Allah ke Banday - External Reviews

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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22 reviewers have given Allah ke Banday an average rating of 2.5/5.0 (?)

8 yays
8 nays
6 so-so

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So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Allah Ke Banday is a promising debut by Faruk Kabir but is not void of amateurish rawness in direction and acting. ... full review

Thumbs up bigoye.com ...Farukh Kabir has hit the bull’s eye with his directorial debut.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...a mixture of all the above mentioned movies with only one worth remembering scene and several forgettable ones.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Karmalkar, Bollywood Chaska ...Apart from his stellar act, Faruk must also be lauded for his scintillating direction, screenplay and dialogue. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the flipside, the writing isn't convincing at times... full review

So-So by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...could have done with a tighter script... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...The first half of the film has some wrenching moments, in the way kids are treated in juvenile homes (Naseeruddin Shah makes an appearance as a nasty warden, and later, Atul Kulkarni as a reformer), but after that there is not much to grip the audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Venkatraghvan, Filmfare ...Director Faruk Kabir has a firm grip on the story that slips a bit in the second half but picks it self up before you can complain... full review

So-So by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...Faruk Kabir the director scores over Farkuk Kabir the writer.... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...There is something annoyingly simplistic about gruffly, gutter groups... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Expectedly, you can count on Naseeruddin Shah to show us how it's done.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Some of ‘Allah Ke Banday’ reminds you of ‘Sleepers’; some of it is ‘City Of God’; it also references several recent similarly themed Hindi films touching upon the slumkids-crime-life axis.... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Sharman Joshi does a fine job, as always.... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, MiD DAY ...Sharman's character seems one-dimensional. His romantic track with Anjana Sukhani distracts you from the actual story. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...The film definitely makes an impact which is further enhanced by its authentic locations and lingo.... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, MSN Entertainment ...The gripping narrative takes us through the world of petty crime and underage lawlessness non-judgementally... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Kabir's cameraman Vishal Sinha goes through the rugged merciless slums searching for only Allah-knows what. ... full review

Thumbs down by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...Allah Ke Banday is not a noir and neither is it a true drama - because the drama never builds. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The film tries to be 'dark and hard-hitting,' as the blurb on the back of the DVD cover will surely say, but is compromised by poor acting from the support cast and, well, ludicrous writing. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The high point of the film are its strong performances and its authentic backdrop... full review

Thumbs down by filmbear, Upper Stall ...There is hardly a reflective moment in the film.... full review