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A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 September 2008 (India)
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A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director:

Neeraj Pandey

Writers:

Neeraj Pandey (story), Neeraj Pandey (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anupam Kher ... Prakash Rathod
Naseeruddin Shah ... The Common Man
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Arif Khan (as Jimmy Shergill)
Deepal Shaw ... Naina Roy
Aamir Bashir ... Jai Singh
Kali Prasad Mukherjee ... Ibrahim Khan (as K. P. Mukherjee)
Mukesh Bhatt ... Khurshid Lala
Gaurav Kapoor ... Ajay Khanna (as Gaurav Kapur)
Chetan Pandit Chetan Pandit ... Chief Minister
Virendra Saxena ... Babu (as Virendra Saxsena)
Snehal Dabi ... Sambhu (Electric Baba) (as Snehal Dabhi)
Rohitashv Gour Rohitashv Gour ... Ikjhlaque Ahmed (as Rohitashv Gaur)
Vije Bhatia Vije Bhatia ... Mohammmad Zaheer
Aayam Mehta Aayam Mehta ... Chief Minister's PA
Rajendra Chawla Rajendra Chawla ... PA Assistant
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Storyline

A man calls up the Mumbai police, and tells them he has placed five different bombs in the city -- all set to go off in some time. He wants four terrorists in exchange. Does he get them? Who is behind it all? What's his motive? Is there more than meets the eye? Written by Saurabh Roy

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Common Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, India See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,256,911
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (super 35mm)
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Trivia

The film received great acclaim and was a big hit. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 18 minutes into the film, Rathod introduces Jai Singh as a Sub Inspector (SI). But the epaulets would make Singh an Inspector, one rank above an SI. See more »

Quotes

Prakash Rathod - Commissioner of Police: Who were the faces of the morning?
Jai Pratap Singh - PIArif Khan - ATS Officer: Own
Prakash Rathod - Commissioner of Police: Oh, Complete the operation and come for drink in the evening at my place.
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Crazy Credits

The names of both the primary actors Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah appear together. See more »

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Nazar Lage Na
Written by Irshad Kamil
Composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury
Performed by Shaan and Mahalakshmi Iyer
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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A breathtaking picture that is both relevant, important and entertaining.
12 June 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

What can be said about this film? Like many other films made recently, this one is different from the typical Hindi masala flicks (nothing against them, I think they're wonderful), there are no songs, there is no combination of different genres in one film, it is not a three-hour film. It's a simple, small film of one hour and a half, yet it succeeds to depict an entire world in this limited time.

The story begins as an ordinary thriller about a common man who calls the police and informs them about 5 bombs he has allegedly placed all over Mumbai, which he'll get exploded if they don't release four terrorists. The way every scene is carried by the director is very impressive and the dialogues are realistic. The film flows as a great thriller as time passes by, but then unexpectedly becomes into a dramatic story as it unfolds the motives of this common man.

The film does not want us to side any party, it wants us to understand the consequences of war, violence and hatred. It wants us to understand how it affects ordinary people. The story is not bigger than life, nor does it intend to be one. The fact that Naseeruddin Shah's character is unnamed only contributes to the universal message of the film.

There are many sequences of different people shown in different portions of the film which are just amazing. The one when the officer played by Anupam Kher asks the policeman played by Aamir Bashir about his family status, and his willingness to find the bomb. The guy answers that he's married with a recently born baby girl, yet he'll do anything to find the bomb. Another, when Naseer recalls the young nice guy he met every day in the train, the one who was preparing to marry someone, and gets killed the following day at the 2006 Mumbai train bombings. People must get what happens as a result of terror.

The characters in this film are very well defined: a great and respected Police Commissioner, an ambitious journalist, a hot-tempered policeman who takes his job seriously, a common man who feels hurt, and many other policemen who'd give their life for the country. The film depicts national pride and the passion different people have for their work without going to large extents and unnecessary melodrama. It's done in a very realistic manner.

The entire cast is wonderful, from leading actors to extras. Naseeruddin Shah does not know how to give a bad performance. He doesn't have to speak a lot or make strange facial expressions to be convincing. He doesn't have to play a grandiose king to make his role bigger than life. His dialogues come from the heart. It is yet another unforgettable performance from Naseer, the one and only. Anupam Kher is restrained and brilliant. The difference between the way he portrays serious yet sensitive men and the way he portrays comic and funny people is thrilling and incredible. Jimmy Shergill is amazing in a small yet pivotal role of a intransigent, hot-tempered, angry, disciplined and serious policeman. So is Aamir Bashir. Deepal Shaw is effective.

Well, in conclusion, A Wednesday is an entertaining film with a universal message. Watch it, you'll enjoy it, and you will learn to look at certain things differently.


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