It's said that childhood is the best part of a person's life. Attending school, playing games and not worrying about the future, life was so awesome when we were kids. Haven't we all desired to go back in time and relive those magical moments? However, the lead characters in ALLAH KE BANDAY have a childhood that they'll rather like to forget.
After a lot of rescheduling, ALLAH KE BAHDAY is finally releasing this Friday. The multi-talented Faruk Kabir is the writer, director as well as the actor. Sharman Joshi, who was part of last year's super success 3 IDIOTS, and a powerhouse of acting, Naseeruddin Shah are also part of the ALLAH KE BANDAY cast. Infact the highlight of the film is Sharman Joshi, best known as a comedy actor and charmed with his chocolate boyish looks, playing gangster for the first time. This is also the first time we see Sharman in a rugged appearance, in a noir style.
Set majorly in the slums of Mumbai, the film instantly reminds one of the Oscar-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE. One has to say, the portrayal is much more real this time around.
Vijay (Sharman Joshi) and Yakub (Faruk Kabir) are two young boys who want to establish themselves in the world of crime. They are wrongly sent to juvenile prison and proven guilty for a crime that they didn't do. In the prison, they are severely tortured by the warden (Naseeruddin Shah), whom they soon get removed from the prison. While serving their sentence in the prison, they devise various plans to rule the crime world which they would implement after their release. After coming out from the prison 11 years later, they start their mission to be the top criminals and start eliminating their detractors.
Without wasting any time, director Faruk Kabir draws you into the story. You are absorbed into the world of Vijay and Yakub right from the word go with many gritty moments. But the graph falls after a while.
Faruk Kabir the director scores over Farkuk Kabir the writer. There is hardly anything wrong with the direction. It's the incoherent writing that is the issue. The narrative shifts between being very engaging to very ordinary. Very early in the second half it loses its fizz as a romantic angle is introduced. It becomes a drag from thereon and only comes back strongly in the climax with some shrewd and unpredictable twists.
The film is technically very sound. Right from the effective background score to the innovative camera angles to the editing, everything is superlative. Thankfully, the songs are kept short and don't hamper the flow of the film. Vishal Sinha's cinematography captures the slums with precision.
Sharman Joshi impresses with his stellar performance. Faruk Kabir makes a decent acting debut. Naseeruddin Shah is wasted in a miniscule role. Anjana Sukhani is passable. Zakir Hussain is good. Atul Kulkarni plays his part earnestly. Rukhsar doesn't have much scope. The actors who play young Vijay and Yakub are excellent.
Despite its flaws, ALLAH KE BANDAY is a worthy effort by debutante Faruk Kabir.