Teen Deewarein – another mesmerising piece of good cinema by Nagesh Kukunoor.
Shot amidst prison premises, Teen Deewarein is about three prisoners and a documentary maker. All the three prisoners are convicted of 3 murders that changed their lives entirely. The movie opens with these three incidents and moves to the prison.
Jaggu (Jackie Shroff) is a poet and shares a perfect bond with his inmate Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor); while Ishaan Mirza (Naseeruddin Shah) walks in later, and becomes a part of their group.
Chandrika (Juhi Chawla) is keen on making a documentary on the life of these three prisoners as they are on the death row. She follows them, talks to them and tries to understand the psychology behind the crime they committed. Jagga does not reveal much, as he has accepted his offence and is waiting to be hanged. On the other hand, Nagya keeps swearing that he did not push his wife. While Ishaan is more of a fun loving person and isn’t guilty of what he did because he believes it was an accident.
In this journey of revelations, suspense and turmoil of emotions Chandrika gets stronger and manages to end an abusive relationship with her husband.
She gets deeply involved with the story of all the three prisoners and tries her level best to help them. The movie is a little slow, but it manages to keep you along and makes you wonder what will happen next.
The dialogues are very effective. The script is pretty strong, and the performances make it all the more engaging.
I wish I had seen this movie in 2003 itself.
If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it here!
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