Few movies capture public sentiment the way A Wednesday does. The movie brilliantly executes the plotline, with equally competent actors. The movie starts with the Commissioner of Police (Anupam Kher) getting on with the vagaries of an authoritarian on a dreary Wednesday, when a call changes the mood of the day. The caller (Nasseruddin Shah) demands the release of 4 militants. He has planted a number of bombs across the city and threatens to set it off before 6.30p.m should his demand be rejected. To prove he’s not joking he leads the Commissioner to a bomb hidden in a police station opposite the Commissioner. The police force then assembles their best to tackle the threat, at the same time trying to find the caller. The caller then involves a news reporter to follow-up with the proceedings of the day.
How the plot unfolds is interesting to watch as are nuances like the Commissioner confronting the CM on issues of bureaucracy, or mindless news bites like interviewing a man “Electric Baba”, who supposedly withstood high voltage electricity for hours and escaped unscathed. Nasseruddin Shah’s performance is undoubtedly splendid, while Anupam Kher also executes lines with finesse. Jimmy Shergill as an angry ATS officer radiates screen presence, though he could do with more lines.
The movie stands out from other terror flicks mainly for the storyline and is definitely worth the ticket price.