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Percept Picture Company and Madhur Bhandarkar have come a long way together with their successful association with movies like PAGE 3, CORPORATE and TRAFFIC SIGNAL. And coincidentally Madhur has won the National Award of Best Film Director for all of PPC movies he worked on.
Now the 2 have joined hands once again for the upcoming film JAIL, a hard hitting yet sensitive tale of an ordinary man which stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse, Manoj Bajpayee in the lead roles. While the music of the film has been composed by Shamir Tandon and Toshi - Sharib, lyrics are penned by Sandeep Nath, Ajay Garg, Kumar, Turaz.
The Protagonist Parag Dixit was the King of his own World... A great job, a lovely house, a night out with friends at some suburban watering hole after a hard day's job... life just couldn't get better for him, Parag Dixit is living a dream life his loving girlfriend Maansi!
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Speed... that's what Parag's life was all about and a certain impatience that came with it... to get on with the next step of life when a sudden veer thrown up by Fate destroys Parag's utopia... Things take an ugly turn when after a series of unfortunate events he suddenly wakes up in jail; handcuffed slapped on his wrists, answering Cops, infrequently getting slapped or rammed in the stomach and randomly beaten up by the cops... all he can remember is his Mother's worried face and his Girlfriend's trying to be brave but failing ... everything else was a blur, confused visuals, sounds emotions, events...
Parag is perplexed and in a place far from his utopian life. A place far removed from reality... a system that functions on its own rules, not so easy to comply... for some it is a life worse than hell… everything here is taken for granted, including one's crime. Surrounded by the dregs of society... Parag is now a numbed soul... zombied, blank, unmoved... the new entrant to Barrack number 2 and its mini world within... a clear misfit and sitting target for anyone who had anything against clean cut, good looking, upper middle class boys... it's a nightmare that's only just begun ... compounded by dirty, crowded spaces, inedible food, hostile cellmates, angry Policemen and weird rules of the place... no one believed Parag would survive this... for even a day... He tries hard to face away from the ugly truth and wish it's all a bad dream but soon succumbs to the prison anarchy. The only salvation he finds is in Nawab, the Resident Supervising Convict (Warder) who believed in two things... one that Parag was innocent and another that his inner integrity would see him through...
From the comfort of his numbness, soon Parag discovers the inner mechanism and the science responsible. He slowly steps out to actually see and understand the world around him, understands the wretched status inside the prison, the world of arrests, court cases, pending cases, years of waiting, broken hearts, shattered souls... some sad people in search of hope... and those who managed to find comfort amidst the four prison walls. Slowly Parag lets himself feel the helplessness and the anger... rebelling, questioning, hurting himself to gradually learn to accept his Fate and begin to find a steely resolve within...
He is left with a choice, to either live a life that controlled and exploited or fight against the system!
Why should he accept the helplessness that the system forces upon you when there were those for whom Jail was just an inconvenience... their powers not diminished by a degree and whose hawk eyes were constantly scanning for souls that could be broken in...? Souls like Parag... who were willing to accept any answer that seemed to quieten his questioning mind...
What begins now is a race to the finish between the powerful forces of the place that can offer Parag his freedom and Nawaab's friendship that can only offer Faith and Hope...
In the end what would you choose...? Freedom or Hope?
Exploring life's tough choices through Parag Dixit's journey... Jail is a complex fabric of human emotions that is eventually a metaphor for life itself.
Neil Nitin Mukesh as Parag Dixit - Parag seriously believes he's God's chosen child. In his mid-twenties, Parag already has everything going in his life, loves the luxuries of high living and is willing to work hard and party harder for it. Has his path carved out for him up ahead and is very impatient about getting there...until one fateful evening when everything changes!
Mugdha Godse as Maansi - Parag's love interest and an independent woman who lives life on her own terms. Maansi has never asked for the commitment yet because she would like Parag to arrive at the decision himself and she loves him too deeply to question the imminent commitment. A bond that only gets deeper and sealed across the bars because Maansi is Parag's only ray of hope outside the Jail and the reason to go on despite all hurdles. Maansi is Parag's resolve.
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Manoj Bajpai as Nawaab - No one knew Parag's strength except for Nawaab. In his mid - forties, Nawab is considered honest and humble. He has already served 10 years of his 20 year jail sentence. Very few people know Nawaab's real story and fear him for it. Compassionate yet ruthless when required, Nawaab is the conscience of the story and Parag's moral compass provided; Parag is willing to listen to him.
Arya Babbar as Kabir Mallik - In his late twenties, Kabir is a sweet faced, wily character, who works for the underworld inside the jail and is their chief recruitment officer. Everyone knows who he works for, yet there is a humane side to his character that is his charm.
Rahul Singh as Abdul Ghani - In his early thirties, Ghani is a tough looking, silent, brooding type. A natural sense of superiority and brutal strength keeps him away from the herd, including Parag who he simply can't stand by face, till an unexpected camaraderie develops. He’s an under trial in jail who is often lured by the underworld inside who want to use him for their malicious interests. His only love in life is his beloved wife
Manish Mehta as Ghalib - In his late thirties, Ghalib is a poet who does shayari (poetry) on random things inside jail. A lovable character, who is friendly with everyone, but dreams of seeing life outside Jail.