Qaidi Band – Film Review – Must Watch for the High on Energy Debutants Aadar Jain and Anya Singh !
Film : Qaidi Band
Producer : Yash Raj Films
Directed : Habib Faisal
Cast : Aadar Jain, Anya Singh
Yash Raj Films over the years have tried to make films having entertainment value, but in recent times some films are not only entertaining but somewhere along the line so very much topical that it takes upon the system which over the years have been functioning so routinely that a hard hitting narrative was needed to hit the nail.
Just saw “Qaidi Band” and once again got convinced that a cause well taken with a dose of entertainment does serve a purpose. As undertrials seeking freedom with once upon a lifetime chance of creating music on the eve of the independence day Aadar Jain and Anya Singh playing the roles of the undertrials waiting for justice latch upon the opportunity and create an unusual band with the other five convicts shortlisted for the event, within the four walls of the prison.
Their story is about seeking and struggling to find freedom through the only medium available and that is music.
Habib Faisal has handled the subject very deftly and seen to some detailing which reveals quite a lot about the life in prison, and the experiences of the undertrials waiting for their turn for justice.
Since music is the main stay of the film, two amazingly high on energy tracks “I Am India” written by Habib Faisal himself and “Hulchul”, written by Kausar Muni and sung by Arijit Singh and Yashita Sharma and composed by music director Amit Trivedi captures the pain that their struggle for freedom ensues very effectively and beautifully.
The supportig characters who form a team for Qaidi Band popularly known as Sainani Band have put in their might to live up to the characters.
Some sequences especially the song picturisation of “I Am India” is very nicely photographed by the DOP , who has done a marvellous job through out the film.
Editing and Set Designing and the Art work complement the overall package comprising “Qaidi Band”.
The film can certainly create a ray of hope for all those undertrials languising in the jails all over the country and most part of the world, waiting for their turn for justice and proper trial to prevail and take a call for their freedom.
Maybe the premise of the film may be too flimsy, but there sure is a message that hope never dies, if you have will and patience come what may.
A must watch for not only entertainment but to have a first hand look and if possible feel the trial and tribulations of the undertrials.