A Wednesday – Movie review
While I was in a cinema theatre watching a movie about terrorism, five blasts took place in Delhi…between 6:15 PM and 7 PM.
A Wednesday is the movie I saw earlier this evening…and it was about terrorism. It was about how a terrorist holds a whole city to hostage by planting five bombs in the city. One comes out of the cinema hall feeling vindicated at the ending…even satisfied. Even though one knows that it is not quite right to feel this way. A feeling that (briefly) intensified for me as soon as I heard about the bomb blasts in Delhi…
Well, I wish I could tell the whole story right here, but it will ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it…this is a movie that one enjoys best if one doesn’t know the ending.
There have been several movies about terrorism in the recent past…and when I saw A Wednesday I couldn’t help but compare it to Amir. But three things make A Wednesday glaringly different:
1) A Wednesday has an original script.
2) It has no protagonist.
3) It has a happy ending.
I am a sucker for thrillers and for happy endings and I guess that is why I liked this movie even though happy endings are not always what we see in real life…
What is A Wednesday exactly about? (no spoilers)
The story is a simple one. There are bombs, five of them…and this we find that out pretty early on in the movie. One bomb is planted at the police station itself…and as for the other bombs, well that is for the police to find out. And as is common with all terrorists, the person who has planted the bombs wants something in exchange…
There is suspense even though we know that the police commissioner (Prakash Rathod, who is the narrator) is alive and well…as we don’t know what is going to happen to the other characters.
The twist in the tale is what makes the movie worth it. It’s a very satisfying movie although until the last twenty minutes of the movie things seem to be going on in a predictable manner.
Is the movie realistic?
Ofcourse not, but the way it is shot lends it realism. There are no elaborate sets. There are plenty of shots of railway stations, the streets and buildings. A fair amount of the movie takes place indoors, at police HQ.
It was interesting (though I can’t say realistic) to see how the director (Neeraj Pandey) portrays Mumbai’s senior police officers – very positively. They are shown to get into super action-mode once they get to know of the existence of the bombs…Hollywood style. Hi-tech offices, huge screens, Rathod in charge and barking orders, demanding that everything happen at top speed. They even get a hacker to try and locate the villain!
There is a fair amount of drama in the movie too. There was this conversation between police commissioner Rathod and one of his officers, Jai.
Rathod: Are you married?
Jai: Yes sir.
Rathod: Do you have children?
Jai: A three month old daughter sir
Rathod: Are you ready to die? (Marne ko tayar ho?)
Both the main characters are more than just middle-aged…Naseeruddin Shah (who plays the villain) and Anupam Kher who plays Prakash Rathod, the top cop look over 60. There are two young men in the movie – Jai Singh (Aamir Bashir) and Arif Khan (Jimmy Shergill), both police officers. Jimmy Shergill, who plays a ruthless and violent cop is right for the role – he looks physically very fit and does the action scenes convincingly. Anupam Kher does a good job as Chief, although his presence in so many movies is getting to be a bore. Naseeruddin Shah is brilliant as usual…there is something about the way he acts that makes him rise above himself. One never thinks of him as Naseeruddin when one is watching him.
The only woman in the movie is a TV reporter (played by Deepal Shaw) and while she is okay, her role is not in any way critical to the movie.
This movie is worth a see. It’s short (100 minutes) and there are no songs, not a single one. The pace of the movie doesn’t falter…in fact it keeps building up to an interesting climax. However I was not entirely happy with the editing, although the movie is less than 2 hours in length. There was some unnecessary scenes, mostly played out at police HQ. I think the movie could have been at least 10 minutes shorter although if I compare it to Mumbai Meri Jaan (another movie about terrorism) then I guess the editing of this movie is very good.
(Photo credits: Rediff.com)
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