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What a waste of time energy and effort it is when a brilliantly set chess match with potential to become the bout of your life ends up being just a setting and nothing else? Wazir is exactly that, all decked up thriller with nothing of consequence in the end.
A tough cop and a disabled player are tied together in tragedy. They face a intended demon of an opposition that threatens to eliminate their very existence . Together the duo decide to brave he storm and fight, how they do it , with the finesse of a seasoned chess player is what this Vidhu Vinod Chopra written film is all about. Director Nambiar sets the tone of the film pitch perfect giving us a premise that promises some explosive mind games and thrilling action. What we end up with is one expected plot twist after another as we get into the main act of the film.
Much like the game of chess the film chooses as its motif, twists in the plot should have been like slaps out of the blue jolting you with their intensity and suddenness. instead one can smell them coming from a mile away, trudging along with the actors to see how the eventuality happens.
That thankfully is not such a big pain for the most part owing to the brilliant actors on display. Bachchan in particular has a knack of making the simplest of lines sound loaded with possibilities and menacing , giving a much needed lift to the films mood. Farhan on his part brings a raw brooding energy to his character but is let down in the second half once his Daanish is expected to do a Aishwarya from Jazba tenor wise. Aditi is a gloomy glowy presence from the past and shines in a small part nonetheless.
What does undo the ensemble is however Neil as the titular Wazir. To have the film named after his character is a responsibility that is tough and Neil is not up to it . He hams his way through the maniac act , eyes shining with mischief and madness for no apparent reason. Manav Kaul , who lurks in the background and does a good job of it would have been a much better choice for the Wazirs part perhaps ?
What Wazir lacks sorely is some magic , some slick styling and panache. It is almost like the cake got baked but no one remembered to jazz it up with some flavor and icing. It is not the start to the year at the movies one would hope for. So be your own judge on this one.