Starring Naseerudin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Nagesh Kukunoor, Juhi Chawla, Gulshan Grover, Aditya Lakhia and Vallabh Vyas
Producer : Elahe Hiptoola and Sanjay Sharma
Story/ Screenplay/ Direction : Nagesh Kukunoor
Music: Salim sulaiman
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Nagesh Kukunoor is one of the most explosive and intelligent film makers to enter Bollywood in recent years. After watching 3 DEEWAREIN he cements his longstay in Bollywood regardless of the commercial outcome of his films. 3 WALLS is one of the most intelligent, thought provoking and well acted films that one has witnessed in recent years.
film tells the story of 3 inmates who have all been sentenced the
death penalty. All three have been charged of cold blooded murder.
Jagdish Prasad aka Jaggu (Jackie Shroff) was a lawyer who has been charged guilty of murdering his wife. He admits to his crime and looks forward to his death sentence. He wants to die as he feels that he deserves it in order for justice to be served.
Nagender Babu aka Nagya (Nagesh
Kukunoor) was stuck
in a unhappy marriage. One day while arguing at the crossing his wife
gets pushed in front of a car and dies a horrific death. He had no
part in her death at all yet due to his wifes father who is a judge
hell bent on making sure that he is hanged till death no matter what.
Nagya is a optimist who feels that justice will be day be served and
he will be let off...
comes Chandrika (Juhi
time film maker who wants to make a short film about prisoners and
prison life hence starts researching the three death row prisoners....
she wins their trust and and finds out exact details about their
crimes, what led to crimes and whether they feel any remorse or not.
Chandrika herself has a troubled life with a cruel husband who
physically assaults her since he is unsuccessful in bed.
As the movie nears the end we find out there is more than meets the eye to each of the prisoners story and even to Chandrika. The plot twists that follow form the crux of the story.
The basic premise of the movie has a few similarities to Frank Darabonts SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION but 3 DEEWAREIN is a completely different and 100% orignal film apart from this minor similarity.
a director this has to be Nageshs best film to date. He takes strides
as a director and emerges victorious. Be it the mood and atmosphere of
the movie, the well etched put characters, the "real" and
fleshed out performances or the well directed smooth pace the film
flows....Kukunoor proves that he is one H U G E asset to Bollywood.
performances of the movie prove to be the mainstay.
Shroff is at his best as Jaggu. His poetry and dialogues are
superb and this has to be his best performance in recent times. His
pain, anger, remorse are all expressed with his eyes, Jackie was the
ideal choice for the role.
Juhi Chawla is also at her best with what can be considered a career turning performance. Her last stint in JHANKAAR BEATS was also good, but here she is just amazing. As Chandrika she is flawless in a de glamourised role and proves that she is one of the best actresses we have in indian cinema today. Her interaction scenes with the prisoners are eye opening.
real star of the show is no doubt Nasseridian Shah! This film shows
why Nasseridian Shah is one of the BEST actor that we have in
Indian Cinema today. If the younger generation hasn't witnessed some
of his older films, they will see what he is all about here. As Ishaan
-Shah gets sinks his teeth right into the character and comes out with
a remarkable performance. Each dialogue, facial expression and
expression of the eye is simply stunning. The character of Ishaan is
extremely complex and only an actor of Shahs calibre can pull it off
with the right amount of charm. Hats off to Mr Shah.
supporting cast are all in top form. Gulshan Grover is ace as a
custodian. Every now and then he springs a surprise with a sensible
performance and shows that he is indeed a extremely talented actor,
check him out in EARTH and BAWANDAR
and you will see what i mean.
Vyas, Sujata Mehta and Aditya Lakhia all perform
their roles with conviction.
scenes in the movie deserves a special mention and will linger in the
memory of the viewer.
* The opening sequences with Jaggus poetry
The sequence where Chandrika initially question them all and the frame
cuts between all three of them as they speak about their crimes...one
of the BEST canned sequences in recent years.
Each and every scene where Chandrika and Ishaan share the frame, their
*The entire last half hour of the movie which has twists and turns in abundance and the upbeat climax which leaves the viewer believing in something called HOPE.
the film is flawless. This has to be Kukunoors biggest film to date
and he hasnt wasted the money on flash locales or anything, rather he
has given his film the right ambience and atmosphere and made the film
looks extrenely realistic. The sets of the jail, the thicks walls of
the jail and the cells are all extremely well created.
Vincents cinematography is spellbinding and award worthy as with
Sanjid Dattas editing. The effect of using different color frames for
different shades of the story works well and having the flashbacks in
black and white has the desired impact.
Salim Suleimans background score after BHOOT and DARNA MANAA HAI is once again astonishing.
what are the flaws? I found HARDLY any apart from a few small scenes
which i found repetitive but even they were justified later. Its sad
that a film like this will not be accepted by our audience and only a
select section of the audience will watch it, while the rest will
dismiss the movie as a "offbeat" venture when it is indeed
entertaining and enlightening all at once.
3 DEEWAREIN is one of the BEST films to come out in recent years so do your intelligence a favour and buy the DVD instantly since it is one to add to your collection and cherished over years.
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