WAZIR: “चाल का ना कोई चाल-चलन है”

Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes.

                                                                                                                                                   Viswanathan Anand

I expected this one to be a mental game. Why have I bothered to write about WAZIR? Three reasons: first; Amitabh Bachchan, second; the makers deserve a review because they have shown potentiality in trying to make a straight line thriller. The third reason you must be knowing; I have nothing else to do.

The film shows flashes of promise. Do keep in mind while reading this article that the writers and makers of this film are not a bunch of amateurs and this is not a comedy. They are the same seasoned writers who wrote Parinda, Munnabhai series, 3 idiots, pk and many more and, this time, they are claiming to have made a 140 min, slick thriller. My expectations were high. They are in question because the writing department is the main problem with this film. The screenplay, as well as the editing (both by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi), is incoherent and it seems that scenes are cut and pasted as snippets from a complete film of larger length. This seems the reason there are big logical loopholes throughout the length of the movie. These logical lapses become more and more prominent as the story proceeds towards the end. The two biggest ones, in my opinion, deserve a mention;

1. Panditji devices the plan which is the base of the film, because, as he says, he is a powerless, harmless, crippled common man yet he easily makes bombs, small and big ones, without any accomplice.

2. John Abraham, though being a police officer, agrees to kill an upright minister, considered as the messiah of peace by the people, against whom there is not a single doubt forget about evidence, just because Farhan Akhtar saved his life once. He also shoots at his  fellow officers. Come On! Are we idiots?

These are fatal mistakes in writing a thriller and cannot pass. There are several such logic defying flaws, but go and find them yourselves. These lapses disturb the flow of the story and audiences lose the connection. One does not feel for the characters. The script omits important details and, however, it spoon feeds the unimportant ones. This is insulting as a viewer and must be avoided in a thriller. The mystery revealed in the climax seems unimportant by the time story reaches there. It simply does not matter at all, by that time it is obvious. I seriously hope next time they would do better.

Coming to the acting department, this is the saving grace of the enterprise. Let’s make it clear; I am a Bachchan fan (of course, Amitabh only, don’t confuse) but that does not make him something beyond critical evaluation; I have not made him my religion. I must say, he should start charging the producers an “over-reliance allowance”. He proves once again, he has strong shoulders. Such is his brilliance that when he is on-screen, you would happily forgive the makers for the logical loopholes. Panditji is slightly convincing in this unconvincing plot.

Farhan Akhtar is genetically talented (by that I mean nature has not given him a choice, he has to be talented). His character is a cheap import from an average Hollywood cop movie. How many times we have seen our cop hero’s wife leaving him because she holds him responsible for the death of their child? He portrays that character effectively just by not trying too hard to convey the emotions. His blank face serves the purpose.

Aditi Rao Hydari deserves a special mention. I must say “बीवी हो तो ऐसी”. She looks very, very beautiful and acts well as a loving wife. I would have also memorized Ghalib and Shakespeare for her as Farhan did.

Oh! I forgot. I forgot the Wazir itself. There was Neil Nitin Mukesh. He looks good in his hair and beard colored black. He should consider this seriously.

To Bejoy Nambiar; I just hope; “खेल खेल में, खेल खेल के, खेल खेलना आ जाएगा “

Note: – The “Hope” thing mentioned at some places in this article does not, in any way, show the author’s optimism. This is a temporary effect called, “The Martian Effect” caused due to watching The Martian while writing this article. The author is, in fact, hopelessly pessimistic about the future of human race.