Three of Us is a beautiful cinematographic feast that carefully maneuvers around the complexity of the human heart. The direction of Avinash Arun, performance brings this 2023 Hindi-language drama film to stand out in contemporary cinema. Shaifali Shah’s representation of Shailaja who fights against early-onset of dementia is nothing less than fascinating. The film transports us into a rhythmic journey when Shailaja along with her spouse (Swanand Kirkire) returns back to her childhood years in the beautiful Konkan region.
The visuals are a feast for the eyes, showcasing the stunning landscape that provides the setting for Shailaja’s quaint journey down memory lane. Jaideep Ahlawat, as Shailaja’s childhood friend Pradeep has a strong performance that helps add a layer of depth to the story. Along with Arun, Barve and Chatterjee, the screenplay is woven into an intimate and universally relatable story. The dialogues that are spoken beautifully with a lot of restraint make a deep impact.
Alokananda Dasgupta’s music embodies the emotions felt, synchronizing with the atmosphere of the movie in every scene. The narrative takes on a poetic form, providing with a melancholic contemplation of love, death, and the constant change. The film “Three of Us” is not just a movie but a sensory journey that lingers in your mind even after the movie ends. It sensitively discusses themes of absolution and retribution, so only the real movie fans who want to have an important and warm cinematographical trip through the labyrinth of human relationships should watch it.
Story and Screenplay (9/10): The story of “Three of Us” is heartfelt and offers an insightful look at issues such as love, loss, and memory in a relatable manner. The script is wellwritten, simultaneously being intimate and universal.
Performances (10/10): The cast, headed by the talented Shefali Shah, does an admirable job. Every actor reflects depth and truth in their characters adding another dimension to the film.
Direction (9/10): Avinash Arun’s direction is also praiseworthy since he is able to bring out the emotional substance of the story and also make the beauty of the Konkan region come alive on the screen. Pacing and visual storytelling accentuate the impact of the film.
Cinematography (9.5/10): The cinematography is incredible, with fantastic shots that blend perfectly with the mood of each scene. The visuals relate to the journey of the characters and increase the aesthetics of the film.
Music and Soundtrack (8.5/10): Music by Alokananda Dasgupta increases the atmosphere and emotional appeal of the film. However good the soundtrack is at times it is eclipsed by the strong performances and visuals. It strings the heart in soft and subtle way!
Production Design (8/10): The setting of the picturesque Konkan region in the film is done skillfully creating a good setting for the story telling. The detail that is paid to depicting the local buildings and natural features makes the narrative more realistic.
Dialogues (9/10): These dialogues, written by Arun, Barve, and Chatterjee, are powerful and compelling. They play a huge part in the characters’ development and show the intensity of the emotions the film addresses.
Emotional Impact (9.5/10): “Three of Us” is an emotionally charged film that stays with the audience, encouraging the audience to feel empathy for the characters and reflect on the difficulties and vagaries of human interaction. The film’s personal touch makes it effective.
Editing (8.5/10): The editing ensures the coherence of the narrative that would allow the audience follow the action and relate to the characters and their story. On the other hand, there are instances when having a more tightened edit might have improved the pace.
Overall Impact (9/10): One of the few masterpieces of modern Indian cinema, “Three of Us” is a thoughtful and heartfelt take on memory and forgiveness. With the power to touch the heart of its audience, it clearly represents the promise of storytelling in film.
Overall Rating 9/10
Highly recomended for people, who like offbeat movies.