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Kukunoor's 3 Deewarein eagerly awaited in UK

The film was inspired by a documentary on an Indian prison and a chance meeting with two ex-convicts..

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:21 IST

Used to blockbuster movies like Papillion and the popular BBC TV serials like Porridge, the audiences here love stories on life in a prison, break-outs and great escapes. No wonder the release of 3 Deewarein a film from the director of Hyderabad Blues and Rockford is being awaited with much eagerness.

It is said that the film producers Metalight Productions Pvt Ltd are a vertically integrated Indian corporate entity and follow the Hollywood Studio model.

The film was inspired by a documentary on an Indian prison and a chance meeting with two ex-convicts. Director Nagesh Kukunoor who plays a significant role in the movie, spent several months researching prison life, visited numerous jails and held in-depth conversations with the police and government authorities. It is only after this hard-graft that Nagesh has tried to create an "authentic and heart-warming script".

3 Deewarein is the story of three prisoners: Jaggu (Jackie Shroff) - a lawyer who seeks solace in poetry, Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor) - a man aggrieved with the world and Ishaan (Naseeruddin Shah) - a natural charmer for whom life means sheer freedom. The three men develop a special bond, a bond which will be tested to its limits when a documentary filmmaker played by Juhi Chawla, chooses to film the three inmates.

Filmed entirely on location and in sync sound, the film is a remarkable piece of cinema to emerge from the Indian film industry, say the reviewers here. The industry watchers predict it will make a "good impact" not only on the audiences but also on the British film makers who have now grudgingly accepted that the photography and sound recordings in India are now world class.