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Wazir – Fails to Thrill

My expectations from Wazir weren’t quite set when I went for the movie. But the first 15-30 minutes raised my hopes and I thought that it will be an edge-of-the-seat thriller.But that was IT! It was a Sine wave, which never made it up again. The thrill was too predictable and the twist too obvious.

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The moment Wazir entered the frame, and we got the first glimpse of an overtly theatrical Neil Nitin Mukesh, I figured it all out. And from there, it all went down the drain. Omkar Nath Dhar (Amitabh Bachchan)  is supposed to be a Kashmiri Pandit but his mannerism and accent is far from that. He hasn’t worked at all on his character in this movie. Why the partiality?  Didn’t he look, act and sound Bangali in Piku? Why does he appears the same in this character? Since Vidhu Vinod Chopra is from Kashmir, one would have expected more work on character building and maybe a background story too.

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Anyhow, moving to Farhan Akhtar, I guess the kind of intelligence he has, he must have not been convinced with the script somewhere, but he still tries to salvage some of it with his acting,  specially in the first few minutes as a father who is responsible for his daughter’s death. Aditi Rao Hydari looks pretty and although she has a smaller part, she delivers well.

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Manav Kaul, as always is outstanding and shines through in his part. John Abraham makes a small but impressive appearance. Neil Nitin Mukesh tries his best to be creepy, but is just ok. Bejoy Nambiar really needs to up his game and choose and deliver on crisper scripts.

And whoever said “Wazir has a tight script”, was probably ‘tight’ himself.

My Rating: 3/5
(Although am more tempted towards 2.5)

Welcome Back – Hamming Galore

Welcome Back gives you a sense of Deja vú. You feel like you are watching Welcome, again. Having said that, I wouldn’t call it a bad movie. You can watch it for the sheer presence of the evergreen Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar. As for John Abraham,  I think he should stick to producing movies, which he does best (Vicky Donor and Madras Café are proof to that). Act, he must not! Thankfully, his role is not too elaborate and he appears for very less time in the movie.Shruti Haasan is painfully bad, considering she has a great inspiration and a possible teacher in acting, right at home. She still has a long way to go before being called an actress.

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The story is juvenile but thankfully has a fast pace,  which is the saving grace here. Mallika Sherawat makes her absence felt in this one as her part is replaced by a lacklustre newbie, who’s the love interest for now reformed Uday and Majnu bhai. Both bhai’s are the only saving grace in the movie and together they make Welcome Back somewhat watchable.

The talents of Veterans like Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Dimple Kapadia are wasted but they still manage to steal the thunder in some scenes. Welcome at least had Akshay Kumar but in the sequel, casting John the ‘Hammer’ seems to be the gravest mistake, not forgetting the Haasan disaster.

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Towards the end, you can hear a few laughs from the audience at the silly but somewhat entertaining climax. To sum it, I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie in the theatre and judging by its content and the way things move in the movie world, you may be able to see it on TV next month. You can catch up with the buffoonery then!

My Rating: 2/5