Sahi Dhande Galat Bande

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quick review:

Parvin Dabas directs himself well. And he gets a few scenes right, but other than that his debut as a director Sahi Dhande Galat Bande doesn't engage as a film with a social message ought to.

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Director: Parvin Dabas
Running time: 120 minutes
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There's an archaic law, which needs to be changed to be fair in today's times. The politicians and businessmen are taking advantage of the law and the common man is getting the raw end of the deal. The common man protests. The politicians and businessmen try to thwart the protest using the rulebook to their convenience. Sound familiar? And you thought there is only one such law that our country needs to be fixed. In this instance, we are not talking about an anti-corruption bill, in fact Sahi Dhande Galat Bande is talking about the laws related to Land Acquisition for public use. Unfortunately, it keeps it interesting only so much. And falls flat on its face with its simplistic solution.

Sahi Dhande Galat Bande is a mix of themes and styles. It's not that these things can't be mixed well in general, it's just that here, they didn't blend and flow well together. This is a film that makes huge spaces of lush green farms look rugged. Later you have a gun-fight in slow motion with whitewashed/bleached shots. Both stylizations work in their space but when put together in a film, they don't look like one product.

Sahi Dhande Galat Bande also tries to make a point. But, the point is ages old and there isn't a new way in which the film makes it. Fortunately, though the dilemmas the main character is made to go through are half-promising. And you are looking forward to how he is going to resolve it. It's a different matter that you are let down. But, getting there is fun and interesting.

The performances are all good and in character. If only, the writers dwelled a little more on characters other than the lead and brought out a little more color to their personalities. Because they looked like they had interesting facets, only we were not privy to them.

Maybe the only reason Sahi Dhande Galat Bande got me interested is the relevance of the topic is given this week's events in the country. I wonder what would have come of it if the release date wasn't coincidentally so close to Anna's protest against corruption. Surely, I doubt it has potential to ruffle too many feathers even now, because of the marketing budget constraints and the lackluster way in which it's done. But it might do well as the debut film of a director.

- meeta, a part of the audience

18 reviewers(?) - 8 yays 8 so-so 2 nays

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Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...a kind of unique effort... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...A decent watch! ... full review

Thumbs up, Daily Bhaskar : ...The brilliant concept, intelligent direction and soothing music are the high points.... full review

Thumbs up, by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema : ...Desi Dude’s Delectable Debut... full review

Thumbs up, by Piroj Wadia, Free Press Journal : ...Dabas the actor is competent, who has the best lines is Ashish Nayyar as Ambani and he does fair justice.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nupur Barua, : ...All the actors are good, and talented, but they do not appear to be giving their all to their characters. This, again, is possibly the fault of the director, and the debuting youngster, Udit Khurana, mumbles and looks confused.... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Sharat Saxena as the gangster Fauji is also appropriate, while Kiran Juneja Sippy doesn't have a lot of scope in the film as the CM.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Co-writer and director Parvin Dabas’s storytelling is self-assured, and his ability of telling a relevant story that’s also fun, is significant. ... full review

So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Not so much for its finesse but its intention, one may take out time for Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande.... full review

So-So, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...Thoda Sahi Thoda Galat ... full review

So-So, by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini : ...Peepli Live meets Delhi Belly in the wrong way ... full review

So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...the climax was highly predictable.... full review

So-So, Mumbai Mirror : ...Isolated, the scenes are absorbing and underlined with reasonable performances, work for what they are: a case of the sum being less than its parts... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...can be watched once but only with no expectations. The film has its fair share of goods and bads. can be watched once but only with no expectations. The film has its fair share of goods and bads. ... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...the film does have some rough edges and tends to meander a bit. ... full review

So-So, by Mr Care, Upper Stall : ...The aforementioned glibness unfortunately also comes at the cost of establishing serious tension, as there no build-up for any of the tracks, or for a hard-hitting denouement at the end. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi : it because it is an honest attempt.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shaikh Ayaz, Rediff : ...It must, however, be reiterated that Parvin demonstrates a conscientious social-realist side to him and takes a stand -- that injustice won't be tolerated. For the same reasons, let's not judge him on the basis on this one film alone. ... full review

11 tweeters(?) - 6 yays 3 so-so 2 nays

rajantina: nice watch. sahi dhandhe galat bande. highly recommend. @parvindabas

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nigam_actor: frnds plz watch sahi dhande galat bande . It a meaningful story . Superb. 'badmas jarur hai par kaminey nahi...'

neena_k: Sahi Dhande Galat Bande! * * * ! Sahiiii!

namashi_1: Friends, Please Go and Watch @parvindabas Directed 'Sahi Dhande Galat Bande'. It's one winner of a motion-picture!

editorbharathi: Parvin Dabas handles d story, hs performance & direction of Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande wd equal poise.Review @parvindabas

RjDhvanit: Not A Love Story - 1 mirchi Chatursingh - 0 mirchi Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande - 2 mirchi

Kiran_km295: Sahi dhande galat bande has it's heart in the right place. Good first effort from @parvindabas.

AlwaysTrishla: Watched Parvin dabas's directorial debut "sahi dhande galat bande" last nite. Good effot, well shot by dear frend Anshul Chobey

VaibhavVinayaka: saw "sahi dhande galat bande". this was a total no audience show. and preeti disappointed me. #please dont watch.

Sameepvyas: Sahi Dhande Galat Bande actually Slow than a trutle pulling a truck !!!!!! and Moreova have a Special Appreance of "THE PREETI JHINGYANI "

1 readers - 1 yays 0 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Hot bollywood news : Parvin Dabas makes an honest attempt at making a decent entertainer.

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few fist fights.
  • Language: More or less clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One or two scenes which imply sex.
  • Concept: The kind of film in which the lead character is considered to be on vacation when he is in jail. That kind of a guy grows a heart and wants to do good for "others".
  • General Look and Feel: Very grainy. Very sepia.

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Running time:
120 minutes

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Sahi Dhande Galat Bande is a awesome movie. Anupam Kher has done good job. watch-hindi-movies has this movie online.

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