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"3 Storeys", set in a chawl, explores intertwined lives where secrets are revealed and life in this small community is not as it seems.Wikipedia

3 Storeys Reviews


At less than two hours though, the film is never a slog. There was potential here to create a compelling drama about the dark secrets that ordinary folk bury out of sight. But at best it’s a half-baked experiment with a few shining moments.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


Everyone plays it quite competently, despite the predictable beats. Nice to see Renuka Shahane, who aims for naturalness despite some stodginess in the way her part is written.

Anupama Chopra
Film Companion


This isn’t a film that lacks ambition but it never becomes one that is essential.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times


This isn’t a film that lacks ambition but it never becomes one that is essential.

Rohit Bhatnagar
Deccan Chronicle


Watch 3 Storeys for an unconventional treatment and short length which is rare in Hindi movies.

Rohit Bhatnagar
Deccan Chronicle


Watch 3 Storeys for an unconventional treatment and short length which is rare in Hindi movies.

3 Storeys is a movie of endless surprises: There's one murder, one giant regret re-lived and regurgitated, and one devastating catastrophe that comes out of nowhere. But none of these high-points has any room for discharge.The dead man and the wailing lovers, all seem to be holding it back for the fear that the neighbours may hear them.

For all its flaws, 3 Storeys is still worth watching because it seeks to engage with the audience in a manner that is anything but run of the mill.

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Times Of India


3 Storeys cleverly demonstrates the art of skillfully telling a story wherein all the loose ends of a plot are tied together into a neat whole. Watch it because fact is stranger than fiction, but fiction when narrated well, can make movie watching an immersive experience.

All said and done, this movie is for those who enjoy suspense thrillers. Keep your expectations in control and you’ll surely get worth your ticket price. Renuka Shahane will surprise you and on an average, you’ll like at least one story of all the three.

Have we seen such anthologies on the Indian screen before? Joshi himself was part of Life In A Metro, similarly a slice of life kinda collection of shorts, set in a metro. But this one is more like Dus Kahaniyan, if you may, only less exhausting, since lengths of films don't matter as much as moving from one experience to another, without much of a breather, does.

Komal Nahta
Komal Nahta's Blog


3 Storeys is a well-made film which boasts of fine performances by the lead actors, but the fact remains that its commercial prospects are very weak.

Manisha Lakhe


3 Storeys are three stories about people who live in a Mumbai Chawl (old fashioned project housing). It's almost refreshing and yet not really. Someone from the ensemble cast overdoes it. It's almost good, and then it isn't because you've read the story somewhere. It's an idea that's not new and yet, a decent effort. Would have been smarter move to put it straight to Netflix or Amazon.

The narration saunters along such that even a judicious running time of around 100 minutes feels uncomfortably long. Mukherjee manages to achieve a sense of voyeurism, but once you have seen enough of their lives, you leave the characters behind in their milieu without a backward glance...



Overall, an intelligent viewer would initially dismiss the film as a lazily penned plot with banalities and plot-holes galore, but then the writers cheekily and astutely wrap up the film... At some points, it makes you say, "Ah, I did not see that coming."

3 Storeys, which is well-cast with suitable talents, is a quirky cinematic experiment. Like bedtime stories, some stick while others are entirely forgettable. This film, which is a collection of such bedtime stories, is stuck somewhere in the middle.

Audience Reviews for 3 Storeys

  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    258 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    3 Storeys looks like an anthology film, and almost is, with the exception that the stories are indirectly tied together. A narrator takes you through the lives of inhabitants of a 3-storied chawl in Mumbai. These characters are from different walks of life and what makes them interesting are concepts of revenge and fate. Renuka Shahane plays an old Goan lady currently looking to rent her chawl flat for which she has quoted a price 4 times than its market rate; Masumeh Makhija's character is a victim of domestic abuse by her alcoholic husband and is startled to find her past coming back to her; and Aisha Ahmed is a naive, young woman in love with her neighbour, unbeknownst to the fact which her mother has been hiding from her for long. More than the stories themselves, what elevates the appeal of 3 Storeys is the moral of each story. I'm pretty sure that you are going to turn your head when you find out what Shahane's character is up to, as you would when you indulge in other characters and their realistic stories. The entire cast do a decent job in following director Arjun Mukerjee's cues as he takes them on a ride to say few things about this suspense story we call life. However, once you reach the climax, you get a feeling about the mediocre drama that you enjoyed while it lasted. While some characters are written well, others have shades of traditionalism; and at the end, it slowly moves to the territory of contrived drama, which had the editors cut out, would have made the whole broth tastier. In an attempt to give us happier endings, 3 Storeys sacrifices its art, making it a sweet little film that is just not great enough to talk about once you complete watching it. TN.

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    April 04, 18