11 Years of A Wednesday. (05/09/2008)
A Wednesday is a thriller film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It stars Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Set between 2 pm and 6 pm on a Wednesday, the film depicts an about-to-retire police commissioner (Anupam Kher) narrating a sequence of events that unfolded on a particular Wednesday. There does not exist any written record. The awareness of the incident exists 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.
It was the inspiration for Tamil movie Unnaipol Oruvan , Telugu movie Eeenadu (with Kamal Hassan in the role played by Naseeruddin Shah in the original and Mohanlal and Daggubati Venkatesh playing the role acted by Anupam Kher in the original in Tamil and Telugu respectively), and also the Hollywood movie A Common Man (directed by Chandran Rutnam with actor Ben Kingsley portraying the role played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ben Cross portraying the role played by Anupam Kher. Although the film has a quite resembles with 1950’s drama thriller Seven Days to Noon.
Box Office India declared it a hit. Critics praised the movie for its effective storyline and its twist ending. Subsequently, it won a number of awards including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the 56th National Film Awards.