2.5 Good

Amitabh Bachchan delivers yet another thumping performance in #Wazir. It's so heartening to see him get such meaty roles even at the fag end of his illustrious acting career. In 2015, he mesmerized us with his remarkable turns in Shamitabh and Piku. And right at the onset of 2016, Bachchan once again enthralls us with a multilayered portrayal wherein he goes through a gamut of emotions involving jest, sarcasm, angst, melancholy, euphoria, irony, and pathos in equal bits.

Here he plays a crippled grandmaster on a personal vendetta. And despite the heavy odds stacked against him, like an adept grandmaster maneuvering his pieces on a chess board, he must devise a foolproof strategy to exact his revenge on his powerful nemesis. Farhan Akhtar, to his credit, manages to hold his own against Bachchan save a few scenes wherein Bachchan completely steals away the thunder. Vidhu Vinod Chopra's admiration for Bachchan is well known and it reflects in the strong caricature he writes for Bachchan.

Bachchan and Akhtar get good backing from the movie's supporting cast led by the beautiful Aditi Rao Hydari. Alas, Wazir's rather loose plot fails to make most of the performances at display! One wonders what the film could have been if not for the shoddy screenplay. Nonetheless, Wazir performances make it worth a watch. But don't set your expectations too high or else you are bound to be disappointed.

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