Wazir Review



Movie: Wazir

Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)

Star Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Amitabh Bachchan, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham

Director: Bejoy Nambiar

What’s Good: Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar deliver strong performances in spite of the obvious plot.

What’s Bad: Predictability and loose sense of detailing are the biggest giveaways for this thriller. Based on an intelligent game like Chess, the writers seem to have played their weakest moves.

Watch or Not?: If you were planning to watch Wazir as a thriller then no point!


Danish Ali ( Farhan Akhtar) is an ATS cop who is grieving his daughter Noorie’s death after she gets shot in a gun-fire exchange between him and some terrorists. Burdened with the guilt, Danish even contemplates suicide. His wife Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) too blames him for losing their daughter and distances herself from him.

Thanks to his reckless act as a father as well as a cop, Danish is suspended for a span. In the meanwhile, he meets an interesting personality, former chess master Omkarnath /Panditji ( Amitabh Bachchan). He is a wheel-chair bound Chess champ who has lost the game of his life. Panditji’s wife is killed in an accident where he loses his legs but his fate gives him a bigger jerk when his young daughter Nina dies a mysterious death.

Panditji soon approaches Danish to look into his daughter’s death case. She is claimed to have died after falling from the staircase at Welfare Minister Izaad Qureshi’s residence. Panditji suspects that it is a murder and soon Danish hops onto this investigation. During this investigation, Panditji is attacked by a mysterious man called Wazir.

Who is Wazir and will Danish be able to track him down and uncover the truth behind Nina’s murder is what the story further unfolds into.

Two talented people like Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi work on the script of this film and you wonder how can they go so wrong. The basic plot of Wazir is actually quite interesting but the lack of careful detailing ruins it. In most of the scenes that are expected to suck you into the story and make it gripping, the writers fail to build the anticipation as they lay their cards face up.

Other than a major twist in the film that comes towards the end, the makers could have made sure to keep Izaad Qureshi’s character a little mysterious too. He is a baddie and we know it right at the start. Other loopholes in the story are quite evident such as in spite of being suspended, Danish has the powers to call for a ‘Nakabandi’ or even facilities such as phone tapping etc. Another flaw would be Danish posting a letter to Ruhana from Kashmir, explaining his actions.

What is fascinating about the story, on the other hand, is the way it keeps making references to Chess. Whether it is the mysterious character of ‘Wazir’ or the way the writer’s explain the behavior of their characters.

When it comes to characters, the layering that Danish’s character has is certainly impressive. He is vulnerable, honest, loving and broken all at once.

Farhan Akhtar seems to grow as an actor with each film. As Danish, he does a brilliant job. We loved the way we see him going from being broken down and suicidal to being so driven by the friendship that he can even kill for it. Farhan delivers a nuanced performance.

As always Amitabh Bachchan does a fine job as his character of Pandit Omkarnath. His camaraderie with Farhan looks quite natural and they make up for some of the best scenes in the film. Also, just the way he says, Khel Khel Mein is superb.

Aditi Rao Hydari has a minimal role and hardly any dialogues. She is expressive enough in the scenes that require her to emote as a grieving mother.

Neil Nitin Mukesh scares the hell out of you with his evil antics. He does not have much screen time but the frames that he appears in are quite unforgettable.

John Abraham is completely wasted in the film with a character that has no detailing. His cameo hardly makes a difference to the story.

Wazir is a missed opportunity. It is a story that could have been gripping but suffers from a bad treatment, thus leaving you disappointed. Farhan and Big B do their best to save this botched up plot but they can’t. So basically, it’s like the audiences will end up saying Check Mate to the makers.

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