Director: Neeraj Pandey
Starring: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill
A Wednesday Review: A Wednesday’ is a brave attempt which makes a commentary about the social and political fabric of India. In the recent past, many Hindi movies have treaded along this path and sought to bring in a revolution in at least the way people think about issues. ‘A Wednesday’ is a welcome addition to that league. It mocks the government, reminding it of the duties it ought to be performing as the caretaker of the common people. Another thumbs up for showing the power of the common man and stating in no uncertain terms that religion is secondary to nationality.
And the best part is that all this social commentary isn’t preachy so to speak. All this is a byproduct of an engrossing edge of the seat thriller with great performances by veterans – Nasseruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Even the lesser knowns – Jimmy Shergill, Aamir Bashir and Deepal Shaw shine in impactful roles.
The story revolves around an anonymous man (Shah) who calls up the commissioner of police (Kher) and informs him about the bombs that he has placed. Bomb blast is something that I personally am scared of. It had ripped Mumbai in 1993 and then in local train and bus. Only people stood by each other. It followed thru out the country. And what can one common man do? The movie itself is only one and a half hours – half of what Bollywood movies usually are. Then he has not shown the police administration either as corrupt or the bookish kind of honest. He has probably taken the real view of police department And then the cast. Naseerudding Shah is one actor who can crawl under the skin of any character. Be it the coach in Iqbal or the pirate in The League of Extra-ordinary gentlemen. Then there is Anupam Kher whose acting abilities are still not tapped to the best by any director. These two stalwarts make-up this movie. And this movie does not have him in a stereo typical dads role. Nothing in the movie is out of context. Well-acted, well-directed, well-scripted, well-executed.
A well scripted affair; it has some masala and cheesy lines which has enough juice to get the sub-urban masses whistling. It caters to every Indian — Niche or Urban and should not be missed.