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3 Deewarein (2003)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 August 2003 (India)
The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life.


Nagesh Kukunoor


Nagesh Kukunoor
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Ishaan Mirza
Jackie Shroff ... Jaggu (Jagdish Prasad)
Juhi Chawla ... Chandrika
Nagesh Kukunoor ... Naagya
Gulshan Grover ... Mohan Kumar
Aditya Lakhia ... Malli
Sujata Mehta ... Jaggu's Wife
Sanjay Sharma Sanjay Sharma ... Ishaan's Lawyer
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Chandrika's husband
Ayesha Jalil Ayesha Jalil ... Nagya's Mom
Elahe Hiptoola Elahe Hiptoola ... Smriti Prasad
Suresh Gera Suresh Gera ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vikram Inamdar Vikram Inamdar


Reporter, Chandrika wants to film a documentary on the life of prisoners and thus seeks permission from Jailer, Mohan Kumar to conduct a study on three prisoners that are soon to be hang - a qualify lawyer, Jagdish Prasad alias Jaggu, guilty of knifing his unfaithful wife multiple times to death, Ishaan Mirza, a con-man, guilty of shooting a pregnant bank teller to death while Naagya causes the death of his wife by pushing her in the midst of a running vehicle. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Chandrika: Just because you can't get it up...
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References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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A movie script which makes the hollywood jealous
22 August 2003 | by huskarlSee all my reviews

The first time i heard about the movie , my reaction was i have to see this one. coming from one of my favourite directors Nagesh Kukuonoor and performers like Naseereruddin Shah.

When i actually got down to see the movie , my feelings were mixed. The performances in the movie were just astounding , the direction was just superb ! but the only downer half way down the movie was i kept having deja vu of having watched the scenes in "Shawshank Redpemption" . The movie did not have the impact till it reached the climax scenes. It was then i realized that the movie was not at all what i expected it to be. And this my friends is a rare find in indian movies. I guess you all must agree with me on this particular point. After the climax was over all i could do was sit dumbfound. I was speechless. This movie that played before me was the best movie of this genre made by an indian in india. It was way better than shawshank redemption in many asepects. (although i am not her undermining the movie in any form , who can ever forget the narration by morgan freeman in that movie).

The direction needs applause by us all. The flashback type concept was great. The first scene when Chandrika (Juhi) meets the 3 convicts was unbelievable . (in the sense that this was actually directed by an indian director) . The contrast of the 3 characters that was potrayed by Nagesh in that scenario was overwhelming. The movie gives the viewer subtle hints throughtout which one realises once the climax scene was over. The best part of the movie was that each one of the dialogue was well built in to the plot of the movie. Starting from the "Aapko pehle kabhi dekha hai" to every other statment.

I think i do not need to comment on performance by Nasseeruddin Shah. He is just amazing. One of the best actors the Indian cinema has seen ever. He is complemented perfectly by Juhi, Nagesh , Gulshan and Jackie. The serious role of Jackie was just too good and he stood up to the role beautifully. Nagesh also played his character true to life.

In all , i would sign off by saying, that if you are one of the people who appreciate movies like shawshank redemption , fight club, memento then DO NOT MISS ON THIS ONE. I would rate the movie better than the afore mentioned 3 movies, and to be honest i loved them all. But if you are the kind who likes masala movies and do not want to appreciate the direction of the movie then this one is not for you.

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1 August 2003 (India) See more »

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3 Deewarein (3 Walls) See more »

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Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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