Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer: Bobby Pushkarna
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma, Bikram Saluja and Boman Irani
Madhavi Sharma (Konkona) has left her home in Bangalore to come to Mumbai to be a journalist. She lands a job as a reporter on page 3 events. Moving through the fake smiles, air-kisses and wild parties, Madhavi reports regularly on the subject. She is living in with an airhostess friend Pearl Sequiera (Sandhya) who dreams of marrying a rich man and settling down in life one day. Madhavi meets Tarun (Jai Kalra) a model who is trying to make it big. She also bumps into a budding actress Gayatri (Tara Sharma). Gayatri has been moving around in parties with her secretary with the hoping of meeting producers who would cast her. Gayatri soon shifts into the house with Madhavi and starts living with her. Madhavi tries to help Gayatri by introducing her to many friends in the film industry including Rohit (Bikram Saluja) who is a big star. Madhavi's boss Suri (Boman Irani) supports her a lot, but knows what his organisation wants. Due to the increased popularity of the pages, the workload also increases. In the meantime, Madhavi has a few ideological clashes with the crime reporter of the newspaper Vinayak Mane (Atul Kulkarni) who feels that Page 3 reporting is not journalism. Jai and Madhavi get along well and a bond develops between them. Similarly, Pearl tags along with Madhavi and meets a much older man whom she agrees to marry knowing well that she would have an old man as a husband, but lots of money at her disposal. A sequence of events at a death ceremony of a socialite, who commits suicide, changes Madhavi's life and she starts reporting on crime assisting Mane. She sees bomb blasts and victims, does reporting that news reporters do and suddenly gets an insight into life as well. In the meantime she also realises that her boyfriend Jai also has a boyfriend himself as he chooses to use the bed as a stepping-stone to stardom. And Gayatri tries to commit suicide when she gets pregnant with Rohit's child and he asks her to abort. She also uncovers a major story when she catches the husband of the dead socialite red-handed indulging in child abuse. But instead of publishing her story, her boss sacks her at the insistence of the owner of the newspaper. She goes back to page 3 reporting in a different newspaper and suddenly things seem to be back to normal. The film is full of black humour. The film takes a big dig at the social lives of people. It talks of how people are not what they seem at parties. It shows how everyone wants to be printed in the page 3 of newspapers and seen in the entertainment news shows of news channels. Madhur Bhandarkar has done a wonderful job. Konkona Sen Sharma is brilliant. Jai Kalra is fine in his debut film and Bikram Saluja has grown as an actor. Boman Irani too performs well in a restrained role. Suddenly Atul Kulkarni is performing like star. He has a good screen presence and makes an impact. Tara Sharma looks cute and doesn't have much to do though. Sandhya Mridul stuns in a few scenes. Overall Page 3 is a wonderful film to watch.