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Jail Movie Review

Jail  Movie Review Hindi
Review for the film " Jail"
Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 06-11-2009
Genre: Social
2.5 / 5.0



The movie Jail is a documentation of the conditions inmates in Indian jails face. Now let’s see whether the movie works on us. 


The movie is seen from the perspective of an upper-class finance genius Parag Manohar Dixit, who has everything going perfectly in his life and this is shown by his upscale lifestyle, beautiful, loving girlfriend, Manasi Pandit (Mugda Godse), a career which only seems to advance towards more prosperity. However, things take an unexpected turn when Parag’s roommate gets him framed in a drug racket leading to his immediate imprisonment which keeps getting stretched even without a proper trail. The story is of an ordinary man who is overburdened by the corrupt system. Through the movie, Bhandarkar is trying to tell how the prison turns a well-functioning individual into a faceless entity devoid of any hope. In the prison, Parag finds unexpected support in the form of a fellow inmate Nawaaz (Manoj Bajpai).

Star Performances

Manoj Bajpai delivers a fine performance and manages to keep the movie interested when it tends to get repetitive. Neel Nitin Mukesh delivers a brilliant performance of a well-written role. 


Madur Bhandarkar’s forte is using shock and awe to wake up his audience towards the pressing social issues, and that is exactly what he aims to do through Jail. 

What’s there?

  • The movie has some spine-chilling scenes which sensitize the viewer and break its slumber of indifference.
  • The second half considerably compensates for the otherwise lacklustre first half. 
  • The legal process is told in a convincing manner. 

What’s not there?

The movie tends to get very monotonous over time and by the end of time, it becomes increasingly difficult to sympathize with the protagonist. 


Despite great performances, Jail as a collective effort is not outstanding.