It's a known fact that currently Bollywood is crammed with mostly typical masala entertainers. But Bejoy Nambiar's 'Wazir' does not belong to that category. It is a completely different film sans the masala quotient. Filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar's last film 'David' failed to click with the audience, so let's just analyze whether his latest venture 'Wazir' will also meet with the same fate or will it manage to click the right chords with the audience.
The film tells the story of two unusual friends, a grief stricken ATS officer (Farhan Akhtar) and a paralysed chess grandmaster Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) brought together by a peculiar twist of fate as part of a wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives. The game of Chess is a recurring metaphor and forms the backbone of the story. To more know about the story and to find out what ultimately happens in the lives of both friends, we recommend you to go and watch the film.
Coming to terms with the acting part, without a shadow of a doubt, it's the megastar Amitabh Bachchan who steals the show for the most part in the film. It will be totally needless to doubt the acting prowess of the iconic actor since as usual, he is completely in his elements. Even though he plays a character who is physically handicapped, that does not stop Amitabh from dishing out a fine performance. He portrays each and every expression and emotion with flawless finesse. Farhan Akhtar who plays an ATS officer manages to do justice to his character and dishes out a commendable performance. Aditi Rao Hydari who plays Akhtar's wife, although didn't have much to do in the film, manages to give a satisfactory performance. Frankly actors of the calibre of John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh are wasted as they hardly had any screen time, these actors could have been utilised a bit more in the film to add that much needed edge. Manav Kaul who plays the antagonist is okay. Rest of the supporting cast help in carrying the film forward.
Cinematography of the film is satisfactory though there is nothing very extraordinary to mention about it. Editing part has been handled quite well too as the film is not too stretchy and the length has been kept to just under two hours.
Out of the six songs in the soundtrack of the film, the one which stands out is the duet sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar, 'Atrangi Yaari'. Rest of the songs fail to leave any special impact.
Although 'Wazir' is a film with a good storyline and a stellar starcast of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar, it still somehow fails to deliver to the level of the expectations of the audiences. The film starts off on a promising note but starts losing its steam as it progresses, because of too many dull moments. Director Bejoy Nambiar falters in his direction and fails to add the much needed steam and edge to the film. Had this been achieved, then the film would have definitely secured its place as the first blockbuster of the year. But the film has its moments in bits and parts and also makes up for the intial slow pace with a shocking climax.
As already mentioned earlier, 'Wazir' is not your typical masala fare. Frankly you might also get disappointed if in case you are expecting an out and out extraordinary spectacular just by taking into consideration the starcast of the film. But still 'Wazir' is worth a one time watch and especially if you want to see it for the performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. We are going for a two and a half stars for 'Wazir'.