Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wazir (2015) - Review

A grieving father, ATS officer Danish (Farhan Akhtar) who loses his daughter in a sudden turn of events, is looking for a reason to live or rather not, when destiny brings him in acquaintance with Pandit Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan). Dhar, a wheelchair bound chess teacher is himself struggling to get over the death of his daughter. Her death, Dhar suspects, isn't a mere accident (as reported) but a murder that had a minister's (Manav Kaul) involvement. He wants to dig out the truth.

Danish and Dhar find solace in each other's company and their bond deepens as they become one another's support system in this time of misery. Farhan and Amitabh Bachchan's chemistry is the strong point of this film. Their conversations bring the film alive. Their vodka-chess sessions, reflections on life, wry humor keep your enthralled.

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The talented Manav Kaul (who I loved in Citylights) is convincing in a brief role. Aditi Rao Haidiri, playing Farhan's wife, has absolutely nothing to do in the film. The film slows down in the brief moments that she appears, with the same song playing in the background in bits throughout the film. (Ankit Tiwari in his depressive nasal vocals gets annoying beyond a point!).

A solid, edge-of-the-seat first half coupled with superlative performances from the lead duo heightens expectations. It creates enough tension and suspense, but that, however, simmers off somewhere in the latter half. It becomes predictable after a point and feels like it's trying too hard. Somehow, all the thrill and intrigue built up doesn't quite lead up to render an experience as satisfying as one hoped it to be. Thankfully, it's wound up without wasting too much time.

Overall, Wazir makes for a one-time watch.

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