His Fashion may still be at least 4 months away but Madhur Bhandarkar is not resting. While he is busy looking at wrapping up the last schedule of the Priyanka Chopra starrer, he has announced his next film Jail. Yet again, the filmmaker who recently won a National Award for the Best Director (Traffic Signal) is aiming for a realistic take in Jail that promises to be follow the hard hitting trend of Chandni Bar, Satta, Page 3 and Corporate.
"Yes, Jail too is going to be a hard hitting affair while the film's narrative would be set as a thrilling drama," says Madhur Bhandarkar who has roped in Neil Nitin Mukesh as the main lead for the film."
Why Neil? "I was quite impressed by Neil in Johnny Gaddar," exclaims Madhur, "His wasn't a conventional debut but still his performance spoke volumes. I knew then that he had to be a part of my film."
On his end, Neil says, "It is a dream come true to be working with Madhur. I know that I am not a big star or a great actor but still Madhur has showed his trust and faith in me. Working with him, I am sure that he would extract a good performance out of me. I can't wait for the film's shooting to begin." A co-production of Percept Picture Company and Bhandarkar Entertainment, Jail, which is written by Manoj Tyagi (Writer - Page 3, Corporate, Satta and Apaharan, Director - Mumbai Salsa), would get on floors in the month of October and as per the plans, it's shooting would be through by November. The makers have already announced the release date as May 1, 2009.
"By nature, I am a very restless person," smiles Madhur whose biggest film till date, Fashion, boasts of a huge star cast and mega Crore budget, "Fashion has it's own grandeur and scale that required the film to be shot over a period of time. However, Jail should be a quickie." From Fashion to Jail, isn't it quite some transition to be moving from the world of glitz and glamour to gritty locales? "That's the entire fun and challenging part," beams Bhandarkar whose Jail promises to be depicting the real scenarios about the happenings within and outside Indian jails, "Jail has been designed as a film which would give a ringside view of what happens in Indian jails. Typically, in Hindi films, a jail is shown as pretty glorified, but in case of my film that's not going to be the case. It is going to be realistic while keeping the entertainment quotient in mind."
Over the years, it has been observed that Bhandarkar cinema bears resemblance to real life situations while characters too are straight out of life and can be identified with. Is that going to be the case in Jail too? "Absolutely," Bhandarkar is quick to respond here, "My main protagonist in the film, Parag Dixit (Neil Nitin Mukesh), comes across quite a few characters while being lodged in a jail. Audience would be able to identify with quite a few of them." In fact, as per rumors, the film also references the real life case of Mumbai based Alistair Periera who was recently sentenced for running over his car on laborers sleeping on the street.
While the film has Neil Nitin Mukesh as the central protagonist, it would boast of en ensemble cast, something that is the hallmark of Bhandarkar films.
"Yes, the film would have quite a few characters contributing to the plot. While Neil has been finalized, names of others would be announced soon. These would again be a bunch of talented versatile actors who promise a rock solid performance," comments Bhandarkar who has quite a few regulars like Upendra Limaye and Manoj Joshi on his rolls.
What is Jail? Jail is a hard-hitting yet sensitive tale of an ordinary man Parag Dixit (played by Neil Mukesh) who finds himself inside the four walls of a prison due to a series of unfortunate events around him. The film is from his point of view and tells the stories of several other inmates. Some of these are under trials, convicts and also the cops who are in charge of maintaining order in the prison.