Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
A Wednesday — a thriller with a difference
A film that lasts under two hours is a rarity in Bollywood. And when the film pits an anonymous caller against Mumbai police, curiosity is aroused.
He then proceeds to the roof of a building under construction, where he has set up a desk with a computer and television.
The man calls the police commissioner, played by Anupam Kher, and warns of bombs going off in the city if his demands are not met.
That sets the tone for the rest of the film, one with the potential of being a tight, edge-of-the-seat thriller.
However, the action doesn’t have an urgency and there is none of the biting-your-nails suspense you expect from a thriller.
To be honest, they don’t do much, except follow the unknown caller’s orders. Efforts to trace the caller and the bombs look quite amateurish with words like Interpol and Al Qaeda used carelessly without context.
The film doesn’t drag for too long though and the climax almost creeps up on the viewer. The last ten minutes of the film make up for many of its flaws, mainly because the director introduces a twist one doesn’t really expect.
Naseeruddin Shah as the anonymous caller (his name is never revealed) is excellent. He is restrained and yet angry and helpless, all at once. Anupam Kher also proves why he has lasted so long in the industry but I can’t help feeling his role could have been better etched.
Through the role of a television reporter, played by Deepal Shaw, the director also makes a comment on the media and its role during a crisis
“A Wednesday” is notÂ the best of films, but it’s definitely worth a watch because it tries to be different.