Three Of Us
Three Of Us Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes
Cast: Shefali Shah, Jaideep Ahlawat & Swanand Kirkire
Director: Avinash Arun
Three Of Us Review
Not many times do we get to watch a movie that leaves an ever-lasting impact and well, Avinash Arun’s Three Of Us is undoubtedly one such story. It stays with us for a long time. Starring Shefali Shah, Jaideep Ahlawat and Swanand Kirkire, Three Of Us is a story of hope, healing and love, set in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The film was on the list of the top 25 films chosen for the Indian Panorama 2022 at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), last year. It’s a heartening tale of finding yourself when no one around you can truly understand you.
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THREE OF US STORYLINE
The 1-hour 38-minute long film takes us into the life of Shalaja (Shefali Shah). While grappling with the early symptoms of dementia, Shailaja finds herself at the cusp of her past, present, and future. She decides to go on a trip to Konkan to revisit her childhood before her memories ebb away. Shailaja embarks on a confrontational journey with her husband Dipanker (Swanand Kirkire) that makes her deal with the questions related to a traumatic event in her childhood, the mundanity of her marriage, and the complexity of her future. On her trip, she meets her childhood lover Pradeep Kamat (Jaideep Ahlawat) and there’s still some spark between the two of them.
As Shailaja travels through the sprawling coastline of Konkan with her husband and childhood love by her side, she inches closer towards the forgiveness and liberation she has always yearned for. Three Of Us is a beautiful story that presents a delicate thread of emotions about love, loss, healing, awareness and liberation.
Shefali Shah as Shailaja delicately weaves every human emotion with perfection. In one of the scenes where Shailaja talks to Pradeep’s wife, she’s terrific. It almost feels like it’s a real-life moment and not something out of a movie. Her chemistry with both Swanand and Jaideep is something to look forward to. This is what true romance is – the one where you feel everything just through the eyes.
Swanand Kirkire as Shailaja’s supportive husband Dipanker wins hearts. He adds his innocence to the story and delivers a heartfelt performance. Jaideep Ahlawat as Pradeep is the next best thing in Three Of Us. The way he carries the story on his shoulders is admirable.
Avinash Arun keeps his direction as realistic as it gets. He presents Three Of Us in the most heartwarming manner. He keeps the writing delicate and emotional along with co-writers Omkar Achyut Barve and Arpita Chatterjee. The cinematography is impressive. The way the essence of Konkan is captured is commendable. The editing by Sanyukta Kaza is praiseworthy, she makes sure to keep the story crisp and interesting. The background music of the movie is soothing and matches the tone of the film.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT THE AVINASH ARUN DIRECTORIAL
Heartwarming storyline: What works the most about Three Of Us is its heartening storyline and the honesty with which it’s told. It is as realistic as it gets and you’ll definitely find yourself smiling at several scenes.
The ease of relationships: It’s not easy to show a story about a woman who is sort of puzzled between her past and present. But the way Shailaja’s relationship with both her husband and her childhood lover is presented with so much ease – it’s just too comforting to watch.
DRAWBACKS OF THREE OF US
Slow-paced second half: Even though the film is too beautiful to get bored, at some parts, the second half feels slow. Maybe director Avinash wanted to take it slow for the audience to feel every emotion very clearly but to me, it felt slow-paced.
If you’re looking forward to watching a heartwarming story of the simplicity of complex relationships, then Three Of Us is for you. The movie took me on a nostalgic journey and made me revisit childhood memories in my head. Watch it for Shefali Shah, Sawanand Kirkire and Jaideep Ahlawat’s touching performances.
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