A Wednesday

 

Writing movie reviews on my blog is something I see as a repeat, as there are umpteen numbers of people dedicated to do just this. One might want to read the expert’s view. But this time, I take an exception. I would like to share my thoughts on the movie – A Wednesday.

The movie starts on the last day of service of Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher), who gets thinking about the toughest case ever handled by him. 

Flashback: It is on a Wednesday that the Prakash Rathod gets an anonymous call asking for the release of four militants and in return the caller is ready to reveal the location of four bombs planted in the city. Initially, the Commissioner thinks it might be a crank call, but his doubts are dispelled when his team discovers a bomb in the police station right in front of the Police Headquarters, as per the details given by the caller.

But, Prakash Rathod is a hard nut and will not give up easily. He taps all his sources and mobilizes his best team to work on the case. He even employs a hacker to track the location of the anonymous caller. Time passes and the team has no major breakthrough. The whereabouts of the caller are still unknown and Prakash Rathod decides to release the four militants. It is after this that the story takes a sudden turn.

Neeraj Pandey, the writer-director of this movie has done an excellent job. There is nothing that one finds is usual or run of the mill.  The theme is based on terrorism and Mumbai, but the emphasis here is on the effects of all this on the common man – Aam Aadmi. It is a short movie for one and a half hours, with no song or dance sequences and no masala.

The movie stars Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah, two of the industry stalwarts in one of their career best performances, along with Jimmy Shergill and Aamir Bashir. Jimmy Shergill has effortlessly played the role of a volatile cop. Aamir Bashir stands out with his terrific performance. Probably the performance in this movie can be rated among Naseeruddin Shah’s top five movies. His character portrayal as a common man and then later his outburst in the end, is simply outstanding. It simply leaves the audience spell-bound. Only Anupam Kher could be the single choice to play the role of a tough police officer opposite Naseer. He epitomizes the role of an experienced, cool, composed and in control officer.

The story and its execution are so well done that one feels the tension throughout the movie. It is only once, in the movie, that the Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah come face to face, and this scene comes about very well.

On the whole, the entire movie is power packed, with excellent performances and its cinema at its very best. If you have missed it, then you should catch up soon.  A Wednesday is a must watch.

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