The promos were gripping – with brilliant one liners, piercing expressions and some explosive actions.
The cast – temptingly awesome – Amitabh & Farhan – bankable performers
Written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, & Abhijaat
So we rightfully went to the theatre expecting a treat of an evening…
But regrettably, for those of us who went with high expectations of having a gourmet feast, this was like a meal at highway pub….
Wazir begins well, with a great opening sequence, where Danish Ali’s(Farhan) is eloquently portrayed.
The unexpected sighting of a wanted terrorist, the chase and accidental death of his daughter and his anguish at being responsible makes for a great narrative.
The break-up of his marriage, suspension from the Police force and the throwaway line at a police briefing that the terrorist he had killed had come to meet a politician are tightly shown.
The scene where he is in the rain, by his daughter’s grave battling with his demons and contemplating suicide is awesomely done…
Somewhere after this point the screenplay and the script fall & somehow never regain momentum.
Danish finds a wallet at the graveyard, he goes to return it and meets Pandit Omkar Nath Dhar(Amitabh) and here he gets entangled in the older man’s battle trying to get justice for his daughter’s death. Panditji is convinced his daughter has been murdered by a politician who has had a meteoric rise in Kashmiri politics and draws Farhan into his battle to pin the Qureshi.
There are many gaps in the screenplay- with no background checks or investigation, Daanish goes up to the minister’s office to ask him how the girl fell to her death in his house- I mean what kind of moron officer does that?
He finds the politician’s daughter and starts pumping her for info.
We see some menacing sequences of the minister threatening his daughter.
There are long background song sequences as Danish contemplates his lot, learns to play chess from Panditji which do nothing for the movie other than slow the pace.
Suddenly the Pandit, decides to throw a shoe at the minister – this acts as a prelude to series of bizarre events- a menacing Wazir comes to threaten Pandit, physically hurts him, makes threatening calls to Danish.
Danish gets drawn into the web of intrigue, where finally he sees Panditji getting blown while on the way to expose the minister in Kashmir.
Danish goes on the mission to find this “Wazir”, bizarrely decides the best way to get to him would be to beat it out of the minister and gets a buddy (who’s life he’s previously saved) to help him.
Shooting his way to an election meeting, where the minister is holding fort, he beats the hell out of the minister – who it turns out is a terrorist who actually killed an entire village-
There are happy news items…..but wait, the whole drama of Wazir was a creation of Amitabh who engineered the episode, so that Danish would avenge the death of his daughter…
The #1 rule of any suspense thriller is that it needs to have a gripping pace- this one meanders- there are needless long piercing stares sequences, which simply slow the movie & the background score slows the movie even more.
The audience is expected to believe an Inspector can get the phone of a minister tapped- seriously??
The supposed assailant Wazir openly claims he has been sent by the minister- but the police don’t investigate that.
In fact the thinnest plot line was Amitabh’s belief that Qureshi is the killer, because he saw it “in his eyes” – needed a bit more meat there.
The sequence in Kashmir, where he tries to find out who Wazir is by beating the minister senseless is farcical- and the eventual shooting of the minister anti-climatic!
The closing sequence where the whole plot is revealed via a play was quite well done & if the director had chosen to end the movie here, it would have been a bit better- rather than adding a who extra sequence of joining all the dots for us!
Amitabh’s performance is stellar as always- The scene with vodka chess is masterful! Farhan is good in bits, but so wooden in other sequences that it is painful to watch.
Others are just plain furniture, including the minister- Neil Nitin Mukesh is great in his scene!