Khel khel ke yeh Wazir samaj jayega!
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Haider, John Abhram, Neil Nitin Mukesh
Run time: 1 hour 43 minutes.
Wazir, the first and the most anticipated release of 2016. After the world wide war of Bajiroa Mastani and Dilwale, the audience were waiting for a new movie and then struck Wazir. As the name says it’s a metaphor for life. Unlike chess which is a game, life doesn’t give you chances. Directed by Bejoy Nambiar. This movie is marketed as thriller, suspense and an untold mystery. With utmost efforts it is a good start of the year.
As per the story line the movie begins with a song Tere bin which embarks the romance between protagonists Danish (Farhan Akhtar) and Roohana (Aditi Rao Haider). By the time the song ends, a tragic turn of events leaves the couple grieving and depressed. The movie traces Panditji aka Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh), entry in Danish’s life and their friendship.
To be precise, Daanish Ali is an officer with the ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad). He’s living a happy life with his kathak dancer wife Roohana and his daughter Noori. One fateful day, while out with his family, he happens to spot Pakistani Terrorist Ramiz driving by. He chases after him with his daughter along for the ride. Unsurprisingly, his daughter dies in the gunfight, and Ramiz manages to escape. Roohania holds Danish responsible for their daughter’s death and the two decide to stay away from each other. Danish finds an accommodation at his friend Sartaj’s place and gets to know about the whereabouts of Ramiz. And then Danish meets Panditji who use to teach chess to Danish’s daughter Noori. Danish too starts learning chess from Panditiji. While Panditji has his own story – his daughter was murdered by Kashmir’s politician (Manav Kaul) and Panditiji who is handicapped wants to take revenge from him and in this attempt of seeking revenge he uses Danish as his stepping stone and plots his own murder so that Danish kills the politician. In short, the Wazir is none other than Panditji.
To be honest Wazir is entertaining despite various flaws, the first half is intriguing while second half is too slow and messed up and by the time you think the movie might have twists and turns you know that it’s quite predictable. It could have been better and much more thrilling. There weren’t any new twists coming, the same thing was dragged over and over again.
With brilliant actors like Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan the movie didn’t utilise the power of the two. However these two actors did a remarkable job with their performance. Manav Kaul who is an ace actor and didn’t have much to deliver either, he could have been utilized in a better way. With his whatever screen presence as an antagonist he did a good job.
John Abhram was less than a guest appearance and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s screen presence was just blink of an eye. They were wasted in the movie. Aditi Rao Haider had nothing to do other than dance and she hardly had any dialogues as she is angry with her husband. The movie revolves around Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan.
Wazir uses high end philosophical notes to explain life when Danish says, “Galat chaal wapas nahi le sakta,” and Panditji reverts, “Yahi to farak hai shatranj aur zindagi mein, yaha dusra mauka milta hai,” too heavy to digest.
While the songs are below average and not at all peppy. The only song that one can think of after the movie is Khel Khel mein Khel Khel yeah rehjayega vocal by Mr Bachchan.
We recommend you one time watch only if you have no other movie left to catch up on.