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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Blogger A New Beginning said...

‘Jail’ sentences you for those 2 hours if you dare to go behind those bars.
Beautifully concluded Shwetha and very well written. Its a great review..the director will owe you half of his profit ;)

7:03 PM  
Blogger KParthasarathi said...

A brilliant review Sweta and is possibly more gripping than the film.With your command over the language you have brought out forcefully what Madhur attempted on the screen.Thank you for kindling my interest to see the film

8:14 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@New Beginning: Thanks a lot.:-) Wish Madhur Bhandarkar thinks the same way!!!

@KP:Thanks for your encouraging and appreciative comments always.:-)

9:19 PM  
Blogger Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Swe :)

A well-written review from you, yet another time :)

Some stories and films do depict reality and it seems that "Jail" is one of them.

Thanks a lot for the review.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks a lot Ayesha.:-)

11:52 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Comments on MSN:

anuradha - Pune on 11/10/2009 7:47:01 PM
'Swetha uve a good hand in storytelliing or written a good preview of this flick 'jail!! well keep the flow on and hope u would write the reviews in the 'Times of india somedays would be fit for an editor. keep it up ! ironically havent this flick as yet but sure after reading it would do so soon God willing!!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Sangita - Kolkata on 11/10/2009 11:22:33 PM
It is a must watch film !

11:53 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

sharan - sydney on 11/11/2009 5:58:34 AM
Temptation!!!! I rarely see hindi movies. Your beautiful writing will make this weekend great for me with the JAIL DVD. I now look forward more of your articles.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

PVMurty - Bhimavaram on 11/9/2009 6:46:22 PM
Movie Land teaches practical lessons in its laboratory on the silver screen lest people do not get misguided and land in troubles including Jail to lead a criminal life ever.

11:53 PM  
Blogger manivannan said...

Hi swetha!

Excellent review!

You've a done an admirable favour for film! Really wonderful...your writing prowess will tempt everyone to watch the film. And that includes me too :-)


2:55 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks a lot Mani.:-) Hope you watch the film!!!

10:22 PM  
Blogger AJai said...

well... i'm not particularly fond of bhandarkar's movies. i think he has a very perverted vision of reality, which he knows will sell and he does his best with that.
but from what u've written looks like this movie could be a good watch. maybe i should try and catch it.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@Ajai: Well with regard to your take on Bhandarkar's films, I wouldn't agree. But to each his own I guess. The movie has gotten mixed reviews probably due to high expectations from his last release 'Fashion'. However do catch this one. Worth a watch at least once.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous hbsp said...

umm..thanks. now i know what to watch tonight :P

5:45 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks!! Hope you liked the film!!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Amritbir Kaur said...

A very well-written makes the film all the more tempting to watch...

6:14 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks!! Do keep visiting!!!

9:01 PM  
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