In what could well be a take on contemporary affairs, Bollywood would see as many as two films releasing in a matter of a fortnight with bomb blasts as the central theme. While MUMBAI MERI JAAN is all set to arrive on 22nd August, A WEDNESDAY arrives a fortnight later on 5th September. What also makes matters further interesting is that both these films are backed by UTV.
MUMBAI MERI JAAN takes back the viewer to 11th July, 2006, when the local train service, known as Mumbai's lifeline, was struck by a series of bomb blasts. The film explores the impact of this devastating incident on the lives of the people of Mumbai which include a brilliant broadcast journalist (Soha Ali Khan) to a patriotic corporate man (Madhavan); from a retiring policeman (Paresh Rawal) at the twilight of his life to a rookie cop (Vijay Maurya) at the dawn of his career; from an angry and xenophobic unemployed young man (Kay Kay Menon) to a coffee-vendor (Irrfan Khan) struggling to survive and belong!
On the other hand A WEDNESDAY tells the story of certain events that unfold between 2 and 6 pm on a particular Wednesday. These are the events which do not exist in any record but which deeply affects the lives of those involved. The film's plotline revolves around a mysterious man (Naseeruddin Shah) who calls Commissioner of Police, Mumbai (played by Mr Anupam Kher) demanding the release of four militants in lieu of information on bombs that he has planted in various parts of the city. This is when Kher puts two of his best men, Arif (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Jai (Amir Bashir) on the mission to tackle the issue.
Incidentally the films would mark the Hindi film debut of two talented debutant directors. While MUMBAI MERI JAAN has Nishikant Kamat at the helm of affairs, A WEDNESDAY sees Neeraj Pandey making his transition from a writer to director.