Three prisoners facing death penalty for committing murder, a documentary filmmaker interviewing them within the walls of a “self-sustaining” prison, slowly bringing out bits and pieces of their story and getting involved herself. A theme absorbing enough to keep you glued to the screen, wondering what will happen next.
In Teen Deewaren Nagesh Kukunoor has come of age as a director. The movie is a big improvement over Hyderabad Blues – his first movie – and one sees this in many facets, notably editing, screenplay and direction. My only complaint is with the ending. Although satisfying when I watched it – especially after the gloom of impending death that casts a shadow for most of the movie – the dramatic turn of events at the end is something I could not accept fully. Happy endings such as the one portrayed are rare; reality is harsher than that. The film would have left us with a deeper message – about the helplessness of the common man in his fight against a corrupt and convoluted system of justice – had it taken the more probable course and ended in a tragedy, taking the gloom to its climax with the death of all three.
An older Nagesh Kukunoor would have scripted his story differently, perhaps. Let us wait and see what this talented young filmmaker has in store for us.