A Bollywood movie which can keep you thrilled for 1.5 hrs – its a eighth/ninth wonder?!
Last night only I was watching Peacemaker (2007) at HBO and initially found it thrilling, though later quite disappointing. But it was a long time since I had watched any action/thriller English movie and found it a nice break from Drama/Comedy genre. I was wondering then why we can’t have such movies in India. Which are original, fool-proof, little believeable. I mean if I am watching a James Bond movie, I am prepared to watch him come scratchless out of a no-man-came-alive-out-of-it scene. But if I watch say, Munich, I see the hot-shots getting hurt too. Here, Krrish is like Batman, Superman, Spiderman – all in one. Well, as a viewer, thats a little too much to take. I would rather watch a fantasy movie over it. And thats one of the best action thrillers bollywood has to offer. Why don’t action films made in India also fit into sub-genre so that I know what I am going for?! Sarfarosh was one of the films in which a policeman also got hurt, he was also hospitalised. In that sense it was a pathbreaking movie from Indian cinema.
A Wednesday is also a fresh change from the typical Hindi movies. It keeps the audience stuck to their seats for 3/4th of the movie. Which is a major achievement I would say. Also, a very mature prespective is taken on the most-common-theme in Indian cinema currently. Junta ki aag. Junta ka halla. Humara kartavya. Many years back we had films about desh bhakti as a residual feeling from the freedom struggle movement. Now we can’t dance on the same tune. So we have movies like RDB, halla bol (some others whose names i have forgotten) and Rock On which talks about taking control of your life. RDB has a hint of desh prem, but it was the last sell. A Wednesday is so completely different because:
- thankfully, there are no youngsters with a rush of blood and little imagination in picture. The movie is about oldies. Infact, people who have high-on-adreline-youngsters for their children. Love to see them in action.
- its fool-proof. you don’t find yourself wondering why the police inspector didn’t do this or that, or why this situation wasn’t handled in the obvious way.
- the script/plot is new and intelligent. It knows how the audience will react at what point and changes its course accordingly.