Madhur Bhandarkar has established his name as a director having the guts to bring about the contemporary urban issues in a refreshing manner with candor and JAIL also follows in the same category. Indeed for one wrongful act life of a law-abiding citizen is shattered and it becomes physically impossible for him to pick up the pieces of life once again. JAIL also tries to trace the same and is a reality check for the urban citizens of the present times who are not at all aware about what goes inside the jail. The educated elite has cocooned himself from the notion of JAIL, but when one of the citizens from the fraternity is besotted with the eventuality the whole worldview turns upside down. One does not know whether the story of JAIL is inspired from the life of a techie from Pune who was reportedly picked up by the police for sending a supposed anti-national mail, which subsequently was found to be incorrect, but life of the techie indeed went for a toss.
JAIL also is fortuitous for Neil Nitin Mukesh as it comes in the wake of NEW YORK, which also dealt with an issue of urban phenomenon called terrorism. The ability to play an underdog in adverse situations is what brings out the best from Neil Nitin Mukesh and JAIL should be no exception. JAIL has already earned significant publicity for being a film where Neil Nitin Mukesh appears in nude, and it is the first film where a male star has appeared in nude.
JAIL is indeed an area that needs focus through the world of cinema on a regular basis. Indeed Hollywood keeps on using it as a reference point in scores of films, however the Indian films have indeed moved away from the world of JAIL and they have given this vital social signpost of the country a go by. A feeling of feel-good factor has been generated into the psyche in such a way that cinema has forgotten its role of projecting another aspect of the average citizen, the effect it has on him and his family if an individual has to go to JAIL.
May be with the release of JAIL an aspect of the Indian social system JAILS would get a new focus and it could set into agenda a talk about improving our prison systems. Even if a small measure in this direction is initiated JAIL would have served its purpose.