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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...Read more ›
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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Engaging drama. Well-plotted, and well-performed, with a twist at the end and an interesting message. Much more of a thriller than a typical Bollywood production. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BnJ
It's sort of an Indian set 24 double episode. A nice surprise thrown in just as 24 would do.Published 18 months ago by rahenson1
This is written by a US viewer for the benefit of anyone unfamilliar with Indian movies. Read more
I hear that Bollywood cranks out an enormous number of films each year but that they essentially work 7 plots over and over. I've seen a few that would be considered world class. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Eric Sanber