Jail is just a lock up: A lot promised, only a few delivered.
Its easy to be less critical towards a brilliant National Award winning director and I have seen that many Movie Reviewers love to take that stand.
The problem with Jail is, there are many distractions, unlike earlier movies of Mr Bhandarkar when he was trying to tell a story about a person and people around him/her, this time round there are quite a few parallel stories running and that impacts the outcome
Parag Dixit is a upwardly mobile, corporate guy, who has got a god job, good girlfriend and a happening lifestyle. He shares his flat with another person whom he doesnt know much about.
One fateful night he is driving back home with his flatmate when police catches them; his flatmate fires at police and gets hit by a bullet in return firing and Parag falls into a legal charges of illegal storage of narcotics. HIs flatmate slips into a coma before he could clear Parag's name.
Parag gets detained and interrogated by police and then taken to court. Parag's girlfriend Mansi tries to be the only hope that Parag has and she tries her best to get a lawyer and clear the mess for Parag. The lawyer is not able to free him and Parag gets JC (Judicial Custody), which is he is sent to the JAIL.
The movie then follows Parag's life and life of other inmates in the jail.
Its a story about hope.
Neil Nitin Mukesh as a Parag Dixit, is impeccable with his display of varied emotions. Especially when he is put into a dark cell he portrays the madness that gets to you when you have nothing but darkness to survive with. His desperation is evident when he tries to suicide but couldnt.
Manoj Bajpai, is back with a bang. A brilliant actor, no doubt but more than he brings life into a not so common character. He is the narrator of the story and every time he speaks, he makes it sound poetic.
Mugdha Godse did a brilliant job in Fashion and she does a decent job to her character where she has not got much to do.
Where the movie fails is the editing section. The movie could have shorter by half an hour. The sluggish pace of the first half, where the story builds is a big let down. Atleast one song could have been done away with. The side characters who were once the major part of Bhandarkar's movie, are weak here.
Manoj Bajpai and Neil Nitin have ably carried the movie and if it does well then all the credits must go to them...
All in all an average movie from a good director... Nothing much to write home about.