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"A Wednesday!" tells the story of certain events that unfold between 2 and 6 pm on a particular Wednesday. Mumbai Police Commissioner, Prakash Rathod, receives an anonymous call from a man demanding the release of dangerous militants in exchange for information about bombs planted in different parts of Mumbai City. There's even one safely stacked away in the washroom of the police headquarters. The commissioner finds himself torn between releasing these militants who are a threat to society and facing the consequences of the imminent damage caused by multiple explosions.

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  • Actors: Anupam Kher, Naseerudin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw
  • Directors: Neeraj Pandey
  • Producers: Ronnie Screwvala, Anjum Rizvi, Shital Bhatia
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: UTV
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ICXC02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If only the world had more "hero's" such as the one in this movie....the world would be one heck of a better place to live. Unexpected plotline for a foreign movie.....had more of an American "vigilante" tone to it.....either "our" movies are being "wussed" down or foreign movies are getting bolder, I don't know. I do know one thing, this is a move that EVERYONE should watch. I am proud to have viewed this masterpiece.
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Rented because of Naseeruddin Shah. I have to say that this was quite a surprising turn given my initial introduction to the man as the sweet spiritual cabbie in 'Today's Special'.

Still, despite the near one-hundred-eighty-degree difference in the performance, I liked the movie.

Like so many films that are produced outside of the US market, the screenplay, in particular the characterizations, are sometimes difficult to adjust to. If this were a US film, it might feature a star like Steven Seagal.

Every character seems to be a hyper-version of the actual person or position, more symbolic rather than an attempt at a genuine captured reflection. Pure archetypes, with no possibility of subtle variance. Police and security officers are handsome, swarthy, bold and brave - their only duty to justice. Common criminals are weak, cowardly and easily bullied; apparently slapping them in a variety of situations renders quite a positive result. And their true enemy are the terrorists - who are cold calculating heartless monsters.

Films like these tends to border on societal browbeating wired to a pounding soundtrack. But if I understand India, her politics, daily life and challenges - it's reasonable in that context. Pure blacks and whites, no gray allowed.

In 'Wednesday' - we start the film as the former police commissioner reflects on the most memorable case of his long career. In fact, other than the immediate participants, who were sworn to secrecy, no record exists of the actual incident. All the evidence and events covered up under the guise of less malicious crimes and terrible accidents. But what really happened was...
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A lone terrorist has planted bombs at different locations in Mumbai, and threatens to blow them up unless certain terrorists are freed. Is he bluffing? No. Can he be caught? Not likely, given that he is super smart. The Mumbai police commissioner receives information about a bomb supposedly planted in a police station opposite the police headquarters. When the bomb threat turns out to be true, the police have to take the caller seriously. He has demands, and won't negotiate, nor be placated, nor agree to any delays.

It has no songs. The pace never slacks. Editing is tight. The plot does not get sidetracked into parallel lines. The acting is superb. The dialogs are not cliched, nor preachy.

Given the terrorist strikes of 26/11 that took place several months after its release, the movie seems prophetic.

Watch it for the acting prowess of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupan Kher. Shah for most of the movie, sits behind a desk on the roof of an under construction building, speaking on the phone. So he has to use his facial expressions and voice to act. Yet it is a performance that would be beyond the capabilities of all but less than a handful of actors today. Anupam Kher is effortless in his performance. Jimmy Shergil and others are competent too.
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I would like to see this message again and again. Amazing performance by Nashiruddin Shah. A real adrenaline pumping movie. Strong story line and properly directed by Niraj Pandey. Beautiful cinematography. Excellent background score by Sanjay Chowdhury.
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This is the worst movie I've seen in a long time. In fact, it was so terrible that I am not even sure whether to begin. Let's ignore the plot for now and just talk about the production quality. The camera work was so amateurish and jumpy that this wouldn't even be good enough for cheap TV drama. The fighting scenes were so ridiculous with odd cartoony punching sounds. The one scene containing an explosion actually showed outlines of three burning humans (looking more like burning scarecrows really) flying in the flames in midair! I realize that the film was probably low budget but that doesn't have to preclude good taste. Speaking of the plot, Dick Cheney would love this movie. The answers to terrorism problems are all apparently simple - simple ordinary patriots just coming up with simple solutions. Our legal and justice systems are slow and inefficient, why bother with them? Let's just use vigilante justice and kill the "cockroaches that have entered our house" (their words, not mine). The police commissioner makes a meek attempt to reason with this simple ordinary patriot but the simple man is only "concerned about the end-result, not the way to achieve it." Apparently, we actually want police brutality towards citizens (the assumption being that it will always be directed at the "others", not at us or our friends or families). Yes, having to account for brutal violent behavior in a democracy can be such a pain - just gets in the way of everything, doesn't it? This is basically a poorly made piece of trash that is trying to legitimize the use of brutal force and violence by governmental agencies when there is any security situation. It isn't even intelligent right wing propaganda. I would mostly describe it as xenophobic and an insult to basic human decency. What Anupam Kher and Naseerudin Shah are doing in this film is really beyond me. Don't waste your time.
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