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MOVIE: WAZIR

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CAST: Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh & John Abraham

RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2016 

Written by - Abhijat Joshi & Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by - Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Vinod Chopra Films)
Directed by - Bejoy Nambiar

Distributed By: Reliance Entertainment

Costume Designer - Shweta Sharma
Music - T-Series.


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MOVIE REVIEW ...

Wazir, meaning minister, is the chess piece that is more commonly referred to as the queen in English. Needless to say, the game of chess forms the pillar of the plot and many catch phrases originate out of the game as well.

WHAT'S GOOD?

#1. Cast 

  • Farhan Aktar simply cannot be praised enough. For this movie and for every other movie that he has ever done. The 42-year-old actor molds himself for each role that he takes on in a very unique way. His clothing, his hair-cut, his body language- his entire persona participates in the performance that he sets out to do. He is fabulous in this movie in the role of a ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) officer.
  • Amitabh Bachchan can, of course, never give less than what the director demands. He clearly is a director's man, willing to go to any length to do his part. Kudos to him for being what he is- extremely talented, energetic and elegant actor.
  • Rest of the cast do exactly what they were expected to- play their part to perfection. Manav Kaul as the minister from Kashmir and Anjum Sharma as fellow ATS officer are excellent. Aditi Rao looks beautiful and conveys more with less. Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham are impressive in guest appearance.

#2. Scenes

Every single shot/ scene in the movie is natural and quite simply put- nostalgia evoking in its simplicity for Indians living outside of India- the courtyard with green potted plants all around, the alley with concrete half-walls on both sides, the boats in Kashmir and more.


#3. Plot

The plot is interesting and intriguing- at first, in the beginning and then later, at the very end. In between it is so more in hindsight really. When the movie begins, you're all in, until you feel like that it seems to stray, lose focus with each passing hour. Luckily for the movie and for you, it winds up beautifully, each chess-metaphor falls in place, every lose end ties, leaving you impressed.


#3. Clothes/ Costumes

Farhan Akhtar's and Aditi's clothes are so well thought out that you have to mention this category. The neutral browns that Farhan has worn throughout the movie, the cut and the style- all seem quite literally tailor-made for the role. Aditi's casual anarkali suits during her Kathak rehearsals never go unnoticed - they stand out in the simplicity of the color and style.


And What's Not?

#1. Plot: Okay, I said that the plot is riveting in the beginning and leaves you astonished at the end, but getting to the end seems tedious at times as the pace is slow, albeit never boring. The plot appears to fall apart before it ties together. The characters give the impression of chasing irrelevant goals before its relevance clears in the end. Which is all good, except that the process has to be endured.


#2. Amitabh Bachchan's apperance - Amitabh Bachchan is handsome and elegant at 73. Whats with showing him half as good-looking and 10 years older than he actually is? You see this in Wazir, in Piku, in Bhoothnath. In Wazir, he is a father of a young girl, there is no reason for him to look shabby and 80. Desperate and handicap- yes, but unappealing and 80- no. If Farhan Akhtar is given a debonair image, why show Amitabh in better form? You see Amitabh during the end credits recording a song and the contrast shocks you. Let the man look his normal handsome self, for God's sake!



TO WATCH OR NOT?

If the movie had not ended so beautifully, I wouldn't even recommend it- largely due to the ample straying that it appears to do in the second half. But because the last 15 minutes are so well spent, because Farhan Akhtar looks so dashing, because Aditi's kathak costumes are so subtly elegant and because Amitabh's character carries the plot so expediently- I would say this is a good watch. However, if watch it at home, you'll be able to pause the movie at the right shots to point out what porch looks like in India, what scenes evoke nostalgia.  Add it to your wait-for-Netflix list and hope it is showed their.


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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