Known for his reality and hard hitting movies, Bhandarkar brings to us the reality inside the four walls of Jail. This jail is way too different from the filmy jail that we used to see and still see in our movies. Even the court hearings are so much done to reality, leaving the typical filmy way of how they take place in our usual movies. Madhur should deserve a pat on his back for the amount of hard work and research that he did to plot out Jail as real as possible.
Technical: Madhur Bhandarkar's direction is worth mentioning. Sub plots are weak, but nonetheless finely directed by Madhur.
Screenplay could have been better. It starts off slowly initially, but picks up only after the characterization has been done deeply.
The climax is weak. It just doesnt justify the way it ends. It could have been done earlier as well.
Editing was fine. One wishes that some subplots should have been cut out from the final cut of the movie, though.
Background music is fine. Camera work is good. Cinematography is well done.
Music: Not a single song is hummable. Nice to listen to Lata ji's voice, but the composition is too weak. Bareily ke Baazaar mein is a disaster and one of the most pathetic songs to have come out this year. Saiyaan Ve is okay, while Milke Yun Lagaa is definitely the best among this crap set of songs.
Performances: Neil Nitin Mukesh delivers his finest performance till date. He has shown his growth as an actor in each of his movie and he goes on to deliver a superb and electrifying performance in Jail. Be it the scene where he says ' he'll go mad inside the jail' or be it when he is kept separately in a dark prison. Neil is simply excellent!!!
Mugdha hardly has a role. But is fine in whatever she gotta do.
Arya Babbar was good, while Manoj Bajpai didnt seem too convincing.
On the whole, Jail is a hard hitting cinema but does have a certain mass appeal too. The second half is brilliant, while the first half is good but only thing that might act as a drawback is the time it takes to build up characters.