Jail Hindi Movie Review
Madhur Bhandarkar directs Jail, a film that promises to be a realistic take on individuals locked behind bars in a prison. Jail stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse and Manoj Bajpai.
The movie is about Parag (Neil Nitin Mukesh) currently in police custody, for a crime he himself isn't aware of. Through flashback we are told Parag works for a finance company and has recently received a promotion. Parag has a girlfriend Maansi (Mugdha) and a room-mate Keshav, who is fond of using his personal stuff including his phone.
The two on their way back home suddenly realize that cops are following them; Keshav tries to flee but is killed when the cops fire in self defense. Drugs worth millions are found in Parag's car and he is taken into custody.
Case is filed against the accused for firing at the cops and supplying drugs. Then begins the struggle with Parag unable to cope up with the prison inmates, the food, the brutal cops and the endless court hearings. Plea after plea for bail is rejected. With Parag losing hope quickly, the emotional battle for survival and freedom begins.
There are several characters in the movie, but Neil with the responsibility of carrying the lead character, who strikes a chord with the audience with his effective portrayal of Parag. His expressions and reactions are real, like any man like him would. He portrays varied emotions with maturity like the scene when he is locked up in a dark dungeon for over 10 days and the sequences that follow. One other sequence is Parag starring at Nawab before boarding the bus in an attempt to flee, if there is one scene when silence has the loudest voice, this is it.
It is depressing at times and probably too hard to digest for most, but Bhandarkar's proves to be a master storyteller as he involves the audience completely into proceedings. Only on two occasions does he falter, one at the very beginning during the flashback which seemed hurried and the eventual climax which was abrupt.
Mugdha Godse has very little to do, its Neil Nitin Mukesh's show all the way. Manoj Bajpai is fantastic in his scenes with Neil.
To sum up, Jail works mainly due to Bhandarkar's direction and Neil's fabulous performance.