Wazir presents how a battle can be claimed with a pinch of alertness and little use of mind; exactly what is done in the game Chess. Pandit Ji (Amitabh Bachchan) rules the script with his sharp moves to shape up the game played by Daanish (Farhan Akhtar) in a quest to find his daughter’s killer. The movie is a perfect blend of sturdy acts, emotions, mystery and thrill.
There are very few films in which all its characters compliment each other; Wazir is one of them. Big B’s character best gels with Farhan’s and the same flavour erupts when Manav Kaul and Aditi Rao Hydari participate in between.
While Daanish pushes himself towards Qureshi, Farhan takes a jump towards versatility in real life. After Rock On and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he has now once again proved that he is just perfect with characters that are intense.
In movies like Wazir it is more than a necessity that audiences don’t lose interest in plot but all thanks to sharp performances that whenever movie tried to fall towards boredom actors transformed themselves into saviours.
The bigger problem actually lies with the short time bracket of 1 hr and 43 minutes. There were so many elements in the film which actually needed some moments to establish themselves but when director Bejoy Nambiar tried to knit them all fast, the result lost its grace which it would had created otherwise.
Bejoy Nambiar's third directorial venture after Shaitaan and David has many of the visual and technical elements that are characteristic of his style.
What works really well for the film is the selection of cast, glassy cinematography and its haunting sound design. And what could have made it more engaging is more action, less drama, and a bit more of John Abraham.
Songs from the film are the other assets which soothe ears even on the dark backdrop of the film. Be it ‘Tere Bin’ by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal or ‘Tu Mere Paas’ by Ankit Tiwari, the music of the film stays with you.
Final Verdict: As the players Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar head smartly with the moves, the film finds it difficult to reach perfect check and mate. Watch it for high octane performances, incredible Big B and complimenting Farhan Akhtar.