Writer/Director : Parvin Dabas
Cast & Crew: Parvin Dabas, Kiran Juneja, Anupam Kher, Neena Kulkarni, Sharat Saxena, Yashpal Sharma, Ashish Nayyar, Kuldeep Ruhil, Vansh Bharadwaj, Tena Desae, Udit Khurana
Plot Summary: Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande is the story of a gang comprising four friends- Rajbir (Parvin Dabas), Sexy (Vansh Bharadwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nayyar) and Doctor (Kuldip Ruhil), who are assigned a “job” which will give them enough money to see all their dreams come true, however to achieve this, they will have to fight their conscience and their village, Kanjhawla.
Review: The movie starts with a wonderful background music score which has a folk flavor attached to it while showing the growing up years of the four friends Rajbir, Sexy, Ambani and Doctor shown in the movie, also throwing light on their psyche. Doctor has narrated a little part of the movie. Shot in Delhi, the movie is about the Government’s acquisition of farmlands for corporate usage, much to the distaste of the local villagers who fear unemployment and feel scammed under the price they are offered in exchange for their land, a meager 1/8th of the actual cost of the land. Neena Kulkarni is good as Tai with apt attire and conduct as a villager hailing from Delhi area with a Haryanvi influence. Malik (Yashpal Sharma) heads the village to a peaceful dharna to protest the Government’s rule of land acquisition.
Fauji feels protesting and fighting for a cause doesn’t help as the Government cannot be shaken. What he doesn’t immediately disclose is his political dream for which he can go to any extent. He plays a ex-armyman hence the acquired nomenclature, Fauji, who turns into a goon and heads his gang, made up of the four friends and sundry characters. Kiran Juneja plays a vital yet small role as Chief Minister and Anupam Kher plays a scheming businessman. Preeti Jhangiani has played an “almost-cameo” as a journalist. But with the movie releasing it may mean revenue flowing in for the couple considering Preeti herself is the producer of the movie and definitely a strong support for her husband.
Parvin Dabas plays an important role as a goon. A bad guy with a conscience, his friends are for keeps and respect his word probably ‘cause he has more experience than any of them. He confidently cites hum badmaash hai kaminey nahi, a dialogue used during the promotions for the movie.
The direction was awesome especially the slow-mo action scenes, however, there are a few loopholes in the script which may have happened due to time paucity which usually occurs when filmmakers touch upon a big topic such as this. However, this being a well-made directorial debut, a point such as that can be given a miss considering that this story is from his perspective and it is also an assurance that Parvin Dabas has storytelling abilities which can be used very well to his benefit for any upcoming ventures to establish him as a commercial director.
Verdict: Since it isn’t all in all a commercial venture it may not draw a major chunk of the crowds but if you liked Peepli Live, Yeh Saali Zindagi to name a few, u shall definitely enjoy this one. And the genre of a action-comedy flick is being brought back into the movies which should work as a plus-point for the makers.