Check And Mate: Wazir Sizzles With Splendid Performances Despite An Insipid Storyline!

What do you expect when you throw in Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in the same movie? Performance par excellence, isn’t it? Amitabh and Farhan are the crème-de-la-crème of Bollywood, and you expect an entertaining experience when these two stalwarts join hands. Wazir is no exception to the rule; however Bejoy Nambiar has not been able to live up to his name in the movie. Known for his directional finesse, which is evident in Shaitan, Wazir is quite banal in its approach.
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Wazir was a long-awaited movie and yes, the masses crave for stellar movies, which tantalize the senses. Thrillers after all attract a lot of interest. Wazir begins intensely where ATS officer Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) is brooding over his daughter’s death due to a botched up terrorist operation. The freak incident has left Danish and his wife Ruhana (Aditi Rao Hydari) in grief. While Ruhana thinks their daughter could have been alive, hadn’t it been for Danish’s recklessness, Danish tries to bring himself out of the emotional shambles with the help of Chess. He has a tete-a-tete with Pandit Omkarnath Dhar(Amitabh Bachchan), a chess grandmaster, who loses his limbs and wife in an accident. He convinces Danish to divert his attention to chess.
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This is the part which actually shows the prowess of the director. But, of course, like every Bollywood movie, there is a twist to the storyline. Here is where Bejoy mixes it all up.
Panditji’s daughter dies under mysterious circumstances owing to a staircase tumbledown in the Welfare Minister’s (Manav Kaul) house. He is not convinced that the incident is not what it looks from outside. Smelling something fishy, Farhan takes up the role of a sleuth investigating a closed case. Things start getting ugly as the probe digs deeper. Then, Wazir( Neil Nitin Mukesh) surfaces, and what follows next is a melee. Bejoy Nambiar, the director, is an excellent director, but here the storyline becomes predictable. The audiences would have loved if it was a tingling mystery shrouded by an unexpected climax.
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Neil Nitin Mukesh dazzles in his approach to the role of Wazir, but his style has glimpses of Hollywood blockbusters. Even Manav Kaul is impressive in his role. Overall, the movie is a mixed bag. It could have been both a blockbuster and a critically acclaimed movie, but it still manages to be a paisa vasool film. Let’s see how the film fares at the box office.