Few movies have gashed our soul so deeply as that freakshow Dasavatharam and may its perpetrator Kamal Haasan rot in hell for unleashing that ugly monstrosity upon us.
Now that the same weirdo is readying the release of his next film Unnaipol Oruvan, we thought it time to rewatch A Wednesday.
Unnaipol Oruvan – Borrowed Plot
Bereft of ideas, this veteran bozo of 150 plus films and hailed as one of the greatest film artistes of India couldn’t even think of a novel theme and rushed to Bollywood to borrow a story. At least, this time the fella didn’t profit from theft as he has on earlier occasions (remember Thenali?).
Folks, unless you’ve spent the last two years under some rock in Paramakudi you know that Unnaipol Oruvan is the Tamil remake of the Hindi film A Wednesday. Apparently, Unnaipol Oruvan is being released in Telugu too as Eenadu. Wonder why the clown forgot Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya and Bhojpuri?
A Wednesday – Classy
So setting aside our bulky Sunday New York Times, we switched on our TV yesterday and streamed A Wednesday via Netflix Instant Play.
Featuring Indian actors Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in key roles, A Wednesday is one of those rare watchable movies to emerge out of the augean cesspool of Bollywood.
The 103-minute Hindi film had us glued to the TV screen as few movies do these days.
Veering away from the Bollywood song and dance balderdash and eschewing the big Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan or his flop of a spawn Abhishek Bachchan, the makers of A Wednesday wisely settled on two of the most talented actors in India today – Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.
Boy, what a smart decision that turned out to be. For the movie and surely for the audience.
Set in the contemporary Mumbai of repeated bomb blasts and terrorist attacks, A Wednesday focuses on yet another violent threat to the city with multiple bombs placed at strategic points in the city.
Ironically, A Wednesday debuted in August 2008 in what seems like an eerie prequel to the bloody terrorist attack that paralyzed Mumbai three months later.
Directed by Neeraj Pandey (who has also penned the story and screenplay), the movie is a fast-paced account of a few hours that starts with a telephone call to Mumbai Police Commissioner Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher) by a nameless individual (Naseerudin Shah) about various bombs he’s placed in the city.
To prove that he means business, our nameless individual plants a bomb right inside the police station opposite the city’s police headquarters.
Who is this nameless individual? How has he eluded the radar of Indian intelligence agencies (no surprise) but also that of Interpol and FBI?
Is he part of the Al Queda network?
Next comes the chilling demand from our nameless mastermind, an audacious demand that has even the supine political leadership of the state in a rage.
But what choice do the police or the political leadership really have other than capitulate to the bomber’s demands.
As you jump on for a fast paced ride, the movie suddenly shocks you with a neatly executed twist.
Tis’ a treat to watch masters of the craft like Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in roles that suit their talent.
Even a simple scene like Naseeruddin Shah standing on the tall building calmly replacing a SIM card, disposing off the old one down a long pipe and pouring himself a cup of tea from a flask is done with so much elan.
The script is tightly written and full kudos to Neeraj Pandey for delivering a solid entertainer in A Wednesday.
In a supporting role is Deepal Shaw, a cute girl with perky tits encased in a tight shirt, who plays the TV reporter Naina Roy. Wonder who’ll play that role in the Tamil version.
Given his past record of mostly average movies, we remain skeptical that the clown who gave us Dasavatharam can match A Wednesday.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends A Wednesday. If you live in the U.S., you can get it from Netflix, by DVD and via Instant Play streaming as well.