Allah ke Banday poster

Allah ke Banday

wogma rating: Watch when on TV/online (?)

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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Director: Faruk Kabir
Running time: 35 minutes
Genres: Crime, Revenge, Social
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Allah ke Banday - Preview

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.

Music Reviews milliblog - " Too many cooks, as usual, you know what…!"

Bollywood Hungama - "the overall results are not the kind that would make one gaga about the intrinsic quality that the album would have brought with itself"

Pkanet Radiocity - "Ishq Bector signs and raps in his inimitable style and the song is a welcome relief from the dark and heavy mood of the album."

News links courtesy: reviewgang.com

- meeta, a part of the audience

The "revenge is futile" concept is as new as the next "boy meets girl" plot. Moreso, when it's set in a Mumbai slum. But that in combination with the "ganglord wants to mend his ways" has enough meat to make a film if it is treated with finesse. Allah Ke Bande starts on its way there, but gets lost in trying to stylize and dramatize. A couple of very interesting plot points lose out because the writer/director don't know where to focus.

The writing also suffers from the usual pace issues. One half slow, other half desperately trying to catch up. I understand the set-up is necessary for us to feel for the characters, but here it didn’t matter. The second half could very well have been a different film. None of the characters introduced in the first half have anything to do post-interval (yeah-yeah, except the protagonists!)

Sharman Joshi is the cool, calculative planner, Vijay and Faruk Kabir is the impulsive executor, Yakub. Though there were times when Yakub doesn't follow plans and Vijay does most of the execution. But there's no serious, unfathomable deviation from initial set-up. Sharman does a very good mix of tense, disappointed, rebellious, romantic. Faruk on the other hand is very repulsive. This is intentional in all likelihood, but it gets overbearing and boring to see him on screen. Oh yeah, and the boys who play young Vijay and Yakub didn't work for me one bit. Their fuming seems superficial and their wigs serve as an unpleasant distraction.

And despite the two doing exactly what is need of their characters, they fail to engage you. How is it possible when you are not privy to their plans? If I just see the execution, all I end up saying is "a shootout is a shootout is a shootout" and "a chase is a chase is a chase." What's the point if I don't care whether or not the chaser is caught and who is being killed in a shootout?

There are soft moments and a couple of thought-provoking dilemmas. Mostly evoked by Atul Kulkarni's character, masterji (the school teacher). That's the situation, not the performance. This role is nothing close to what our man is capable of. The other moments are allowed by Anjana Sukhani's character, Sandhya. Sure, this is just another case of the woman being used as a prop, but Sandhya had shades of Parveen Babi's Anita in Deewar.

There are many more smaller characters, but none that stick with you except for Naseeruddin Shah's performance as a warden. He has an impact on your nerves when he's on screen but after having seen the whole film, that role just looks like it was there for that one brutal scene in the jail.

Allah Ke Bande's attempt at showing the inhuman conditions prevalent in such "homes". It tries to show how much harm these homes do instead of teaching the children a better way of living. It doesn't want to take a risk and keeps itself from getting too dark.

A movie about crime usually has very little new to say. Allah Ke Bande tries real hard. You can't say it succeeded, if after seeing all the difficulties the protagonists go through, you feel, they get it all too easy. Are too many movies on the subject desensitizing us?

- meeta, a part of the audience

22 reviewers(?) - 8 yays 6 so-so 8 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So-So, by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com : ...Faruk Kabir the director scores over Farkuk Kabir the writer.... 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 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 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 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 down, by filmbear, Upper Stall : ...There is hardly a reflective moment in the film.... full review

14 tweeters(?) - 8 yays 1 so-so 5 nays

TRUTHFLdisaster: MOVIE REVIEWS- 'ALLAH KE BANDEY' s a realistic look at our society n general.a must see movie.but only for niche audience liking

shiekhspear: Saw Allah Ke Banday. Small film-yet very powerful in the statement it makes. Kudos to dir Faruk and producer Ravi Walia! A must watch! ★★★

PallabB: Allah Ke Bandey is a must see film.... We must encourage good cinemas....

kns008: And finally watched Allah Ke Bandey. N.Shah has left a landmark of acting in this movie.U r sticken as movie goes ahead.Decent Refreshment.

Kailashkher: Watched Allah ke Banday last nite, what a movie for a new film its so powerful. Subject n great craft.. Kudos to Faruk Kabir

ipavanC: #Bollywood Movies update, allah ke bandey must watch :) break k baad watch only if no option :)

BollywoodZooms: watched Allah Ke Bandey...decent work>

bollywoodx: Review: ALLAH KE BANDEY is easily one of the best film of the year. But screenplay should have been tighter. Go for it 3/5

Abu125: Allah Ke Bandey is a good honest effort that is well-shot and definitely could have been better but definitely a decent watch !!!

_prithwish_: back to tweeting .. break ke baad one time watch. the secretariat ok but lil borin in bits. allah ke banday gritty but lacks punch..

yashrocks09: Allah Ke Banday lacked the punch required, it was like it hits you with a scene and then goes down and so on..

Sethumadhavan: Allah Ke Banday- an interesting premise and a good 1st half, but then its a downhill journey till the end.

ronyd: Allah ke bandey 1st half overacting kids cut to overacting faruk kabir.

PattieGonsalves: Allah Ke Bandey. CAUTION: Entirely avoidable. Laugh out loud funny for all the wrong reasons!

5 readers - 2 yays 3 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by minesh1963 : Bravo Faruk and beware Farhan Akhtar, for Faruk is not only a talented filmmaker

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vikrant : Allah ke Banday is unbelievably similar to City of God http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1292642/

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Two boys from the slums are budding criminals and end up in a remand home for delinquents. They come out stronger and meaner men.

What Worked

  • The effeminate character in jail.
  • Sharman Joshi's 'tall, dark, and handsome' look.
  • Vithhal's story

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The on-the-face comment on how the goons know the law better than the Police
  • The choreographed reactions to events by all in the first half an hour of the film
  • The lighting in the film, too theatrical.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads include rape in a boys' remand home for juvenile delinquents
  • Language: Not too frequent but strong and in Hindi.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A scene of love-making - mild.
  • Concept: That of revenge, and how the society is doing nothing about the kids who grow up with crime.
  • General Look and Feel: Sepia and glum

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