Wazir starts off with ATS officer Danish Ali (Farhan Akhtar) and Ruhana Ali’s (Aditi Rao Hydari) world coming crashing down because of the death of their daughter while trying to catch a terrorist. Danish barges in, without authorization, on a raid on a sleeper cell that includes the terrorist whose bullet killed his daughter. As a result he is suspended from ATS. Ruhana drifts away from Danish holding him responsible for their daughter’s death Danish is heartbroken and even contemplates suicide. In walks Pandit Omkarnath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan) in his life. Panditji has lost his wife and legs in an accident. His daughter died ostensibly by falling down the steps but he suspects Kashmiri minister Izaad Qureshi’s (Manav Kaul) hand in her murder. Danish takes on himself to investigate Panditji’s daughter’s death.
The film has many positives going for it. The film has a strong plot, running time of just over a 100 minutes and a stellar cast. Amitabh Bachchan proves why he the grandmaster of Hindi cinema, his sly glances and shy smiles are intriguing and the ability to make even heavy handed dialogues seem spontaneous is unparalleled. Farhan Akhtar supports him ably, in fact the two together create magic. Manav Kaul and Neil Nitin Mukesh are good. Cinematography is classy.
The major let down in the film is the script. Considering Vidhu Vinod Chopra spent years perfecting the script, there are some obvious loopholes that he ignored. The first half of the movie is a taught thriller keeping the viewers hooked. It piques audience interest, believing the second half will enhance the thrill quotient, only to find the movie become a regular revenge drama. The end is pretty dumbed down. The film lacks the element of surprise. Had the film maintained the tempo it generated in the first half, it would have been riveting.
Still a one-time watch, especially for Amitabh and Farhan.
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Rating : 3/5
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar,Aditi Rao Hydari,Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham,Manav Kaul
Director: Bejoy Nambiar