The chemistry that Farhan and Amitabh share is so different and likeable
Wazir, an action thriller directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starts 2016 with an intelligent and slick film to remember.
Wazir is a story of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess expert (played by Amitabh Bachchan) and a brave ATS officer (played by Farhan Akhtar).
Brought together by a strange twist of fate, the two men decide to help each other win the biggest games of their lives without anyone checkmating them.
With Bollywood’s legacy of brilliant films, DESIblitz reviews Wazir and sees if it lives up to expectations.
Farhan Akhtar is outstanding in this film. Not only is he diverse in the different skill sets he has, from directing and singing, but he has shown that his diversity extends onto his acting prowess.
From playing the funny guy next door in Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, to playing a sports legend in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Wazir is another to add to this list.
Farhan is sincere and convincing in his portrayal of a brave ATS officer blighted by a personal tragedy.
Amitabh Bachchan is fantastic at his role as a wheelchair bound chess expert, Pandit-ji.
Once again in a new avatar, Amitabh delivers a performance that displays a whole spectrum of emotions.
The chemistry that Farhan and Amitabh share is so different and likeable. For the story to fall in place, their chemistry has to be convincing and it successfully delivers on this level, with impressive interaction between the two.
Aditi Rao Hydari who plays Farhan’s wife, supports the strong pair well. While most of her screen time is her being seen conveying one emotion only, it is effective and she is in the film just the right amount.
The film focuses enough on their love story, without shifting its aim of thrilling the audience.
Neil Nitin Mukesh plays a very unique role in this film but as much of a great actor he is, he is not used enough.
You leave thinking he’s wildly brilliant but wishing there was more of him in the film.
John Abraham makes a mere special appearance in the film but does well in his role.
Manav Kaul, who plays a grey character as a Kashmiri politician is brilliant. He is an underrated actor who people remember by face and not name.
He left a lasting impression as a politician in Kai Po Che, and again he does the same.
The film length is surprisingly short but it keeps the suspense alive. The screenplay has a no nonsense approach, and keeps the audience captivated right until the end.
Chess also plays a crucial theme in the film. From the film’s title, to its storyline and the references to chess, the game is nicely interlinked in the film’s narrative.
The film’s soundtrack is melodious and is used at the right points.
‘Tere Bin’, a love song between Farhan and Aditi is lovely, bringing us back to the days of old, when Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal were the norm for romantic duets.
‘Tu Mere Paas’ with Ankit Tiwari’s vocals is also a great track.
The script is cleverly written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, who have also written cinematic gems like Munnabhai and 3 Idiots.
Bejoy Nambiar’s previous work, including Shaitan, was well received by critics and hopefully Wazir will be the one that both the audience and the critics enjoy.
Wazir is more than just a thriller, but an emotional drama of two unlikely friends. Its slick screenplay, intelligent storyline and stellar performances make it a brilliant and enjoyable film to watch.
Wazir released from January 7, 2016.