Qaidi Band
Music will set them free
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Qaidi Band

Hindi
DramaMusicalRomance
25 Aug, 2017
1 hrs 59 mins
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672 votes
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A riveting tale of under trials who come together to form a band in jail and their music becomes their only hope for freedom.
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Verdict: A film that shows what freedom truly means. India may have become independent in 1947, but are we truly free? Qaidi Band explores this thought. Prisoners under trial are neither here nor there, as they live in jail for more years than they would if convicted. As stated by a character in the film, []... ...Read full review
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. ...Read full review
When a film is being produced by a banner like YRF, anticipation is bound to happen and it did happen with Qaidi Band too which is a launchpad for two fresh faces Aadar Jain, who is Ranbir Kapoor`s first cousin, and Anya Singh, a London-born girl who moved to India at the age of five. ...Read full review
Last month, I reviewed Tigmanshu Dhulia`s period drama Raag Desh and inferred that it had the advantage of releasing front over Kabir Khan`s upcoming Amazon Prime Video India original The Forgotten Army. Both of them have the same premise but Raag Desh scored brownie points by sticking its neck out. ...Read full review
Said to be inspired by true life incidents, Qaidi Band begins with the introduction of Machang Lalung, a tribal from Central Assam who spent 54 years in prison without trial. The film then shifts to undertrails- Sanju (Aadar Jain) and Bindu (Anya Singh) who continue to rot behind the bars because they ain`t richie-rich to support their court proceedings or appoint a top-notch lawyer to fight their case. ...Read full review
Filmmaker Habib Faisal wants to enlighten viewers about the emotional plight of the undertrials in his latest film Qaidi Band. The film starts off by narrating the true story of Machang Lalung who was in prison in Assam for 54 years awaiting a verdict for a crime that at maximum deserved a 10-year sentence. ...Read full review
The deplorable state of undertrials in India is known. Clinging on to every ray of hope they can afford, the unfortunate souls are condemmed to the kalkothri indefinitely, awaiting verdict. The film even mentions a Machang Lalung, who spent 54 years waiting for his verdict, only to learn that he wasn`t guilty. ...Read full review
Freedom is precious and lucky are the ones who have it. Habib Faisal`s `Qaidi Band` is a passionate story of under trial prisoners, who are striving to get their cases heard in court. Unlike convicted convicts they don`t have the right to earn behind bars and often don`t enjoy equal rights. Newbies Aadar Jain (Sanju) and Anya Singh, who plays Bindu are desperate to get a hearing date or bail, but their pleas are lost in the corrupt circles of the system. ...Read full review
The undertrials of Habib Faisal`s Qaidi Band are clearly not in touch with reality. Beaming with an idealism that sticks out uncomfortably in an atmosphere of confinement, they romanticise about freedom and prospects in the vein of a dreamy-eyed Shah Rukh Khan crooning Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai atop a moving truck. ...Read full review
Director Habib Faisal`s Qaidi Band, inspired by real life events, is a sugar-coated tale. Citing the case of Machal Lalung, the longest arrested undertrial, the film revolves around a group of young individuals who are arrested for various crimes. Due to lack of funds and family support, they are left to rot behind bars. ...Read full review
Such a surprise to see Yash Raj Films and Habib Faisal make something so terribly amateurish, you wonder where the logic has gone? Not a single film where young people form a `Rock Band` and enter a competition as underdogs and win has made a single ripple in Bollywood. Not even a sequel to Rock On the film worked. But studios seem to want to introduce young talent as `rock stars`. If only these films came with songs that the audience really cares for, this review would be different. ...Read full review
Social messages advocating change and asking the youth of the country to be the change they wish to see in society, usually look good on memes. Once you try to pull them into the cinematic medium, youve got to have the deft nuance of a Rajkumar Hirani, so that you achieve the fine balance between being relevant and not being preachy. Habib Faisal achieved that balance in his first film, Do Dooni Chaar. His latest feature Qaidi Band is a clarion call to the youth of India, do not take your freedom for granted, it says. ...Read full review

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