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Directed by Habib Faisal
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Written by Habib Faisal
Starring Aadar Jain
Peter Muxka Manuel
Prince Parvinder Singh
Music by Songs:
Cinematography Anay Goswamy
Edited by Aarti Bajaj
Yash Raj Films
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
25 August 2017
Qaidi Band (transl. Band of Prisoners) is a 2017 Indian musical drama film, it revolves around seven innocent under-trials, who give a band performance in the prison to get into the good books of the authorities and secure their acquittal. It features newcomers Aadar Jain and Anya Singh in lead roles.
The film released on 25 August 2017.
The film revolves around seven innocent under-trials, who get a chance to form a musical band in the prison when the Independence Day of India approaches. The song composed by them becomes a national sensation in the form of a new patriotic song. However, their hopes of acquittal dash when a local politician cancels their trials in the hope of winning in the upcoming elections using the songs of these band members. The film then explores how these prisoners secure their release on the strength of their songs.
A riveting tale of undertrials who are brought together to form a band in jail for a social event. As their popularity grows through social media, they use their music to protest against jail authorities & the Indian judicial system. Eventually, when all hope fades, music becomes their only hope but will it set them free?
The prisoners, who come together to form a band called Sailanis become an oversight sensation. Their popularity triggers a campaign that demands to set them free.
Director Habib Faisal intends to highlight a social issue (plight of the undertrials), musically here. His thought is noble and taps an uncharted topic but the execution looks naive, dated and a classic case of wishful thinking. The songs are situationally strong but forgettable to listen to. The righteous treatment makes the film look unrealistic as you don't feel for the characters or their situation.
Also it gives you a crash course on 'undertrials'. The word is deliberately uttered at least ten times in the first few minutes in a desperate attempt to seek attention.
Sadly, what strikes you the most is debutant Aadar Jain's eyebrow wiggling and splitting resemblance to cousin Ranbir Kapoor. Though he is confident on camera, it looks like he subconsciously apes Ranbir by trying to look, sound and act just like him and that takes away from his performance.
Newcomer Anya Singh shows a lot more promise, presence and personality. She is the best part about this otherwise cliched outing.
Sachin Pilgaonkar is effective as the selfish warden, who pretends to be the officer who uses music to reform his undertrials.
Overall, this Qaidi Band means and plays well but lacks the spunk and spirit required to arouse sentiments - rebellious or patriotic.