Wazir Review: Watchable for Amitabh-Farhan pairing!

Wazir Review: Watchable for Amitabh-Farhan pairing!

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By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Movie Title

Wazir Review: Watchable for Amitabh-Farhan pairing!


Bejoy Nambiar

Star Cast

Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari

You guessed right. The powerful, taut Amitabh-Farhan chemistry is the best thing about the film. Their uneasy introduction, unlikely friendship, tense equation, and symbolic chess-playing routine are an absolute treat.

They share a common ground, these two characters. Farhan Akhtar’s Danish and Amitabh Bachchan’s Panditji are both grieving the loss of their children. They come together under such unsavory circumstances; in fact they first see each other in a graveyard.

Danish begins to frequent Panditji’s home, where he gets badly beaten at chess by the latter’s tiny students. Still, it brings a smile to his face to be among kids, and Panditji, glad to have a friend, encourages his visits.

Through games of chess, Panditji reveals that he suspects a powerful man to be behind the death of his daughter. Touched by this, Danish, a suspended cop, begins a bit of investigation, and gets intensely involved in the case. He now has to face the wrath of a mysterious man called Wazir who is threatening them for pursuing the matter.

The story is simple, riddled with cinematic coincidences, and even improbabilities. What make it special are the characters and the astute insinuation of chess in the film’s core.

From the title, to the story developments, the characterizations, and even a dance act - chess is at the very being of the film. And yet, one feels the film could have exploited the beauty and intrigue of the game to another level.

What the film gets right is the fabulous music, the delicate romantic track, and emotions of the characters. One of the most touching scenes in the film is when Amitabh’s helpless father stops his daughter’s murderer and all he can manage is to fling a shoe at his car. It’s an insanely helpless situation for the man, and we, as the audience are drawn completely in the moment.

Amitabh Bachchan’s masterful rendering of a parent grieving their child’s loss is incredibly palpable and moving. He has the audience in the palm of his hand, and we are with him in his journey - when he is initiating a friendship and offering a shoulder to a fellow grieving parent, or when he shifts from being brave enough to confront the murderer to sheer helplessness when he is unable to do him any harm. Equally formidable is Farhan Akhtar’s nuanced act, who juggles multitude emotions masterfully.

The pairing of these two powerhouse performers is an absolute treat. Manav Kaul matches step with a brilliant performance. One wishes the film had given more gravitas to Aditi Rao Hydari’s character, who appears as a love interest and is curiously photographed with a distracting glow.

Director Bejoy Nambiar (Shaitan, David) gives us an emotional, suspenseful film that mirrors the game of chess; however there are too many improbabilities to make this hit home. And that includes a sudden cameo by John Abraham who pops in just to assist our characters.

In keeping with the spirit of the film, one could say this could’ve been a winning game, but let down by a few faulty moves. Well-played, still, for the Amitabh-Farhan pairing.

Rating: 3 stars

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