Movie – Allah Ke Banday.
Starring – Sharman Joshi, Faruk Kabir, Atul Kulkarni and Naseeruddin Shah.
Director – Faruk Kabir.

Here is my review of the movie “Allah Ke Banday”. Movie is about two kids from the slums of Mumbai. Their journey from needy to gangsters. Movie stars Sharman Joshi and the director himself Faruk Kabir as the two very close buddies.

Vijay Kamble (Sharman Joshi) and Yakub Ansari (Faruk Kabir) are two kids who born in the slum of Mumbai, which they call it as “Bhool Bhulaiya”. Yakub is bought by Vijay’s mother, who is a orphan. Both grow together as Tea suppliers. But due to their connection with the “Boss”, who is the biggest gangster of the Bhool Bhulaiya, they get themselves into illegal activities. First with supplying churus and later with robberies. Both in their quest to control and earn more, land up in the Juvenile Prison, after being accused of murdering their “Boss”, who was actually murdered by his own man, who later on claims the title of Boss.

Vijay and Yakub after being landed in a Juvenile Prison, is harassed, mentally and physically by the warden (Naseeruddin Shah). The duo decides to start their illegal activities in the jail itself and in process forms a gang for themselves. After 11 years of imprisonment, the two kids, now fully grown, return to their bhool bhulaiya in order to take control of what they wanted to, 11 years back. Now they learn that there is not one, but 4 “bosses”, who control the slum. In the quest to control, they form a gang of young teenagers and end up doing all kind of illegal activities and enmity with the other “bosses.”

Atul Kulkarni is a teacher, who is firm believer of principles and disciplines. He is against Vijay and Yakub, who are hiring young kids to form their gang. In the meantime, a young boy is killed in a gangwar, mistakenly by Vijay. The incidence turns out to be the twist in the movie, after which Vijay tries to change himself and tries to expose the dirty activities of Bhool Bhulaiaya, through a television editor Sheryaar Hussain (Vikram Gokhale).

Movie is written, scripted, directed and acted by Faruk Kabir. It’s a very sincere effort to show the life of children in the vast slum of Mumbai. It was natural for me to compare it with Slumdog Millionaire. The movie has resemblance to SM, in terms of background. One would experience the parallel system which runs through the vast slums of Mumbai. Faruk Kabir, looks like is having very good knowledge about the subject matter and had done the homework before commencing on the project. Movie has a brilliant background score from Chirantan Bhatt and
Hamza Faruqui.

Sharman Joshi gives best performance of his close to decade old career. We happen to see his brilliant comic timings in his previous ventures, including his debut “Style”. He has come a long way to act a “Vijay”. Faruk Kabir makes a pleasant debut, in terms of his performance as an actor. He has enacted his role so perfectly, that you never feel its his first movie. Naseeruddin Shah do not have a big role in the movie. Vikram Gokhale again is having a very tiny role. Atul Kulkarni excels in his brief appearance. Anajana Sukhani is having a guest appearance, as a girlfriend of Vijay.

Verdict – 3 stars out of 5. Allah Ke Banday is a well made movie with some outstanding performances and decent story.

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