Omkarnath Dhar aka Panditji (Amitabh Bachchan). Panditji offers Danish more than just hope; he has friendship, a purpose to die for and of course, free chess lessons to proffer as well. And Danish grabs them all with both hands, as he sets off to right all that Panditji has been wronged.
Wazir comes complete with healthy doses of crisp action sequences, a plot with its fair share of twists and turns and good ol’ Neil Nitin Mukesh. An inconsistent pace mars the movie. There are more than a few instances when you will find the plot building up steadily and then before a “ta-da” moment, the focus shifts to something else.
The movie has its very decent moments. An ambush on a group of terrorists at the beginning of the movie thrills. Some tête-à-têtes between Danish and Panditji are endearing. Farhan Akhtar impresses and successfully holds his own before Amitabh Bachchan but that also speaks a lot about the latter’s performance, which might not be one of his best but you will still find it hard to think of any other actor to essay the role of Omkarnath Dhar. Aditi Rao Hydari is a distraction. You will also wonder why John Abraham is credited with a “Special Appearance” when he enjoys more time on screen than Neil Nitin Mukesh. Manav Kaul playing Yazad Qureshi, a Kashmiri politician deserves a special mention. He has formidable screen presence and delivers an incredible performance.
By the end of Wazir, you will know you haven’t watched anything very novel. The plot, the ultimate reveal are, for the lack of a better word, very predictable. You’d still do better than give this one a miss. A good thriller doesn’t come by every day. Wazir is almost there.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch it for the two lead actors and the fine performances both deliver. Beyond the guns and the thrills, Wazir is also a movie about friendship. Both Akhtar and Bachchan flesh out a beautiful relationship between Danish and Panditji very convincingly.