Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher) is the commissioner of police for the Mumbai city. He gets a call from a stranger that he has planted bombs in various cities and they will be trigged off at 5 pm if Prakash Rathod does not release four of the most dangerous terrorists. Prakash Rathod alerts his team and makes arrangement to release the terrorists and at the same time he tries to trace the stranger. The rest of the story is all about whether Prakash Rathod finds who the stranger is or not.
Naseeruddin Shah did the role of an old man with terrific knowledge about computers and networking. He is extremely good. Anupam Kher is exceptional as the chief cop. Jimmy Shergil is cool as the hot-blooded cop. Deepal Shaw is alright as the news-hungry reporter.
Story - Screenplay - direction: Story of the film has an interesting premise. Screenplay is extraordinary. Director is very good at story telling. He made sure that you are at the edge of your seat all the time. The narration of the film is smooth, seamless and engrossing. He told a serious story in an entertaining way by sprinkling a bit of humor at regular intervals. The following scenes are good
1. The scene in which police commissioner gets the CM to give all powers to him in order to negotiate with the stranger.
2. The rowdy pissing in pants and telling the truth the moment he sees Arif Khan.
3. The scene in which director dupes us into thinking that Arif Khan catches hold of the stranger on the top of the under-construction building (a similar screenplay technique was used in ‘The silence of the Lambs’ where the director dupes us to think that heroine surrounds the house of the killer)
4. The way the stranger sips coffee and eats sandwich while negotiating with the police force.
5. The final twist when terrorists are taken to Juhu air-strip.
6. The scene in which the stranger reveals the cause behind his act.
7. The terrific encounter between the two in the last scene
Technical departments: Dialogues in the film goes perfectly well with the script. Cinematography is excellent. Background music is pretty good. Editing is crisp.
Analysis: Whenever we see films getting dragged in the second half for no reason, we end up thinking why the Indian filmmakers stick to 2 and half hour or 3 hour runtime to narrate a story. Here comes the answer from the debutant director Neeraj Pandey who made this film with 1 and half hour duration. Another reason that amuses us in Indian films is the poor and unrealistic usage of computers and technology. This film shows the realistic and convincing usage of computers. ‘A Wednesday’ is a film that breaks from many Indian film conventions. It is an edge-of-the-seat thriller with a heart-touching message. There are no gross scenes and no mentally disturbing situations though this film deals the ubiquitous terror. ‘A Wednesday’ has an arresting plot and exceptionally good screenplay. The director Neeraj Pandey deserves a big round of applause. ‘A Wednesday’ is an engrossing and an entertaining thriller. Go and watch it!
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