3 Storeys focuses on various lives of the inhabitants of a chawl in Maya Nagar, Mumbai which includes mainly Varsha (Masumeh Makhija), a married woman who’s a victim of domestic abuse, Flora (Renuka Sahane), an old Christian lady who wishes to sell her house and two young lovebirds Suhail (Ankit Rathi) and Malini (Aisha Ahmed) whose romance is hindered by their respective religions.
Positive Points: –
- Devoid of any unnecessary drama, the realism of 3 Storeys and its grounded story and characters are delectable to watch and connect with.
- A few twists and turns that make the plot broadly likeable.
- Most actors have performed honestly out of which, Renuka Sahane and Masumeh Makhija make a brighter impact.
Negative Points: –
- No matter how good the twists are, they are fairly predictable and have nothing special to offer.
- Althea Delmas Kaushal’s screenplay is substandard and jerry-built.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Arjun Mukherjee makes a bold attempt to make a simplistic movie which appeals to the limited audience in his very debut. As I have always said that it’s a director’s job to abate the flaws in the screenplay and Mukherjee has done exactly that. He has managed both his actors and their sequences aptly to render them more impactful. On the other hand, the screenplay by Althea Delmas Kaushal turns out to be the real antagonist of 3 Storeys. Though its basic outline is impressive, the execution has been disappointing as the storyline is marred by obvious flaws and predictability. However, I liked the ending of the film which I felt was a fresh element introduced to an Indian film.
On the technical side, the music is generally passable, though the song Bas Tu Hai is warm and melodious. The cinematography and editing by Will Humphris and Arindam Ghatak are also well executed.
Renuka Sahane being the veteran actress shines the most as the calm and broken old lady. Her part is probably the best in the entire film and the entire credit goes to her acting prowess.
Masumeh Makhija gives a serene and measured performance without any drama. She is the next best thing in the movie and imparts the film its emotionality.
Sharman Joshi, Aisha Ahmed and Ankit Rathi are good though there’s nothing to write home about their acts.
Pulkit Samrat disappoints with his unskilled execution of an easy role.
Richa Chadha makes an interesting cameo.
Final Verdict: –
3 Storeys isn’t a movie that a generic audience would understand or love. It has own virtues and vices and my response is no less mixed for it. Of all the things I liked, I appreciate its tight execution within a 100 minute’s runtime, though a better screenplay could have made it universally likeable. That’s where the film hits and misses simultaneously.