Wazir ‘WAZIR’ is stylish and interesting, but predictable! With a short runtime of just quarter to two hours, instinctive performances and a decently paced screenplay, the film keeps you riveted throughout. However, the developments and even the climax can be made out from far before you actually reach there, thereby considerably reducing the ‘wow’ factor. Nevertheless, not taking anything away from its merits, the film provides a sensible start to the new year, and is worth a watch this weekend. WAZIR is a tale of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a brave ATS officer, brought together by grief. The two men decide to help each other win the biggest game of their lives. But there's a mysterious and dangerous opponent (named “Wazir”) lurking in the shadows, who is all set to checkmate them. Director Bejoy Nambiar, after “Shaitaan” and “David” yet again brings a film which excels in visual finesse and each frame is aesthetically pleasing. The scenes are paced well and the background score coupled with surefooted stead of the plot keep you riveted. But what this film lacks, is the excitement attributable to this genre. This thriller seems quite lazy and takes things as and when they come its way. The sense of urgency, which usually keeps even the viewers of a thriller on their feet, is missing. This makes the viewing experience extremely underwhelming to say the least. Even the end is predictable, though not clearly, but to quite an extent, which somehow spoils the impact of even the final serving that the film has to offer. The high moments are hardly there. While it’s all sensible and involving, it lacks the punch that can blow you away. Without that punch the film ends up being a mediocre tale that’s watchable. Performances are the real pullers here. The mere academic satisfaction of watching Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in the same frame is enough to pull you to the theatres. They both pass batons and carry the film steadily and seamlessly. Amitabh is effortlessly natural and Farhan Akhtar provides the much needed stability and strength to the proceedings in his own style. Manav Kaul is another great performer in this film, who gives the film the much needed grey flavour with utmost subtlety. Aditi Rao Hydari is competent in the little role that she has, and Neil Nitin Mukesh, who physically appears in just one scene does extremely well. All others are adequate. In all, WAZIR is a film that under-performs, yet not to be missed. Despite having an insignificant impact, the film is consistently involving. Worth a one-time watch!