Jail - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

The word spells gloom, the vision it creates makes a shiver run down the spine. The things you've read about this thing called prison invoke the worst of your imagination. The Neil-Madhur combination brings this harshness to life.



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Plot Summary

Parag (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is wrongly accused of a crime he hasn't committed. His life in prison is what we are about to see.

What Worked

  • Mugdha Godse's make-up and look as the movie progresses.
  • The overall absence of words to convey feelings.
  • The entire nicotine-coat look given to the jail.
  • The irony that the registration in a jail seems so similar to checking into a hotel. One's to curb freedom and the other is to enjoy it.
  • The first sequence - its not gory but its intense. You desperately want it to end, even if it means that you are getting into a predictable flashback.
  • The economics and politics within a prison.
  • The cricket bookies comment that the match decisions in cricket are more instantaneous as compared to volley ball!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Mugdha Godse's acting as a chirpy girl in the beginning.
  • Awful choreography.
  • Completely forgettable songs.
  • The fact that the woman suddenly wears salwar suits now that calamity has struck. Really? Is that all a woman would think - these are bad times, let me wear Indian!
  • Joe D'Souza's tattoo. Badly sketched!


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Why weren't drivers and passengers wearing seatbelts while driving in a car!