Review: A Wednesday (2008)

A Wednesday
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Aamir Bashir, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Director: Neeraj Pandey

At the very beginning we got to clarify that ‘A Wednesday’ is not a film based on the Mumbai train blasts or a sequel to ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ which too was about the blasts that rocked the city two years ago.

This modern master piece tells the story of certain events that unfold between 2 and 6 p.m. on a Wednesday in Mumbai; events that do not exist in any record.

It’s a Wednesday when Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher), the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai receives a phone call asking him to release four militants.

The caller (Naseeruddin Shah) threatens him saying if he took his call lightly, he would be responsible for a series of bomb blasts in the city. But if he listens to him, many innocent lives would be saved and the caller would also reveal where he had planted the bombs.

Rathod suspects it to be a crank call, but is forced to change his opinion when his men find a bomb at the police station right in front of the headquarters.

It is then that the Chief Minister orders Rathod to tackle this critical situation. While trying to trace the caller, he meets a reporter from a news channel – Naina Roy, played by Deepal Shaw, who has also been tipped off by the same anonymous caller.

Two of Rathod’s best men, Arif (Jimmy Shergill) and Jai (Aamir Bashir) also chip in to trail the caller.

This short, one and a half hour film, has a tight script which would not divert your attention from the silver screen for a split second. Director Neeraj Pandey has filmed some mind-blowing sequences and surely has a creative vision which would help him make a name amongst the top directors of Bollywood pretty soon.

Cinematographer Fuwad Khan’s output is top class while the background score [Sanjay Chowdhury] is stirring.

Performance wise too all the actors have done a brilliant job. Well, that’s expected with actors of the caliber of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher around. They have yet again proved why they are rated amongst the top actors of recent times.

Jimmy Shergill too has played his part with great effect and turns out to be a surprise package of the flick.

We suggest the viewers should make it a point to catch this beautifully created movie!

Rating – ***

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