Remanded to policy custody, a man reviews his options in an overcrowded jail while awaiting trial.



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Credited cast:
Nawab (as Manoj Bajpai)
Parag Manohar Dixit
Manasi Pandit
Parag's 2nd lawyer
Kabir Malik
Abdul Ghani
High Court Judge (as Nasser Abdullah)
Chetan Pandit ...
Jailor Arvind Joshi
Alka M. Dixit
Cricket Bookie DesaiBhai
Sandeep Mehta ...
Advocate Harish Bhatiya
Kamlesh Sawant
Mukesh Tyagi ...
Mukesh Tyagi (as Mukkesh Tyagi)
Parvez Khan ...
Kaveri Jha ...
Sabina Ghani (as Kaveri Zha)


Shortly after getting promoted as Regional Manager of Max Finance, Parag Dixit gets arrested in Bandra for Firing at Police, and Possession of Narcotics. His associate, Keshav, is grievously injured, and is hospitalized in a coma-like condition. Parag's widowed mother, Alka, and Air Hostess girlfriend, Manasi Pandit, retain Advocate Harish Bhatiya to represent him at a preliminary bail hearing, but the Judge denies bail. Housed in an overcrowded barrack, with barely room to move, Parag meets with a variety of people - both convicted and awaiting trial - including Abdul Ghani, Kabir Malik, Galib Suratwala, Nawab, Bababhai, etc. Parag again appears in Court e after a charge-sheet is filed, but again, due to the seriousness of the offenses, fear of tampering with evidence and witnesses, he is denied bail. Several months later, Keshav is now deceased - and Parag, embittered by abuse, loss of faith in an overburdened system - with overwhelming evidence against him - faces trial as the only... Written by rAjOo (

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The larger picture is terrifying
1 June 2016 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Madhur Bhandarkar's brand of realistic films but somehow never managed to see Jail until today - on TV.

Jail is a sordid story that needs to be repeatedly told to remind us of the larger picture of thousands of undertrials (and even convicts in some cases) languishing in prison for years on end. Many of these people could even be innocent. A case in point is the news this week of the man who was kept behind bars for 23 years and now completely acquitted. Shocking and horrifying are not adequate descriptions.

The sets, costumes etc are realistic though undoubtedly sanitised. Cinematography is superb as is the acting. Neil Nitin Mukesh does a brilliant job as an innocent who is barely managing to cope with his incarceration. Manoj Bajpai and everyone else are also excellent in their roles.

Though in this case there is a happy ending in that Neil is acquitted, the larger picture is that people are languishing in Indian prisons for years on end, facing untold horrors apart from the loss of liberty, who should not be there in the first place.

I do not know why Jail did not do well at the box office. Some critics say it is due to Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani releasing at the same time.

Jail surely deserved a better run. Do watch the DVD or when it runs on TV.

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