3 Storeys movie review: A slice of life film, where you can expect the unexpected

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Directed By: Arjun Mukerjee
Produced By: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Priya Sreedharan 
Cast: Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Sharman Joshi, Renuka Shahane, Masumeh Makhija, Ankit Rathi, Aisha Ahmed
Duration: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

Right now sitting in a CCD, writing this review, maybe I am a part of a story or maybe someone would be thinking that I could be a character in their story. After watching ‘3 Storeys’, suddenly life for me has become a story, a story that I am a part of, a story someone would be thinking of narrating.

Arjun Mukerjee’s ‘3 Storeys’ revolves around the characters of a chawl, the characters that we would relate to in our day-to-day lives. The movie focuses on three stories – first one of Mrs Mendonca (Renuka Shahane) and Mr Naik (Pulkit Samrat), the second one of Varsha (Masumeh Makhija) and Shankar (Sharman Joshi) and third one of Sohail (Ankit Rathi) and Malini (Aisha Ahmed).

The movie starts with the beautiful voice-over by Richa Chadha. She mouths a very profound dialogue, “Har Chehre Par Emotions Hote Hai, Aur Unn Mein Basi Alag Alag Kahaniyaan”. And that’s where I came to know that the movie won’t just be a simple story, and I am in for something exciting. Every story narrated in the film has a twist, maybe a few of you would even guess what the twist is, but the way it has been narrated by Arjun Mukerjee, that’s praise worthy. I haven’t seen any film where the twist in the story has been narrated so subtly without going dramatic.

The only problem here is that while the screenplay in the first half is tight and engaging, the second half loses it’s grip a bit especially in the last story. However, the film manages to surprise us once again in the climax, a twist that none of us expected.

While narration is good, and screenplay could have been a bit better, one department where the film gets full marks is that of performances.

Do you guys remember Pooja from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’? Yeah the same girl who danced on the song, ‘Lo Chali Main Apne Devar Ki Baraat Leke’. I am sure you guys remember her, none other than Renuka Shahane. With this film, Renuka makes her comeback and believe me, you will be left speechless after seeing her on the big screen. It’s actually a role we never expected Renuka in, and believe us she has nailed it. After Renuka, the actress who really impresses is Masumeh. She is brilliant and I wonder why we don’t get to see her in more films. Pulkit Samrat is good in his role, and I am extremely happy to see Sharman Joshi in a good film as he has just been doing some erotic thrillers here and there. Ankit Rathi and Aisha Ahmed make an impressive debut.

And a special mention to none other than Richa Chadha. With a very minimal role, Richa makes an impact and she has looked gorgeous in the film. She will surely make all the men in the theatre drool.

Overall, ‘3 Storeys’ is a slice of life film sans the drama we mostly get to see in movies nowadays.

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