There are hundreds of movies released in Bollywood every year, some big budget, and much more small budget ones. Most small budget movies are made with minimal effort to make enough money to survive in an industry dominated by Big Names.
On top of it, what are the odds that a first time director can make a movie that challenges the stereotypes?
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The odds are definitely against, but still, Arjun Mukherjee, a first time director, delivered a movie I’d call Transcendent. I didn’t expect to be blown away like this when I entered the theatre the way I was.
This was partly because of the awesome screenplay of Althea Delmas Kaushal, Partly Because of Director Arjun Mukherjee and Partly Because of the Actors, who fit into their roles like Cinderella’s Glass Shoe.
The movie, as the title suggests, follows 3 different stories of people living in a chawl in Mumbai. An elderly woman looking to sell her house, a housewife with an abusive husband and an ex-lover, and a Hindu Girl, who wants to marry a Muslim Boy.
All these stories are Beautifully narrated by Richa Chadda, who plays a Seductress living in the same chawl.
And one cannot expect how a 100-something minute long movie can narrate these 3 stories simultaneously, and end them in a shocking conclusion that makes us realize that real life has real consequences. The whole plot and storytelling is designed to grip you to your seats as the generic looking stories take a trip to memory lane to unravel some dark secrets. For a first time director, it’s an achievement.
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Not only that, but the leading ladies steal the show as well. Renuka Shahane plays Flory Mendonca, an old woman living alone. She SLAYS it. Nothing less. Masumi Makhija plays Varsha, a conflicted housewife with ease and shows what she has learned in her years in the industry.
Aisha Ahmed is a new actor who portrays a young girl in love with great simplicity. Richa Chadda, though having short screen time, makes a great impact, as usual. Even the supporting male cast, Sharman Joshi, and Pulkit Samrat are good, although Sharman wasn’t at his best.
Overall, 3 Storeys is a more than just a movie, it’s a reflection of our lives, more complicated than they seem, intertwined with secrets from past and decisions for future. It’s worth your Time and Money.