Directed by Bejoy Nambiar. With Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham. A traumatized police officer is befriended by a grieving father.
The movie revolves around two unusual friends. Amitabh Bachchan is a crippled chess grandmaster and Farhan Akhtar is a grief-stricken ATS officer two different individuals who are brought together by a twist of fate which is a part of a wider conspiracy. Evil forces lurk around casting a shadow of fear and doubts in their life which now hang in a delicate balance. Danish Ali played by Farhan Akhtar is a suspend ATS officer who lost his daughter in a gunfire exchange between him and some terrorists. His wife blames him for the mishap and he is suspended from his position. A depressed and broken Danish contemplates suicide till he meets another hurting but hearty soul former chess master Omkarnath/Panditji. A brilliant chess master who lost his mobility and his wife in an accident and his daughter in a far more heart wrenching manner. Danish is approached by Pandiji to look into his daughter?s suspicious death and in the meanwhile Panditji is also being hunted and haunted by a dark mysterious man called Wazir. While the story and the plot promises a great deal of intrigue, they fail terribly at delivering these promises. To begin with the story has a predictable narration which is a failing point for a thriller movie. Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra who in past have given us some wonderful stories don?t live up to the expectations this time. The writers fail to build up and keep up the anticipation which is the key factor of a mystery movie. There are far too many loopholes to miss and lack of detailing ruins even the most interesting parts of the movie. While the chemistry between the lead cast is exceptional, this sadly is the only saving grace of this movie. The reference that this movie makes to chess is one of the fascinating things including the name of the antagonist which incidentally is the title of movie ?Wazir?.The performances have been good all around. Farhan Akhtar is exceptional. He keeps getting better with each movie. Farhan manages to capture and portray the transition of Danish from a depressed suicidal cop to a driven man. Amitabh Bachchan was his brilliant self. His deep rumbling baritone makes any dialogue he utters splendid. Neil Nitin Mukesh does a fantastic job. His gleefully evil ways and malevolent tactics will scare you. Aditi Rao Hydari does a fine job. She manages to emote well with her eyes. John Abraham is wasted as he has just a cameo. Bejoy Nambiar is an able director his past work has proved that however he fails to deliver well this time and does not live up to the expectations. While the first half wasn?t bad, the second half suffers terribly. The cinematography is quite good and so is editing. The movie of decent length and the work is evidently crisp and sharp. The action is quite routine. The background score is decent and the music is quite good. There is no scope for choreography. The locations are quite good and the production value for this movie is good. While this movie claims to be a thriller, what it is, is a half-baked meal. This movie is not a real good way to start this cinematic year.