Jail is another gem of a thought provoking realistic film by three times National Award winning film maker Madhur Bhandarkar. The inside of a jail is something which is practically unknown to 99% of the people. This film explores the psyche of the jail inmates and addresses systemic issues and exposing legal loopholes.
Parag Dixit (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a successful young man and is considered by his colleagues as a long distance winner in his profession in a short time and is expected to reach great heights. He is happy with his girl friend Mansi (Mugdha Godse).
Through a conspiracy of circumstances Parag finds himself in the jail for an offence he has not committed. His life from then onwards becomes unendurable and going from bad to worse. The legal loopholes prevent from an early discharge from the jail. There are other jail mates like Nawab (Manoj Bajpai), Ghalib (Chetan Pandit), Kabir (Arya Babbar) and Ghani (Rahul Singh).
Will Parag become desperate with this jail life or will he gain freedom? Can he endure the trials and travails of being innocent yet branded as a convict?
Neil Nitin Mukesh comes out with a sterling performance and I will not be surprised if he wins the National Award and other awards for Best Actor for this film. Mugdha Godse acquits herself well with the tense and intense role she essayed with great conviction. Manoj Bajpai once again proves his class as a thespian. Chetan Pandit, Arya Babbar and Rahul Singh are convincing in their author backed characters. All others play their supporting roles with credibility.
Madhur Bhandarkar once again comes out with a well researched script and a taut screenplay with gripping narration and effective dialogues. Madhur, Manoj Tyagi, Anuradha Tiwari and Raghuvir Shekhawat should be complimented for their writing for the film. Kalpesh Bhandarkar’s cinematography adds to the intensity of the narration. The sound design and editing are good.
The hard hitting and thought provoking Jail is for the serious students of cinema and the cine buffs who have a taste for realistic films. Jail is multiplex oriented film and not a mainstream entertainer.
But Jail is a must watch for its content, narration techniques and powerful performances and for the systemic issues addressed.
The Cast and Crew
Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse, Manoj Bajpai, Arya Babbar, Chetan Pandit, Ghanshyam Garg, Rahul Singh, Sayali Bhagat and others.
Music: Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Shamir Tandon
Cinematography: Kalpesh Bhandarkar
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producers: Madhur Bhandarkar, Sanjay Mehta
Banners: Percept Picture Company, Bhandarkar Entertainment
Release Date: November 06, 2009
3.5 out of 5
Review by Aparichithudu