Bejoy Nambiar's "Wazir" (2016): An engaging cinematic experience that's part thriller, part character-study

Amitabh Bachchan enthralls with a multilayered portrayal 


By Murtaza Ali Khan (@apotofvestiges)

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Wazir, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Wazir (2016) - By Bejoy Nambiar
Our Rating: 6.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.4
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 102 min
Color: Color

Summary: A traumatized police officer is befriended by a grieving father who is being threatened by mysterious forces linked to terrorism.
Wazir is a 2016 action thriller film directed by Bejoy Nambiar who previously directed Shaitan (2011) and David (2013). Produced and co-written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Wazir stars Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in the pivotal roles. The movie’s supporting cast includes the likes of Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Manav Kaul with John Abraham making a special cameo appearance. Wazir revolves around an Anti-Terrorist Squad officer, Danish Ali, and a handicapped chess wizard, Pandit Omkarnath Dhar, who meet under strange circumstances and develop a strong bond of friendship.
Amitabh Bachchan as Pandit Omkarnath Dhar in Wazir, Rashtrapati Bhawan scene, Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Amitabh Bachchan as Pandit Omkarnath Dhar in Wazir
In Wazir, Amitabh Bachchan delivers yet another thumping performance. It is so heartening to see the legendary actor get such meaty roles even at the age of 73. And Bachchan seldom disappoints. In 2015, he mesmerized us with his remarkable turns in Shamitabh and PikuAnd right at the onset of 2016, Bachchan once again enthralls us with a multilayered portrayal wherein he goes through a gamut of emotions involving jest, sarcasm, angst, melancholy, euphoria, irony, and pathos in equal parts. Portraying the part of a crippled grandmaster on a personal vendetta, he never really misses a note.
Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan in Wazir, Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan in Wazir
Dhar is at a disadvantage owing to his physical limitations but he possesses a strong will and a sharp mind and so despite the heavy odds stacked against him, like an adept grandmaster maneuvering his pieces on a chess board, he must devise a foolproof strategy to exact revenge on his powerful nemesis. 

Bachchan once again enthralls us with a multilayered portrayal wherein he goes through a gamut of emotions involving jest, sarcasm, angst, melancholy, euphoria, irony, and pathos in equal parts. 

Akhtar shares some great moments with Bachchan in the film. And, to his credit, he does manage to hold his own against Bachchan save a few of scenes wherein the veteran actor steals away the thunder. Vidhu Vinod Chopra's admiration for Bachchan is well known and it reflects in the strong caricature he has penned down for Bachchan.
Aditi Rao Hydari and Farhan Akhtar share a cozy moment in Wazir, Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Aditi Rao Hydari and Farhan Akhtar share a cozy moment in Wazir
Overall, Wazir proves to be an engaging cinematic experience elevated by the performances of Bachchan and Akhtar. They get solid backing from the movie's supporting with a special mention of Aditi Rao Hydari who once again proves to be more than mere eye candy. Alas, Wazir's rather incoherent plot fails to make most of the performances at display! One can’t help but wonder what the film could have been if not for its weak screenplay. Nonetheless, Wazir’s performances make it worth a watch. The scenes shot in Delhi and Srinagar are extremely well done. Part thriller, part character-study, Wazir will certainly entertain the viewers as long as they don't set their expectations too high. Watch it for the delectable interplay between Bachchan and Akhtar!

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