Thursday, November 26, 2009


26/11: A day Mumbai will never forget. It was a normal Wednesday where the city was wrapping up after a hard day's work. Little did they realize that the night would turn into a gruesome ordeal prolonging for the next 2 days leading to the loss of several lives. A city which was shaken up completely after this catastrophe. An incident that led to anger and anguish. Will this disease called terrorism ever end? One ceases to wonder time and again as such dastardly acts are eliminating humanity all over the world.

A year has elapsed though the scars are yet to heal. Paying homage to those who are no longer with us and a tribute to the heroes and unsung heroes who fought a valiant battle those 3 days. Jai Hind!!


Sunday, November 08, 2009

‘Jail’: An ordeal behind bars

-By Swetha Amit
It’s always baffling to see how things turn topsy turvy in a fraction of a second. Such that life suddenly turns into a deathly shade of black, eclipsing the rosy picture it depicted not so long ago. Anguish, anger and humiliation is what one is saddled with imprisoning them in a cell of cynicism altogether. Yet a ray of hope timidly manages to creep in which keeps an individual thriving on the same. Hope is that magical branch that one clings on to while in search of justice and freedom.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail is the story of one such man who fights the battle of having to plead guilty several times. Parag Dixit (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a young lad with a promising career, steady girlfriend (Mugdha Godse) and blessed with a potential for a great future. However that one fateful night of having given his friend a lift changes the course of his life. The last thing he could recollect was a blurry image of drug packages and being confronted by the cops. Thrown mercilessly into the dark cells of prison, Parag encounters a different world altogether.

Interesting characters with unique parts come into play such as a principled convict who had killed his brother, Cricket bookie, drug dealers, a seemingly helpful don, notorious cops and a disgruntled inspector. Oscillating between the courtroom of trials and prison bars, the movie takes the audience through an ordeal of despair, injustice and manages to strike a touching chord eventually.

After Page 3, Corporate and Fashion, Madhur manages to come up with yet another hard hitting reality. It’s a film that bares it all without being apologetic.

Neil is brilliant in his role as a frustrated man deprived of his rights. One can expect him to walk away with an award. It is pleasing to see Manoj Bajpai in his usual solid performance as the helpful convict. The Cricket bookie played by G.K.Desai brings in a tinge of the humour element. His first introductory scene where he draws comparisons between a wedding night and the first night in prison, terming both sleepless nights sends a titter across the audience. One can find a striking resemblance as well as a striking contrast between the two at the same time which depicts irony in a comical manner. Mugdha Godse is sincere and Arya Babbar who plays the right man of the underworld Don looks promising. The rest of the star cast play their vital parts with great fervour including Atul Kulkarni in his brief yet powerful role.

Music by Shamir Tandon and Sharib Toshi is peppy and brooding in a positive way. One of the tracks is sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar in her captivating musical aura. The movie is well directed and fast paced.

Jail is more than just a story of a man fighting for his freedom. It showcases a murky world of convicts and their appalling lives. It enhances the aspect of being behind bars at the cost of being betrayed by justice. It exhibits the petty politics amidst inmates and the unmistakable cynicism in their occasional humorous remarks. A world that is technically a crucial part and yet seemingly cut off at the same time. Some may find the film to be clichéd and even stretched in certain parts. Yet it’s worth a watch especially for those who find appeal in hard hitting reality dramas. ‘Jail’ sentences you for those 2 hours if you dare to go behind those bars.

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