2008. India. Neeraj Pandey. 102 min.
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
2008. India. Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. With Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kehr, Jimi Shergill. In this cat-and-mouse thriller, a sleeper hit in India, a terrorist threatens to detonate bombs all over Mumbai, and police and counterintelligence forces have four hours to find him. With a commanding performance by one of India’s great actors, Naseeruddin Shah, A Wednesday has polarized audiences with its controversial message and, in the wake of several shocking terrorist incidents (the recent Mumbai attacks only being the most international in scope), has provoked agonized debates about police corruption, national security, and vigilante justice. A Wednesday signals a trend, undoubtedly disturbing, in contemporary Indian cinema. New York premiere. In Hindi; English subtitles. 102 min.