Director: Arjun Mukerjee
Starring: Pulkit Samrat, Sharman Joshi, Richa Chaddha, Renuka Shahane, Ankit Rathi, Aisha Ahmed
Screenplay: Althea Kaushal, Delma
Excel Entertainment and Open Air Film’s 3 Storeys is quite competent, despite the predictability . 3 Storeys is set in a Mumbai chawl, and the time is here and now. We see the inhabitants, who live on different floors and they are the stories: there’s your elderly busybody aunty Flory Mendonca (Renuka Shahane) who has a ‘kholi’ (Flat) to sell, but is waiting for the right buyer. Then comes a potential buyer called Vilas Naik (Pulkit Samrat) anxious for a house near a train station, but not in the way you’d think; there’s the abused wife Varsha Angre (Masumeh) of a drunken lout, who is suddenly confronted by her lost love (Sharman Joshi); there’s the young Muslim lad Suhail Ansari (Ankit Rathi) in love with a pretty Hindu girl Malini Mathur (Aisha Ahmed), unaware of the dark secret that surrounds them; and a perky voice (Richa Chaddha) who is the ‘sutradhaar’, the teller who knits the tale. The film comes of nicely but in bits not overall. The best story among the three is of Rehnuka and Pulkit’s. the other storey’s are just as efficiently related though the endings in two of them are less exciting. Be that as it may, 3 Storeys’ brisk pace, realistic feel and undramatised tone which makes it worth a watch.
The performance by the entire cast is good especially performances of Renuka Shahane and Sharman Joshi are the best; they both have given stellar performances. The debutants Ankit Rathi and Aisha Ahmed are good and Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chaddha and Masumeh have done justice with their characters.
Production values are good, Cinematography is excellent and Editing is also very nicely done.
As a director, Arjun Mukerjee in his debut film has done a pretty good job, the life of people in these homes is shown beautifully. He does not overtly try to make a grand statement about life in Mumbai, focusing instead on particular lives that catch his eye and, as it happens, making a point while he is at it.
At the box-office,
The film has opened to a lukewarm response and will find going tough.