Page 3 (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Madhur Bhandarkar|
|Produced by||Bobby Pushkarna
|Screenplay by||Manoj Tyagi
|Starring||Konkona Sen Sharma
|Edited by||Suresh Pai|
|Distributed by||Lighthouse Films Pvt. Ltd.
Page 3 is a 2005 Indian drama film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and produced by Bobby Pushkarna and Kavita Pushkarna about the Page 3 culture and media in the city of Mumbai. It stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma, Anju Mahendru, and Boman Irani. The film won three National Film Awards, including the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film. The film also features actor Sunil Shetty in a special appearance.
This article exposes insight into Page 3 life in cosmopolitan cities.
Madhavi Sharma (Konkona Sen Sharma) arrives in Mumbai and soon lands a journalist job. Her boss Deepak Suri (Boman Irani) gives her the task of reporting celebrity news. She begins her journey in the glitzy and glamorous world of celebrity lifestyle working on Page 3. Her roommate Pearl Sequiera (Sandhya Mridul) is an air hostess and wants to marry for money. Gayatri Sachdeva (Tara Sharma) later joins them. She is an aspiring actress and gets involved with a leading actor, Rohit Kumar (Bikram Saluja). When she tells him that she is pregnant with his baby, he suggests she have an abortion. Depressed and shattered, she unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide and, in the process, loses her unborn child. Meanwhile, Pearl marries a wealthy old man and moves to the United States. Madhavi plans to expose Rohit by writing an article on his relationship with Gayatri, but her editor kills the article, and she is forced to apologise to Rohit.
Madhavi finds out that her boyfriend is gay, when she finds him in bed with her best friend, Abhijeet (Rehaan Engineer). As soon as Madhavi begins to get disillusioned with her job, she declares that 'the party is over' for her. She soon realises that the glamorous world of celebrity life is not as glamorous as it seems. She requests her manager to assign her to a different field and lands on the "crime beat" with Vinayak. She accompanies Vinayak as they comb the city for all kinds of crime news.
On one such trip, they witness a bomb blast in city which affects Madhavi emotionally. Forced to pull out due to her boss to cover a Bollywood party, she comes across the ACP in charge of the bomb blast she witnessed, insensitively discussing the incident. This disturbs her and she lectures the ACP, who was apparently at a film shoot instead of attending to his responsibilities towards the injured. As Vinayak goes to cover another news, Madhavi asks to take charge of crime news. She gets a tip that a number of boys from Anjali Thapar's rehabilitation home have gone missing, as during a search, a number of boys could not be accounted for. Police inspector Bhosle finds out that a number of children are at Ramesh Thapar's bunglow; but he does not have a search warrant. However, based on Madhavi's words, he conducts a raid and arrests Ramesh Thapar, who is using children for sex acts; Bhosle also finds other corporate personalities. Madhavi captures the whole story with photo shoot, asks this new item to be the headline for the next day's news edition, and hands out all the details to her Boss. He promises to take serious note of the issue and do his best; the same night he meets with the newspaper owner, who is the best friend of Mr. Thapar (from whom his paper receives major advertisements and other events coverage contract). Fearing major loss to his business, the owner declines to publish the news, and asks Madhavi be dismissed from service.
Meanwhile Gayatri, who supposedly returned to Delhi, sleeps with a director and gets cast in a movie.
The film was a commercial success. It opened to average opening but with positive word of mouth and raving reviews, it went on to do great business later and emerged a box office hit.
- Konkona Sen Sharma ... Madhavi Sharma
- Atul Kulkarni ... Vinayak Mane
- Sandhya Mridul ... Pearl Sequeira
- Tara Sharma ... Gayatri Sachdeva
- Anju Mahendru...Ritu Bajaj
- Boman Irani ... Deepak Suri
- Bikram Saluja ... Rohit Kumar
- Nasser Abdullah...Romesh Thapar
- Rehaan Engineer...Abhijeet Patnaik
- Soni Razdan... Anjali Thapar
- Kunika Lall... Monaz
- Kurush Deboo... Hiren Sanghvi
- Madan Jain...ACP Uday Yadav
- Bobby Darling... Fashion Designer Zulfi Khan
- Manoj Joshi ... Bosco
- Suhasini Mulay... Pratima Bhave
- Maya Alagh... Pushpa Bhargav
- Upendra Limaye... Inspector Arun Bhonsle
- Dolly Thakore... Vijaya Agarwal, wife of Pramod Agarwal
- Yusuf Hasan... Pramod Agarwal, chairman of Agarwal Publications
- Suchitra Pillai...Fashion Designer Sonal Roy
- Darshan Jariwala...Mr. Tejani
- Navni Parihar...Sheetal Tejani
- Kishen Mulchandani...Page 3 Socialite
- Mukesh Tyagi...Member of Parliament
- Jai Kalra...Tarun
- Pradeep Velankar...Film Maker Charu Mohanty
- Parmita Katkar...Dancer (in the song Kuwa Maa)
- Gopal K Singh....Gomes Drug Supplier
The film has won the following awards since its release:
- Golden Lotus Award - Best Film - Bobby Pushkarna and Kavita Pushkarna
- Silver Lotus Award - Best Screenplay - Nina Arora, Manoj Tyagi
- Silver Lotus Award - Best Editing - Suresh Pai
- Best Female Debut - Konkona Sen Sharma
- Filmfare Award for Best Film - Bobby Pushkarna and Kavita Pushkarna
- Filmfare Award for Best Director - Madhur Bhandarkar
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Konkona Sen Sharma
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Sandhya Mridul
Death of Amit Ralli
- Indo-Asian News Service (15 May 2004). "Death of young actor Amit Ralli shocks the film unit". nowrunning.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012.