Friday, 8 January 2016

Wazir :: Movie Review



Wazir helmed by Bejoy Nambiar is an intelligent movie that portrays the story two battered souls in a thriller format with strong undercurrents of emotional turbulence making it a descent one time watch. Nambiar's previous two flicks namely Shaitaan and David had one thing in common ; strong characterizations and slick,stylish execution which is very much evident in Wazir too. The highlights of Wazir are its plot especially the well etched out characters, bravura performances and its editing with a crisp run-time of 103 minutes. 

The story of Wazir has been penned down by Vidu Vinod Chopra where as the screenplay has been jointly written by Vidhu & Abhijat Joshi. The basic plot of Wazir is quite interesting with the narrative displaying the kind of unpredictable writing that we seldom get to watch in Hindi movies. The best part is how the game of chess especially the chessman (chess pieces) have been interwoven into the screenplay ; be it the mysterious character of Wazir or the other characters who have been shown as simply pawns in this broader game of life. A lot of the dialogues on life's whimsies expectantly use chess tropes for which due credit must be given to the dialogue writers i.e. Abhijeet Deshpande and Gazal Dhaliwal. Wazir is a story about friendship of two individuals with fractured souls albeit for different reasons. The common grief that both of them share is loosing of their loved ones. When it comes to their characterizations ; while one of them Farhan Akhtar is brave yet defeated by a personal tragedy, vulnerable and honest , the other Amitabh Bachchan is a wheel chair bound genius with bouts of wit and a mastermind. I liked the way the movie opens building up the swift romance between ATS officer Danish (Farhan Akhtar) and Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) without wasting any time. Their idyllic life suffers a major jolt when a tragedy strikes and they both are unable to come out of the grief. Hereafter, Danish meets Omkarnath/Panditji (Amitabh Bachchan) who is a wheel chair bound chess champion. Panditji lost his wife and his legs in a road accident. But fate plays a cruel joke in Panditji's life when his young daughter dies a mysterious death at Minister Qureshi's (Manav Kaul) residence. He is told that his daughter died after falling from the staircase at Qureshi's residence where as Panditji believes that she was murdered. Danish begins to investigate this case and soon Panditji is attacked and threatened by a mysterious man Wazir (Neil Nitin Mukesh). Who is Wazir, Will Danish be able to uncover the truth behind the murder of Panditji's daughter is what forms the rest of the story.  

Amitabh Bachchan as Pandit Omkarnath Dhar is as masterly as any fine actor be in Wazir. Right from his first shot, he takes possession of his character in the way, only he can. Bachchan exemplary portrays a character who often resorts to humor in order to overcome his personal grief and stay alive. He mostly emotes through his eyes and in his eyes you can see not only the desperation but also the strength and determination of a helpless father who is out to seek revenge.  

Farhan Akhtar has come up with another impressive performance in Wazir. He ably enacts the journey of a character from being emotionally drenched and anguished to a determined and loving friend out to seek revenge. His camaraderie with Amitabh Bachchan is the highlight of the movie. Farhan has a reputation of delving deep unto the skin of the character & In Wazir he literally looks like an ATS officer that he is supposed to play in the movie.

Aditi Rao Hydari proves her mettle as an actress by portraying the character of a grieving mother with utmost conviction. She looks truly captivating in the movie and has enacted her part gracefully in the movie.

Manav Kaul has turned out to be the surprise element of the film with his impeccable performance. As the power hungry Kasmiri politician, Manav looks malevolent and sinister all the way. His expressions are a treat to watch in the scene when Farhan visits his office to investigate about Panditji's daughter death.

Neil Nitin Mukesh plays his part to pitch perfection in Wazir. His devilish grin and evil antics stay with you for a long time after you exit the theater. Neil has made the most of the screen time assigned to him in the movie.

John Abraham has come up with a impressive cameo in Wazir. During his short stint on-screen, he literally looks his part of being an ATS officer.

Technically Wazir is a marvel. Right from its music (Advaita, Rochak kohli, Prashant Pillai, Ankit Tiwari), cinematography (Sanu Varghese), background music (Rohit Kulkarni) to its editing (Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi) is in tandem with Bejoy Nambiar's eloquent vision. As a director, Bejoy Nambiar once again proves that he is master of his craft when it comes to helming stylish, slick flicks. Though, he is let down by a convoluted second half yet he manages to engage you in the movie till the very end because Wazir remains true to its purpose, of conveying the emotions that underline the action.

ROHIT SHARMA. 
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