‘Three of Us Review’ – Shefali Shah and Jaideep Journey

Three of us movie review

In Avinash Arun’s contemplative film, the flow of time and the dance of memory take center stage as Shailaja (Shefali Shah) grapples with the encroaching waves of dementia. Set against the backdrop of a marriage that has become routine, the film delves into the quiet yet profound moments before memory unravels.

Shailaja, having worked in the divorce department of a Mumbai family court, is well-acquainted with the gradual erosion of relationships. Her husband Dipankar (Swanand Kirkire) is a presence without impact, much like the efficient yet monotonous Mumbai Local. As Shailaja yearns to revisit her past in a sleepy Konkan town before it fades away, Dipankar joins her on a lyrical journey, unraveling surprises about her past.

The dormant Mogambo of Shailaja’s childhood is revealed, and a figure from her past, Pradeep Kamat (Jaideep Ahlawat), resurfaces. As Shailaja’s memories resurface, Dipankar questions his relevance in her life, unable to comprehend the presence of another man. Yet, Pradeep, now a sedate bank manager, rediscovers his poetic essence upon reuniting with Shailaja after two decades.

Avinash Arun, known for his past works exploring childhood perspectives, shifts his lens to adults reflecting on their past. With Varun Grover’s insightful dialogues and Alokananda Dasgupta’s subtly invasive score, the film immerses viewers in a contemplative experience, devoid of unnecessary sentimentality.

The narrative navigates the delicate balance between rekindling old flames and preserving the present. This in-betweenness prompts reflection on life’s cyclical nature, exploring the tendency to open new chapters while neglecting unresolved past ones. The film delicately addresses the fear of the unknown without sensationalism, offering metaphors that prompt contemplation on memory and reality.

Shefali Shah and Jaideep Ahlawat shine in their roles, transcending language barriers to convey the emotional depth of their characters. The Konkani milieu, captured without embellishments, adds authenticity to the narrative, although the story’s essence could have been enriched if told in Marathi.

Amidst the poignant moments, there are instances where self-aware writing slightly impedes the performances. However, Shah’s impeccable portrayal of Shailaja’s anxieties about losing memory and relationships shines through, especially in a poignant Bharatanatyam scene. Jaideep, with his imposing physique, skillfully portrays a character haunted by childhood trauma.

“Three of Us” is not for nostalgia enthusiasts; instead, it challenges the audience to shed societal masks and confront the inevitability of life’s cycles. The film beckons viewers to ponder the layers of memory, the complexity of relationships, and the ever-turning wheel of life.