Allah ke Banday - Preview

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Dark, violent, underworld crime drama. There's more of the same. With a slight difference that's not completely new, but some thought nevertheless. That's not enough though. You are left a spectator and are not riding along with anyone in particular.



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Allah ke Bandey is about two juvenile delinquents. So it is about how they are treated in jail for juveniles and what becomes of them when they come back to real world. But this awesome trailer shows there's more meat. It is also about relationships and perceptions. I am absolutely kicked about seeing this film.

The poster has a very gritty, city crime feel, but one of the first things you read about the film is, “it’s not a film about crime, it’s about the society we live in”. This sounds fluffy, something some marketing person made up for the sake of being different. I was just about to dismiss the film as yet another film about Mumbai's underbelly and the crime that goes with it, I came across this very interesting interview with Faruk Kabir. It talks about the music, the shot taking in great depth. Also, another interview shows Faruk's inisight.

In a larger picture, the film is a tribute to all the children of the world who are exposed to crime as the society they live in isn't giving them better opportunities.

I've been waiting for a good lead role for Sharman Joshi. Here, he might not be doing a solo but it will be a treat to watch him in a serious role. The other lead is played by director, Faruk Kabir. He has great intentions -

"Allah Ke Banday will open a Pandora’s box and will raise a lot of uneasy questions to which, we as citizens of a democracy, have a right to demand answers to,” he points out. “I want to make things uncomfortable for those in power.”

Meanwhile it seems to have succeeded in getting the censor board uncomfortable, not that it takes much. Seriously, I think I'll soon have to start a section which lists the censor board objections for each film. Just look at how ridiculous this is getting. They want the term “Gandhigiri” removed because the sentence refers going to jail!

It's not fair to the audience. They don't get to see what the director/writer had in mind. Someone who is not at all related to the film decides what stays in. Grrrr. Anyway, I'm still looking forward to the film this coming Friday.

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