My thoughts on A WEDNESDAY (Hindi, 2008)


What if the “common man” decided to strike back? In amongst all the countless terrorist attacks that happen around the world, the simple fact is the one person that is going to be in a lose-lose situation is the “common man”. Who is the common man? Originally The Common Man was the creation of author and cartoonist R. K. Laxman. For more than half of a century, the Common Man has represented the hopes, aspirations, troubles dreams and even weaknesses of the average Indian, through a daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in The Times of India. Basically the common man represents everything that a everyday commoner is. Mumbai; the financial capital of India, the city that never sleeps, the city of dreams, fast paced and ever changing, home to Bollywood. A City of beauty but also a city that got scarred time and time again in recent years be it the 1992-1993 communal riots, this was followed by a series of co-ordinated bombings at several city landmarks by Islamic extremists and the Mumbai Underworld which killed over 300 innocent people. On 11th July 2006 several bombs exploded on Mumbai’s extremely busy Suburban Railway line which killed over 200 innocent people. The most recent was on 26th November 2008 where more than 10 shootings and bombings occurred across some of Mumbai’s popular land-marks, again more than 170 people were killed. In short a city whose foundation is slowly crumbling beneath its facade of invincibility. A WEDNESDAY tells the story of certain events that unfold between 2.P.M and 6 P.M on a particular Wednesday in this city. Events which do not exist in any record but which deeply affect the lives of those involved. Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher), Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, gets a call demanding the release of four extremely dangerous militants within the next four hours from an unknown person (Naseeruddin Shah).


~ by masterpraz on October 11, 2009.

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