Monday, December 21, 2009


Medium : Hindi
Starring : Neil Nithin Mukesh, Manoj Bajpayee, Mugdha Godse
Director : Madhur Bhandarkar
Music : Sharib Toshi, Shamir Tandon, Amar Mohile

Films like 'Chandni Bar', 'Page 3', 'Traffic Signal', 'Corporate' and 'Fashion' discussed themes which were adapted from real reflections of the society. Though they were all commercial films, the difference in presentation made them unique. The man behind all these movies should be noted here and he is none other than Madhur Bhndarkar, who has directed all these movies; he also belongs to the team of script writers who had written theses films.

So when such a prom
inent director is coming with his new film, the expectations will be more. His new film, 'Jail' has got Neil Nithin Mukesh in the lead role. The actor, who is also the great grandson of yesteryear singer Mukesh, had got films like 'Johny Gaddar', 'New York' etc to his credits. Mugdha Godse, who has been introduced through the director's previous venture 'Fashion', is the heroine. Manoj Bajpayee, who has not been busy these days, has done an important character here.

Here, the hero Parag Dixit (Neil Nithin Mukesh) is a regional manager in the stock exchange. His lover (Mugdha Godse), is an air hostess. While traveling in his car with his room mate, police chases them and when the car is stop
ped, his companion ran away and the police fires at him. The police seizes drugs from the vehicle which was carried by his room mate and Parag is being arrested. He is being kept in the police custody and trial happened for months. The court was not ready to accept his innocence and he was rejected bail every time. He got a companion (Manoj Bajpayee) in the jail. He is sentenced to 10years imprisonment by the sessions court. In the end, after two years the case is taken to the High Court where a lawyer (Atul Kulkarni) fought for his justice and he was freed in the climax.

The film which covers the majority of scenes inside the jail is not at all enjoyable; here the director had tried to highlight the darkness more. We can't demand it to be colorful as the theme of this film doesn't demands it. There is nothing special in the story here; how an innocent guy is put in jail and the trial w
hich happened for months has made him frustrated (as the viewers) and in the end the right justice is granted.

The performance of Neil is ordinary. Manoj Vajpayee (who is also the narrator of the story sometimes), has done well. The heroine is here as a visitor in jail and court rooms. Cinematography by Kalpesh Bhandarkar gave the dull mood. Background score done by Amar Mohile doesn't matches with the mood of the film.

Since the theme of the film is not colorful, the director should have changed his style here. Rather than the realistic approach, he should have done something cinematic this time, to attract the audience.

Recently, I watched the French film 'A Prophet', where the story is about the happenings inside a jail. Though the story is different, it which was an extra ordinary attempt that doesn't bored me for a second...

'Jail' doesn't gives you a pleasing experience; no need for a worry even if you have missed it.

Rating : 5 / 10

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