Films | Movie Reviews | FILM – ALLAH KE BANDEY – Review


Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on November 30, 2010 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Ravi Walia
DIRECTOR – Faruk Kabir
WRITER – Faruk Kabir
CAST – Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi, Faruk Kabir, Atul Kulkarni, Anjana
MUSIC – Chirantan Bhatt, Kailash Kher, Naresh Paresh, Tarun & Vinayak, Hamza
Faruqui, Ishq Bector

Allah ke Bandey is a brave and ambitious film. It strives to speak from the soul and make important points. A film about ghetto crimes involving children, it aims to unearth the dark and crude reality in the underbelly of the big bad city of Mumbai. Its tone is one of direct confrontation and reality is presented as is. But it is not the reality we see on-screenthat is depressing; it is the quality of the film itself.

Depressingly badly made, the film charts the lives of Vijay (Sharman Joshi) and Yaqub (Faruk Kabir). Both are closer than brothers, the latter having been adopted by the former’s family at a young age. They get into the world of crime easily. The access is easy and the need is immediate. What follows is a tryst with hard-core crime and charges of framed murder and a long stint in a juvenile home that hardens the pain of the two pre-teen children enough for them to come back and want to take over the crime-land they were born into after they are grown up. Gang wars begin and innocent children are used mercilessly for personal ends, much to the chagrin of a young and committed school- teacher who is trying to bring a better life to the young ones of the shanty-town. Violence only begets violence and as hurts heal it also gives rise to more as the two brothers hurtle relentlessly towards complete destruction until they do something about it.

However, neither the story nor the story-telling is as coherent or meaningful as this. Meandering and meaningless, it spurts and stops, as amateurish screenplays are so often wont to. The direction and acting take a similar route denying any kind of engagement or value to the viewer. Sharman Joshi and Naseeruddin Shah do their best in limited roles and bad direction and even actors such as Zakir Hussain and Atul Kulkarni demonstrate how bad direction can demolish good actors as well. The music is a misfit with its modern-day sounds completely foreign to the world of the film and the hand-held camera-work seems like the sole answer to creating ‘thrills’.

Nothing to write home about, probably the only good thing about the film is that its intent is honourable and heart in the right place. Apart from that, nothing works for it or the audience. Apologies.


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