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A Wednesday -- An anonymous caller demands the release of four militants in exchange for information on bombs planted around Mumbai City. Will his demands be met? There's more that meets the eye in  this shocking tale with a twist in the end.


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Neeraj Pandey (story)
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Release Date:
5 September 2008 (India) See more »
A retiring police officer reminisces the most astounding day of his career, about a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
7 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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A breathtaking picture that is both relevant, important and entertaining. See more (105 total) »


  (in credits order)

Anupam Kher ... Prakash Rathod

Naseeruddin Shah ... The Common Man

Jimmy Shergill ... Arif Khan
Deepal Shaw ... Naina Roy
Aamir Bashir ... Jai Singh
Kali Prasad Mukherjee ... Ibrahim Khan (as K. P. Mukherjee)
Mukesh Bhatt ... Khurshid Lala
Gaurav Kapoor ... Ajay Khanna (as Gaurav Kapur)
Chetan Pandit ... Chief Minister
Veerendra Saxena ... Babu (as Virendra Saxsena)
Snehal Dabi ... Sambhu (Electric Baba) (as Snehal Dabhi)
Rohitash Gaud ... Ikjhlaque Ahmed (as Rohitashv Gaur)
Vijay Bhatia ... Mohammmad Zaheer (as Vije Bhatia)
Aayam Mehta ... Chief Minister's PA
Rajendra Chawla ... PA Assistant
Alok Narula ... Raj Sharma (Cameraman)
Parth ... Anuj (as Apurva Mehrotra)
Seema Malik ... Anu
Vicky Ahuja ... RDX Supplier
Namrata Sawhney ... Common Man's Wife
Parag Tyagi ... Aakash
Manoj Verma ... Chouhan
Bhagwan Tiwari ... Whattkar
Danish ... Rafiq
Jaywant Wadkar ... Traffic Constable
Sabudeen ... Constable 1275
Dhananjay Singh ... Mhatre
Jitendra Kumar ... Taxi Driver
Jani Karan ... A Man Behind Sambhu
Mahesh Kanual ... Stranger at Police Station (as Mahesh Kanwal)
Siddharth Bajaj ... Young Man in Train

Directed by
Neeraj Pandey 
Writing credits
Neeraj Pandey (story)

Neeraj Pandey (script)

Produced by
Shital Bhatia .... producer
Rajesh Ganguly .... line producer
B.L. Gautam .... executive producer
Siddharth Roy Kapur .... co-producer
Alpana Mishra .... associate producer
Abbas Rizvi .... co-producer
Anjum Rizvi .... producer
Ronnie Screwvala .... producer
Original Music by
Sanjoy Chowdhury 
Cinematography by
Fuwad Khan 
Film Editing by
Shree Narayan Singh 
Casting by
Indivar Bhatia 
Costume Design by
Riyaz Ali Merchant 
Production Management
Gopal Bhasin .... unit production manager
Satish Mane .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alankrata Seth .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ameet Ahire .... adr assistant
Ameet Ahire .... dialogue editor
Ameet Ahire .... foley recordist
Jayant Vajpayee .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Sagar Mehta .... visual effects artist
Anand Nayak .... visual effects artist
Ravindra Prajapati .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ravi Kachhawa .... still photographer
Manoj Subir Mandal .... second assistant camera
Vinayak Radhakrishnan .... steadicam operator
Sumit Survase .... assistant camera
Kapil Verma .... steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Sandeep Sethy .... associate editor
Music Department
Javed Ali .... playback singer
Mahalakshmi Iyer .... playback singer (as Mahalakshmi)
Irshad Kamil .... lyricist
Sandeep Patil .... music producer
Shaan .... playback singer
Tochi .... playback singer
Other crew
Rajeev Acharya .... production accountant
Deepak Gawade .... location manager
Chandan Kachhawa .... publicity stills
Ravi Kachhawa .... publicity design
Prakash Nathan .... marketing: distribution & syndication

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Common Man" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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India:104 min
Color (super 35mm)
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The character of Anupam Kher in the movie was inspired by Rakesh Maria, a real life Mumbai cop.See more »
Prakash Rathod - Commissioner of Police:Whatever you are doing is wrong.This is not the right way.
Anonymous:But today i am concerned only about the end-result, not the way to achieve it.
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Movie Connections:
Remade as A Common Man (2013)See more »
ParwazenSee more »


Which music or songs was playing in background when a female reporter getting ready to take interview from a person who got electric shock from an electrical pole? it starts with the word "Come On"
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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A breathtaking picture that is both relevant, important and entertaining., 12 June 2009
Author: Peter Young from Earth

What can be said about this film? Like many other films made recently, this one is different from the typical Hindi masala flicks (nothing against them, I think they're wonderful), there are no songs, there is no combination of different genres in one film, it is not a three-hour film. It's a simple, small film of one hour and a half, yet it succeeds to depict an entire world in this limited time.

The story begins as an ordinary thriller about a common man who calls the police and informs them about 5 bombs he has allegedly placed all over Mumbai, which he'll get exploded if they don't release four terrorists. The way every scene is carried by the director is very impressive and the dialogues are realistic. The film flows as a great thriller as time passes by, but then unexpectedly becomes into a dramatic story as it unfolds the motives of this common man.

The film does not want us to side any party, it wants us to understand the consequences of war, violence and hatred. It wants us to understand how it affects ordinary people. The story is not bigger than life, nor does it intend to be one. The fact that Naseeruddin Shah's character is unnamed only contributes to the universal message of the film.

There are many sequences of different people shown in different portions of the film which are just amazing. The one when the officer played by Anupam Kher asks the policeman played by Aamir Bashir about his family status, and his willingness to find the bomb. The guy answers that he's married with a recently born baby girl, yet he'll do anything to find the bomb. Another, when Naseer recalls the young nice guy he met every day in the train, the one who was preparing to marry someone, and gets killed the following day at the 2006 Mumbai train bombings. People must get what happens as a result of terror.

The characters in this film are very well defined: a great and respected Police Commissioner, an ambitious journalist, a hot-tempered policeman who takes his job seriously, a common man who feels hurt, and many other policemen who'd give their life for the country. The film depicts national pride and the passion different people have for their work without going to large extents and unnecessary melodrama. It's done in a very realistic manner.

The entire cast is wonderful, from leading actors to extras. Naseeruddin Shah does not know how to give a bad performance. He doesn't have to speak a lot or make strange facial expressions to be convincing. He doesn't have to play a grandiose king to make his role bigger than life. His dialogues come from the heart. It is yet another unforgettable performance from Naseer, the one and only. Anupam Kher is restrained and brilliant. The difference between the way he portrays serious yet sensitive men and the way he portrays comic and funny people is thrilling and incredible. Jimmy Shergill is amazing in a small yet pivotal role of a intransigent, hot-tempered, angry, disciplined and serious policeman. So is Aamir Bashir. Deepal Shaw is effective.

Well, in conclusion, A Wednesday is an entertaining film with a universal message. Watch it, you'll enjoy it, and you will learn to look at certain things differently.

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