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Jail – movie review

A realistic prison drama


Jail, movie review

Parag Dixit (Neil Nitin Mukesh) seriously believes he’s God’s chosen child. In his mid-twenties, he already has everything going in his life, loves the luxuries of high living and is willing to work hard and party harder for it. Parag is living a dream life with a great job and his loving girlfriend Maansi! Jail movie review…

Maansi (Mugdha Godse) is an independent woman who lives life on her own terms. She has never asked for the commitment yet because she would like Parag to arrive at the decision himself and she loves him too deeply to question the imminent commitment.

Has his path carved out for him up ahead and is very impatient about getting there…until one fateful evening when everything changes!

However things take an ugly turn when after a series of unfortunate events Parag suddenly wakes up in jail; handcuffed and randomly beaten up by the cops. He is perplexed and in a place far from his utopian life. He tries hard to face away from the ugly truth and wish it’s all a bad dream, but soon succumbs to the prison anarchy. The only salvation he finds is in Nawaab, a convict and a warden who believes that Parag is innocent.

Parag’s bond with Maansi only gets deeper and sealed across the bars because she is his only ray of hope outside the Jail and the reason to go on despite all hurdles. Maansi is Parag’s resolve.

Soon, Parag discovers the inner mechanism and the science responsible for the wretched status inside the prison and hordes of broken hearts and shattered souls which managed to find comfort amidst the four prison walls. He is left with a choice, to either live a life that is controlled and exploited or fight against the system!

There are inmates inside the jail. Abdul Ghani (Rahul Singh) is a tough looking, silent, brooding type. A natural sense of superiority and brutal strength keeps him away from the herd, including Parag who he simply can’t stand by face, till an unexpected camaraderie develops. He’s an under trial in jail who is often lured by the underworld inside who want to use him for their malicious interests. His only love in life is his beloved wife

Another case in Jail the film is that of Joe D’souza (Manish Mehta), a rich man’s son. One night on his way back from a big bash, where he had, had one drink too many Joe lost control of his car on a turn… the car climbed the footpath and on its way further crushed seven people, fast asleep in front of their hutments… Thanks to his rich father’s influence and the backing of a good lot of money, Joe managed to get out of jail in no time… Haven’t we read a lot or seen before?

No one knew Parag’s strength except for Nawaab (Manoj Bajpai). He has already served 10 years of his 20 year jail sentence. Very few people know Nawaab’s real story and fear him for it. Compassionate yet ruthless when required, Nawaab is the conscience of the story and Parag’s moral compass provided, Parag is willing to listen to him.

Also in the Jail, there is a sweet faced, wily Kabir Mallik (Arya Babbar) who works for the underworld inside the jail and is their chief recruitment officer. Everyone knows who he works for, yet there is a humane side to his character that is his charm.

Neil as Parag Dixit brilliantly conveys his anger, frustration and sheer helplessness against the situation that he has been subjected to and Manoj Bajpai in his intense act is awful His meaningful gaze conveys a lot in the film Jail.

Jail has an emotionally manipulative tone like a troubled family struggling to raise money for the lawyer’s fees for Parag. Thanks to the director for not showing the usual attack on the rich and the powerful like in his previous films Corporate, Page 3, etc. It is an honest attempt by Madhur Bhandarkar.

Cast of Jail:
Neil Nitin Mukesh – Parag Dixit
Mugdha Godse – Maansi Pandit
Manoj Bajpai – Nawaab
Manish Mehta – Joe D’souza
Rahul Singh – Abdul Ghani
Arya Babbar – Kabir Mallik
Mirza Ali Quli
Chetan Pandit
Ghanshyam Garg
Sayali Bhagat

Credits & Crew of Jail:
Banner: Percept Picture Company, Bhandarkar Entertainment
Produced by Shailendra Singh
Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar
Written by Madhur Bhandarkar, Manoj Tyagi
Screenplay – Anuradha Tiwari, Manoj Tyagi
Film Editing by Devendra Murdeshwar
Music -Sharib Sabri, Toshi, Sabri
Dialogues: Raghuvir Shekhawat
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath, Ajay Garg, Kumaar, Turaz
Cinematography – Kalpesh Bhandarkar
Art Department – Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Sound Design – Jayesh Dhakan
Visual Effects – Gaurvendra Singh, Suchita Suryamurty
Jail, movie review