Cast: Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Masumeh Makhija, Sharman Joshi, Renuka Shahane, Ankit Rathi, Aisha Ahmed
Direction: Arjun Mukherjee
3 Storeys is a multi-starrer film that walls the audiences through the journeys of the lives of people residing in a Mumbai chawl. Renuka Shahane returns to the screen after long and so does the pair of Sharman-Masumeh. Richa and Pulkit are seen again after ‘Fukrey Returns’ in a completely new avatar and director Arjun Mukherjee introduces us to two new performers Ankit and Aisha.
Story: 3 Storeys are three stories set on different levels of the same chawl. The first story revolves around how a businessman Vilas Naik (Pulkit Samrat) looking out for a house in Mumbai, lands at Auntie Florie’s (Renuka Shahane) house. Now, it’s not simple as it looks like both of these characters have a backstory which has been revealed as the time progresses.
The second story is of that of the couple of Varsha (Masumeh Makhija) and Shankar (Sharman Joshi). It’s about the fate of their love story and how they give each other duration of one year to go and make it big in life. The third one is about a young couple in Suhel (Ankit Rathi) and Malini (Aisha Ahmed) and how their caste comes in between their love.
Renuka Shahane has looked every bit of that under glamed Christian-Konkani Auntie Florie that she portrayed thanks to the trimmed wig had helped her perfect the characterization. The depth in her performance is extraordinary and she stands out among the rest with her acting prowess. Pulkit Samrat plays a regular looking boy for a change and convinces of the part. He’s done a fairly decent job.
Richa Chadha doesn’t have much to do but whatever she does gets registered on your mind. Her seductress avatar is great to watch.
Masumeh Makhija is a stunning performer who conveys a lot with her eyes and that has been very appropriately used in the narrative of her story. Sharman Joshi is a sober performer but he was not as much as an essential part of that story. Tarun Anand, the actor playing Varsha’s husband is a man you’ll love to hate in the film for all that torture. He was very believable.
Debutant actors Aisha Ahmed and Ankit Rathi played their opposite selves and made it look believable. That is the subtle beauty of their casting. Ankit shows a spark while Aisha plays her character with much ease. Their love story is adorable and the twists in it are nail biting.
Music: Clinton Cerejo’s music is strictly subjective to the film and not a listener’s playlist per day. There are no great songs except for Arijit Singh and Jonita Gandhi’s Bas Tu Hai which looks good onscreen.
Direction: Althea Delmas Kaushal’s story dissects the film into three different stories bound by one address which caters something for all the audiences coming to watch the film. Debutant director Arjun Mukherjee keeps the film simple, the background score is enough to take the narrative forward. The set up he creates of the usual gossip sessions and chores of a chawl are supported well by the cinematographer. The panning of camera plays an important part in the film, through all the three stories and then while revealing the twists and turns.
Renuka Shahane’s story appears to be the strongest despite it not being shaped very well. A widow Richa’s exuberance is enjoyable. The twist in the tale of the young lovers is a little weird but can be ignored. The climax is something you may like or dislike but it’s definitely very interesting to know how fascinating the life in a chawl and the aspirations that come out of it can be.
Cinespeaks Verdict: DO NOT miss the suspense thriller this week. It’s the best film to come out this week in comparison to the other two. It will definitely see a jump in its collection with the Word Of Mouth but we hope it isn’t too late. Renuka Shahane will surprise you and you’ll like at least one story of all the three. Cinespeaks gives the film 3.5 out of 5 stars!