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Worth a watch, but not with your kids

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 India.

 

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, 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 (the intelligent one with dangerous ideas) and Yakub (the hot headed one) form a gang of teenage boys to rule the slums they were born in. The vicious cycle of life continues. But life forces the two men to make a decision between choosing their misguided childhood dreams and redemption. Redemption comes, but with a heavy price.

 

Both the Boys give convincing performances, especially Sharman Joshi who was exceptionally brilliant and who I feel gave an even better performance than his role in 3 Idiots. Naseeruddin Shah as their cunning Jail Warden was also his usual brilliant self and even excelled in his transformed character of a beggar in the second half. Atul Kulkarni as the truthful teacher and Zakhir Hussain as their gangster aid, play their roles perfectly. But Anjana Sukhani and Rukhsaar are not given enough scenes to prove themselves. Suhasini Mulay as the mother of kids is impactful.

 

Cinematography using the actual slum locations makes the film watchable as also getting good support from its background music. Allan Ke Banday is a film about children in crime, about the inspiration for redemption and above all, this is a film about love.

 

A decent attempt by Actor/Director Faruk Kabir, which needs a bit of refinement and finesse. Worth a watch, but not with your kids.

 

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