Directed by: Bejoy Nambiar
Produced by: Vindhu Vinod Chopra
Written by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi; Dialogue: Abhijeet Deshpande; Additional dialogue: Gazal Dhaliwal
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Manav Kaul
Music by: The film’s soundtrack album was composed by various artists: Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Advaita (band), Prashant Pillai, Rochak Kohli, and Gaurav Godkhindi. The background score was composed by Rohit Kulkarni while the lyrics were penned by Chopra, Swanand Kirkire, A. M. Turaz, Manoj Muntashir and Abhijeet Deshpande
Production Company: Vinod Chopra Films
Release date: 8th January, 2016
You would obviously expect a lot from Wazir. Well, you should. And you know what, you won’t even be disappointed. Wazir is that good. You think, before going to the theaters, that it could be boring, but with a run time of just 104 minutes, it is fast, pacing, emotional and intelligent. Never, during the course of the movie can you imagine that things would eventually fall into place in that way.
So the film goes like *no spoilers*, Danish’s (Farhan Khan) life undergoes a tragedy, which is created by the same person who creates tragedy in the life of Pandit Ji (Amitabh Bachchan), and hence, they meet. And then starts a series of emotional and intelligent (since these two words are there in the title, I am going to use them a lot) events, whereby Akhtar and Bachchan deliver outstanding performances.
Farhan Akhtar plays the leading role of a Anti-Terrorist Cop. His character is a very very dark one, which is evident just in the opening of the movie, when to catch a terrorist, he goes behind him, with his daughter in the car. After being ignored by his wife, Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari), he finds solace in Pandit Ji, as their stories are so much similar. Pandit teaches him how to play chess, and as and when he tells him about the steps the various characters on the chess board take, the incidents in Danish’s life keep happening in the same way, without him noticing.
Amitabh Bachchan plays the parallel lead as an old man who has lost his daughter and then his wife. He was also involved in the accident after which his wife dies, and he lost both his legs. He plays this man, Pandit Ji, with perfect ease. The lines on his forehead, the command in his voice (not a thing to say), the sense of revenge in his eyes, everything seem to just fall in place without any effort made on his part. It is all that easy for him. He too, like Akhtar, plays a dark character. In fact, I’d say that his character is the darkest of them all.
Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham appear in cameos, but they do their dark job perfectly!
Aditi Rao Hydari, as Ruhana, is the only ray of sunshine in the movie. She glows whenever she appears on the screen. Her presence brings light to this otherwise dark and intense thriller. But this is not her movie *no feminist issues*. The script demands of less of radiance and more of the color black!
And Oh, her chemistry with Farhan Akhtar is on point! Both of them nail at creating a couple hit by such a turn of events!
Bejoy Nambiar makes an extravagant comeback after David and Shaitan, which were, like Wazir, outstanding movies. His abilities to cast a thriller and maintain the suspense are beyond praise. Good going there!
The soundtrack is done perfectly, though it is barely there, but that is the essence!
All in all, despite the tiny flaws, like Danish takes sleeping pills but fights a group of terrorists, Wazir is a must watch for it’s pace, extraordinary acting skills, wonderful script and Aditi Rao Hydari’s warm presence.
My Rating: 4/5
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