A Common Man
A Common Man Poster.JPG
Film poster
Directed byChandran Rutnam
Screenplay byChandran Rutnam
Based onA Wednesday!
by Neeraj Pandey
Produced byChandran Rutnam
B.S. Radhakrishnan
StarringBen Kingsley
Ben Cross
Patrick Rutnam
Wilson Gunaratne
CinematographyChandana Jayasinghe
Edited byJames Rutnam
Music byRamesh Vinayakam
Asia Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
Distributed byMyriad Pictures
Release date
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountrySri Lanka

A Common Man is a 2013 Sri Lankan thriller film directed by Sri Lankan filmmaker Chandran Rutnam, starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross.[1][2][3][4] The film is an official remake of the Indian film, A Wednesday! (2008).[5]

A Common Man won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Madrid International Film Festival and bronze medal in the Feature Films category at the New York Festivals’ International Television and Film Awards, three of the 119 Gold World Medals, 145 Silver, 104 Bronze, and 327 Finalist Certificates awarded that day.[6][7]


The film starts in a room full of bomb making material and newspaper articles about LTTE bombings in Sri Lanka, the screen then cuts to a typical busy morning in Colombo. "The Man" (Ben Kingsley) plants five bombs around the city; on a public bus, in a shopping mall and the Polgoda police station, on an intercity train, and at the Katukurunda Airfield. The man then establishes his mini control station on top a skyscraper in Dehiwala and calls the police chief Morris Da Silva (Ben Cross) and informs him that if four prisoners are not released, the bombs will be detonated.[8]



A Common Man was filmed in 2012 in various locations in Colombo, Sri Lanka.[citation needed]


A Common Man was released worldwide on 21 May 2013 in Blu-ray by Anchor Bay Films and Myriad Pictures.


The movie had its premiere at the Laemmle Music Hall Cinema in Beverly Hills, California on 15 March 2013.[9]


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  3. ^ "Sri Lanka is extraordinary – Ben Kingsley". The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Ben Kingsley to act in Lankan film". The Times of India. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.[dead link]
  5. ^ Ben Kingsley Starring Action-Thriller, "A Common Man" Is To Be Released by Myriad Pictures Worldwide Archived October 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Lankans' film wins three awards". The Island. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ "A Common Man wins bronze at New York Festival". Colombo Gazette. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  8. ^ Ben Kingsley Starring Action-Thriller, "A Common Man" Is To Be Released by Myriad Pictures Worldwide Archived October 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Many firsts for movie 'A Common Man'". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 8 March 2013. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2013.