Rating *** 1/2
Like most films made by Madhur Bhanderkar this one too is not sugar coated nor does it beat round the bush. It just shows the audience a terrifying mirror about the stark reality that is a cold and brutal Indian jail in any major metro of Indian. What makes the film rather chilling and harsh is that it borders too close on reality to make you absolutely discomfortable. The question that haunts you after the movie is long over is what if that happened to me & I was in the shoes of Parag Dixit the lead protaganist & how would I handle it and what if there was not a wishful ending to the sordid torture? Cud My Family & Love Ones Take The Pressure In Those Circumstances?
It's these very disturbing questions that make the film so absolutely realistic and the film so believable actually exactly like most of Madhur Bhanderkar's films right from Chandini Bar till Jail. In many ways Jail is a brutally stark film but at the same time it's also very near the truth and the finer nuances have been captured minus any fancy make-up.
After a decent launch in Fashion Mugdha is repeated in Jail by Madhur Bhanderkar and this time around she is the only heroine in this project unlike Fashion where the focus was mainly on Priyanka Chopra & Kangana Renaut along with her on center-stage. Neil Nitin Mukesh has a plum role and he goes at it with hammer and tongs and the end result is an absolutely fantastic performance that makes you want to reach out and comfort him.Such is the agony & trauma that he projects with his realistic performance of an innocent undertrail who gets implicated falsely and the nightmare never seems to end.
Madhur Bhanderkar may or may not walk away with several awards as is becoming a habit with most of his films but his biggest reward is that his films find an immediate audience inspite of his hard hitting and even disturbing themes and that speaks volumes at his deft filming of intricate subjects with no visible compromising to make it box-office viable!!!
BY THE LIP SHANDIL