Review: A Wednesday – A fascinating high-octane confrontation between two veteran thespians
A fascinating high-octane confrontation between two veteran thespians
The Cast and Crew
Cast : Anupam Kher, Aamir Bashir, Deepal Shaw, Gaurav Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajpal Yadav, Jimmy Shergill
Banner : Anjum Rizvi Film Company, Friday Filmworks
Presenter : UTV Motion Pictures
Producer : Shital Bhatia, Anjum Rizvi
Director : Neeraj Pandey
Operating cameraman : Jimmy Jib
Cinematographer : Fuwad Khan
Editor : Shree Narayan Singh
Story and Screenplay Writer : Neeraj Pandey
Action Director : Shyam Kaushal
Background score : Sanjay Chowdhury
Sound Designer : Rakesh Ranjan
A Wednesday is a power packed edge-of-the-seat thriller essaying the confrontation between an alleged terrorist and the Mumbai Police Commissioner. With the narration going at top speed, the story is told imaginatively and innovatively.
Without sub-plots, songs, melodramatic masala, erotic quotient, emotional hiccups and redundant side tracks, the film tells the story with maximum impact. However, there are moments of subtle satire and intelligent humour.
Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher), Commissioner of Police, Mumbai gets a phone call demanding the release of four militants in lieu of information on bombs that the man has planted in various parts of Mumbai. The anonymous caller just gives four hours for the release of the jailed terrorists or otherwise the bombs will blast.
Prakash suspects it to be another hoax call. Soon, his doubts are dispelled, when he actually finds a bomb planted in the police station right opposite his Police Headquarters.
Prakash Rathod immediately forms a team of his best men together and goes to work to nab the faceless caller. He hires a computer engineer to trace the calls and the location of the anonymous caller. Time passes by, but no concrete results are evident. Finally, Prakash Rathod decides to hand over the militants to the anonymous caller.
From then on, the story moves with the most unexpected turns and twists, concluding with the most unpredictable climax
Naseeruddin Shah gives one of the best performances of his career as a thespian. He exhibits a very high class of histrionics while essaying his role. Anupam Kher also gives a brilliant exhibition of the art and science of method acting. The roles of these two veteran thespians will be remembered for a long time and their performances deserve every film award in this world.
Even all the supporting actors give a stupendous performance by going under the skin of their characters.
For a man making his debut as a story-screenplay writer and director, Neeraj Pandey has made an extremely impressive celluloid masterpiece. Cinematography is world class, whether it is capturing the dynamics of Mumbai or recording the subtle flexing of facial muscles. The editing and audiography greatly enhances the quality of narration of the film. The props for every scene reflect a sort of surrealism, while the action sequences appear as a sure reality.
An exceptionally brilliant film with superb technical skills, superlative performances and superior production values, that rightfully demands a dekho. Everyone will be doing himself or herself a fascinating favour by watching this 90 minutes film.
Drop everything and rush to your nearest multiplex.
4 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar