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Movie Review: A Wednesday (Hindi) 69

Prior to release, the media called it the much awaited coming together of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Pitted against each other, one is a cool headed terror brain and the latter is the Commissioner of Police who has to balance between political masters and his logic on the situation he gets into on a Wednesday. If not for anything else, Naseeruddin Shah was the biggest draw factor for a power packed performance.

India has been rocked by numerous terrorist attacks with Mumbai being their favorite. Underscoring the helplessness that the administration always expresses against such attacks, Wednesday makes a sincere effort to portray the travails that a common man has to put up with each day of his life, commuting to offices in crowded trains, traveling through crowded markets with a fear of losing his life to the act of some fanatic moron.

A day before he retires, Commissioner Prakash Rathod reminisces the most memorable day of his service, a day where events just rolled out crippling the entire structure for internal security but that which ended without a case on record. The day begins with a demure, quiet man in the crowd whose name we aren’t told, portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah who conveniently plants a bomb in a police station opposite the commissionerate.

Shah then calls to Commissioner Rathod negotiating a release of four dreaded criminals accused of anti-national activities in exchange of disclosing the locations of explosives he planted. Shah also ropes in a TV Reporter Naina Roy, played by former item girl Deepal Shaw to cover the happenings live. The issue turns into an administrative and political potboiler that takes unexpected and unprecedented twists to a surprise end.

Since Wednesday hinges on performances to make a point, it is noteworthy that each of them was spot on. Naseer is a class unto himself. Deepal Shaw was convincing as news junkie. Jimmy Shergill was picture perfect in his anti-terrorist cop role. The script has no loose ends and there are no songs disturbing the narrative. Art was thoughtful to place Shah’s workstation atop an under construction building overlooking the city.

While it is not your typical action thriller with blood and gore, it is neither a sermonizing thing that leaves you bored. On purpose, I chose not to disclose details of the plot, since I believe this movie is a must watch and should be enjoyed along with the suspense. With a runtime of 100 minutes that has as many gripping moments leaves you feeling good in the end, your time and money well spent! Thoroughly Recommended watch!

Rating: 8/10 - Intriguing till the end, you just can’t help but love the course it takes!
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