Bejoy Nambiar made a strong debut in the Hindi film industry as a director with the boisterous ‘Shaitan’ a few years back. Then he made an ambitious dud in the form of ‘David’ which didn’t click. Now he’s back directing a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production not only starring Amitabh Bachchan but also the choosy Farhan Akhtar. So expectations are bound to be moderately high for Wazir. Does it deliver on its promises and start the year on a high?
Story: Danish (Farhan) is an anti terror squad officer who has been suspended because he exacted revenge on the terrorist who killed his four year old daughter. His wife is distraught at their own child’s death. He meets Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) who is a chess instructor. Panditji as he is called because he’s a Kashmiri Pandit, is a chess instructor. He also has a tragic past as he also lost his daughter and wife in an accident where he became a paraplegic. Whilst trying to uncover the accident/murder of Panditji’s daughter, he falls deep into a crevice of mystery which can engulf his whole life and being. Is he able to overcome all these obstacles? To find out watch the movie!
Screenplay and Direction: Bejoy Nambiar seems to have foregone his visualistic style for an easier narrative that has been shot well. Wazir is a short thriller (runtime of 1 hour 42 minutes) which has some of the finest story building for any thriller in Bollywood but eventually comes short as it teethers towards the end. The revelations and the twists don’t leave the sort of impact that they could have. Eventually, it feels like an anti-climax as the buildup promised a modern classic. One major problem with Wazir is that it acts the way we expect it to work. It doesn’t surprise. And that coming from Bejoy Nambiar in itself a huge surprise! Wazir ends up as a disjointed failed enterprise.
Wazir isn’t as stylishly shot as Shaitan or David, as it makes do with rather mundane Bollywood cinematography. The action scenes are well choreographed, however. The sets and production design are realistic and don’t stick out like a sore thumb in the ultra realistic world of Wazir. The costume design is good. The music is better than we’d expect from a thriller and manages to give us decent atmospheric songs and background music.
Acting: Farhan Akhtar is miscast as Danish as he’s not able to move past his set of expressions. He’s good as the brooding officer but as the vengeful father he falls short. Amitabh Bachchan is at his usual best as the role suits him to the tee. The free flowing dialogues suit Bachchan better than anyone else and he does a commendable job at it. Aditi Rao Hydari is decent as the depressed mom and she looks beautiful too. However, the one actor who manages to steal almost all the scenes he’s in without ever resorting to over expressions is Manav Kaul. He’s a terrific actor we wish we saw more of!
Conclusion: Wazir is a solid taut thriller if you go to watch the movie without knowing about it or any thrillers ever. For seasoned movie buffs, Wazir disappoints. The great buildup comes short towards the end as the director seems to have thrown everything at us in hope of at least one of those things doing good. Unfortunately, the damage is done in the shape of the disjointed storytelling. Wazir is the perfect example of a missed opportunity which can be given a chance for the potential itself.
- Performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Manav Kaul
- Action choreography
- Sets and costume design
- Music and aesthetics work
- Farhan is miscast
- Visualistic style of Bejoy Nambiar is missing
- Screenplay is disjointed
- Twists don’t have a lot of impact
It will still be better than crappiest film of 2015. PRDP.
Looking at all these reviews, I am very confused regarding the film.
First Flop of 2016. Congrats in Advance to All Team of Wazir
My wazir review
Terrific 1st half with strong emotional scene and a superb intermission scene that marks the entry of Wazir (neil). But the 2nd half disappoints bcz of predictability. Overall good film. Amitabh was outstanding. He is the soil of the movie. His chemistry with farahan is apso superb. Action sequences are well choreographed. John neil cameo was good
overall rating-3.25/5 .good start to the year
Another bad review by indicine. Everything is fantastic abt this website except for the mostly pathetic reviews.
Farhan was Terrific in the film especially in the 1st half as the father suffering from guilt for not being able to save his daughters life
Will watch it tomorrow probably!
I loved Bejoy nambiar’s DAVID..There was no chance of it succeeding at the boxoffice but I simply loved the concept!
90% of critics are giving 2.5 means average.
Thanxs @indicine i was planning to watch it over the weekend but after reading this review not sure now
lifetime below 30 crores
Lost the expected hopes!! Buzz in trailer.. nothing in the movie!! :(
Then we starting year with flop.Really I appreciate people rejecting routine rotta movies.I m fan of SRK & Akshay in Bollywood.In south also people rejecting routine movies.I liking Indian audience.
Will Watch it tmrw.. I love these Kinda mOvies.. and watching Amitabh on Big screen is more than Enough Reason
Remove farhan from ranking system…!..
And include ROY as ranbir film….
So after JJ … Ranbir will b 14th ranked actor…
Farhan was so better Director than an actor.
First flop of the year
Worst critic of all time!
You gave for Crap Movies like:PRDP-Dilwale-Finding Fanny-HNY- and etc 4star!!!!!!
and classy movie like wazir 2.5 star????
Are you mad?
Planning to watch the movie on Sunday. Hoping not to get disappointed. I am a big fan of strong story line and tight screenplay. Yes, the reviews have been mixed but can’t pass a smart movie.