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Let' s put it across straight. At a time when senseless comedies, rom-coms and thrillers have become the order of the day, here comes a brave and rather subtle attempt in the form of Allah Ke Banday that dig deeper to the case of exploitation of children especially at a time when they should take the plunge of education they are handling guns as their possessed toys. They don' t stop here; they take a hard step and board the road ahead to become future goons.
It' s an approach that must be lapped up by the first timer Faruk who takes up the cause like veteran and shown immense possibilities for the future. Not many first timers have the courage to take diverted route and a rather a route not being frequented by many.
Having said that, let' s analyze if the movie has got the guts to pass the litmus test as far as the audience' s reactions is concerned as to see if its appeals to a miniscule section of movie goers or cuts across all!
Final Word? If some blemishes are pardoned then it looks out as a clean and rather an honest attempt to highlight the issue, a notch above in its category.
Scrutinizing the base plot of the flick in the words of Taran Adarsh shall provide us an insight as to what it' s all about.
Allah Ke Banday is a film that spans the life of two twelve-year-old boys living in one of the most ruthless slums of Mumbai. From delivering drugs for the Mafia to looting people with their transvestite friend, the two aspire to assert their position in this world of crime. But when they are wrongly convicted for a murder and sent to the Juvenile Reformatory, they discover a world more chaotic and tough to survive in, than the one they left behind.
The senior inmates, with the participation and permission of the dreadful Juvenile warden [Naseeruddin Shah], subject the two friends to all kinds of torture to suppress their sense of power. But not the ones to take it lying down, they start developing a more sinister criminal psychosis, instead of reforming and set on a quest for ultimate power. Set free at twenty three, Vijay [Sharman Joshi] and Yakub [Faruk Kabir] form a gang of teenage boys to rule the slums they were born in. The vicious cycle of life continues.
Looks like a good plot to execute a story on the silver screen.
On the flipside, the writing isn' t convincing at times. Sharman and Faruk run the show from a dilapidated mansion-like structure in the basti, pushing school-going kids to the world of crime.
This is done valiantly, without any fear of law enforcement agencies, which is difficult to absorb. Besides, Allah Ke Banday is dark and like I pointed out earlier, it tries to be as close to reality as possible, in terms of the lingo spoken by the characters or the bloodshed depicted in the film and that could act as a deterrent. Also, the film stagnates in the middle of the second hour, partly because there' s not much movement in the screenplay.
Faruk Kabir makes a powerful impact as a storyteller. His handling of a difficult subject deserves brownie points. The sequences in the reformatory are very well shot. Ditto for the sequence when Sharman encounters Naseeruddin Shah, who is now reduced to a life worse than a beggar. There' s not much scope for music in the film, but I' d like to single out the background score, which complements the goings-on well. The cinematography is eye-catching. The real locations have been deftly captured on celluloid. Dialogues are power-packed at times.
With a talented cast like Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and Zakir Hussain, you expect nothing but the best from each performer. Naseer has limited screen space, but he' s dynamic every time he appears on screen. Sharman depicts the intensity very well. In fact, this is amongst his better works. Atul Kulkarni is wonderful, while Zakir Hussain is top notch. Faruk Kabir enacts a pivotal part himself and must say, he makes you sit and notice his talent as an actor. Anjana Sukhani doesn' t get much scope, while Rukhsaar too gets less screen space. Suhasini Mulay is effective. The two kids, enacting Sharman and Faruk' s parts, are excellent.
When some of the power performers of the tinsel towns club together, nothing but sheer sparks shall be the order of the day and same happens here, thankfully.
What to say about Naseeruddin Shah who is a class in himself. In fact, we need to see more of this talented actor don the acting hat frequently. He carries his part effervescently and declares he is one of the very bets in his league of business. Sharman Joshi is able to transform his energy on the screen tirelessly.
Atul Kulkarni is like always just wonderful and same can be said for Zakir Hussain who looks top notch yet again. Faruk Kabir also sets in a good role for himself and makes you sit up and take notice. Good Attempt.
On the whole, Allah Ke Banday belongs to that ' art' category and appeals to only a niche audience. A sheer cinematic experience with a few hiccups here and there.
From the box-office point of view, these kinds of films are not meant to be made for money but for a purpose, yes the purpose of enlightening the target audiences.
Rating: *** out of 5 (A Decent Attempt)
Verdict: Watch out for an enlightening trip to unleash a new untouched genre! Pick of the week!
Movie Reviewed By: Md. Waliur Rahman
Allah Ke Banday Reviews by Twitter Users:
pervaiz ikram reviewed on 2010-12-05 at 15:36:22Z
Allah Ke Banday is a film that spans the life of t...
Muhd Farhan reviewed on 2010-12-03 at 12:34:26Z
wtf ?? there' s a movie titled " Allah ke Banday" ?? that' s sooo... stupid ok ?
Karan Anshuman reviewed on 2010-12-03 at 10:35:36Z
If you think about it (and if you' ve seen both of ' em), there is little difference between Allah Ke Banday and KHJJS.
Ram Solanki reviewed on 2010-12-02 at 19:19:11Z
Allah Ke Banday - Interval - Some shots a bit overkill & posery, but overall pretty impressed.. The sort of film I' d perceive to make..
vishal gorai reviewed on 2010-12-02 at 17:21:23Z
IS THERE ANYONE U KNOW ON THIS PLANET WHO HAS WATCHED ALLAH KE BANDAY ALL 7 DAYS IN A WEEK.I HAVE ACHIEVED THAT FEAT TONIGHT
rajc reviewed on 2010-12-01 at 23:03:06Z
Worth watching " Allah ke banday" : Review - Reality will touch you like anything.
Vikrant Chaudhari reviewed on 2010-12-01 at 11:34:27Z
Allah ke Banday is unbelievably similar to City of God
Gokul Nag reviewed on 2010-12-01 at 03:30:42Z
Finally watched 3 films Guzaarish, Allah ke banday n Mee Sindhutai Sapkal yesterday..fantastic experience
Gazi reviewed on 2010-11-30 at 21:51:56Z
Watching Allah Ke Banday is like watching RamGopalVarma' s Underworld films + Vishal Bhardwaj' s Underworld films + Slumdog Millionaire
wogma reviewed on 2010-11-30 at 05:54:20Z
Allah ke Banday: 13 tweeters give it an avg rating of 2.9/5 (7 yays, 5 nays, 1 so-so)
wogma reviewed on 2010-11-30 at 05:52:52Z
Allah Ke Banday: 22 external reviewers give it an avg rating of 2.5/5 (8 yays, 8 nays, 6 so-so)
Shubham Kasera reviewed on 2010-11-30 at 04:47:38Z
Overseas B.O.: ' Break Ke Baad' mixed, ' Allah Ke Banday' poor, ' Guzaarish' downer
Yash reviewed on 2010-11-30 at 01:59:33Z
Allah Ke Banday : Lacks power, decent debut at best by Faruk Kabir...
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