A Wednesday (2008)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 43 mins

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Set between 2 pm to 6 pm on a Wednesday, this contemporary and socially-relevant thriller depicts an about-to-retire police commissioner (Anupam Kher) narrating a sequence of events that unfolded on a particular Wednesday. They do not exist in any written record, only in his mind and in those of several individuals who were involved, willingly and unwillingly, and how those events affected the lives of all the concerned people. The narrative speaks about the sequence of events that begin with a phone call to the Commissioner from an anonymous Indian citizen, who claims to have placed five bombs in locations throughout Mumbai, and programmed them to explode simultaneously within four hours and releases four militants. The rest of the movie revolves around the interactions between these two, and the desperate attempts by the police force to locate the caller and ensure the safety of the general public.
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Cast: Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Naseeruddin Shah

Crew: Neeraj Pandey (Director), Fuwad Khan (Director of Photography), Sanjoy Chowdhury (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 05 Sep 2008 (India)

Hindi Name: अ वेडनेसडे

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Did you know? From casting to completion, "A Wednesday!" took about eight months. It was filmed on location around Mumbai in 28 days. Read More
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as Prakash Rathod
as Arif Khan - ATS Officer
as Common Man / bomb planter
as Inspector Jai Pratap Singh
as Shankar Patil
as Raj Sharma
as Chief Minister
as Naina Roy - Television Journalist
as Ajay Khanna
as Policeman
as Ibrahim Khan
as Khurshid Lala
Supporting Actor
as Jaishankar Tiwari
as Ikhlaque Ahmed
as Anu S. Singh
as Shambhu 'Electric Baba'
as Sub-Inspector Baburao Patil
as Mohammmad Zaheer

Direction

Director

Production

Executive Producer
Line Producer
Unit Production Manager

Distribution

Distributor

Writers

Story Writer
Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer

Music

Music Director
Lyricist
Music Label
Music Coordinator

Sound

Sound Effects Editor
Audio Assistant

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Casting Director

Editorial

Associate Editor

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: T-Series
01 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Playback Singer: Tochi Raina
02 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Playback Singer: Shaan Mukherjee
03 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
04 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Playback Singer: Shaan Mukherjee
05 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Playback Singer: Javed Ali
06 
Music Director: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Playback Singer: Tochi Raina
Trivia:
The terrorist's "workstation" was an actual under-construction 25-story building; it was chosen from 50 other such buildings for its clear view of the Mumbai skyline. Since the building had no elevators, a trolley lift was installed; Shah had to walk up the 25 floors every day.

From casting to completion, "A Wednesday!" took about eight months. It was filmed on location around Mumbai in 28 days.

Though a work of fiction, the script was inspired by the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings. In fact, the incidents that followed the bombings were used as details in the plot. After finishing the script, Pandey sent it to Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah, who were his only choice for the two principal characters, and only after they agreed to play the roles did he continue with the production of the movie.

Despite a small budget and minimal promotions, the movie became phenomenally successful at the box office. It was also critically acclaimed and won a number of awards, including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director at the 56th National Film Awards.

Due to its phenomenal success and critical acclaim, the movie was officially remade in English as "A Common Man" in 2013, starring Oscar Award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross and directed by Sri Lankan film maker Chandran Rutnam.
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: A Common Man (English)
Featured in: Drishyam (Malayalam)