Set in a jail with seven prisoners at its center, Qaidi Band is a musical drama film directed by Habib Faisal. Starring debutantes Aadar Jain and Anya Singh, the film takes us through the journey of those prisoners who perform as a musical band in the hopes of getting acquitted. The film is produced under the Yashraj banner.
Set in a jail with seven prisoners at its center, Qaidi Band is a musical drama film directed by Habib Faisal. Starring debutantes Aadar Jain and Anya Singh, the film takes us through the journey of those prisoners who perform as a musical band in the hopes of getting acquitted. The film is produced under the Yashraj banner. less
“If it didn't indulge itself in preach, it wouldn't have been a prison like experience. ”
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Habib Faisal has that ability of conveying the most heartfelt stories in the best of cinematic shapes. With Qaidi Band, he’s tried to put another buried but booming tale to screen. For readers who do not know what the subject is about, it’s not about a bunch of prisoners trying to form a musical band in a jail, it draws inspiration from a significant chapter of that showcases the big gaps in our system and tries to underlay some facts about prisoners who haven’t yet been convicted.
Starring a bunch of newcomers led by Aadar Jain and Anya Jain, Qaidi Band narrates the plight of prisoners who have not really committed a crime in the real sense. The shoddy gaps in our judicial system have landed them where they didn’t deserve to be but that’s not what a jail would function on.
The admittedly engaging first half lets us into the new and hopefully an organic form of a jail functioning where prisoners do odd jobs to earn and bribe officials in exchange of favors. While the introduction and believable setting in the first hour engages us with visuals mixed in interesting scenes, the proceedings find an escalation when the musical quotient hits the narrative. The bunch of youngsters who unite to create music in a band to give their voice some volume soon changes the flow of the film.
Before you know it, the film wraps itself with a lot of preach and there goes the element of an engaging prison ride of the window. The problem with Qaidi Band is in its pretense of being something that it’s not. While on one hand it could have been a thrilling and engaging ride in a jail with musical backdrop, it chose to involve politics and end up running on the methodical drags of lectures.
Both Aadar and Anya have looked okay and so did the rest of the cast. However, the writing needed some coherence with someone like Habib himself at helm.
The film honestly had the potential of offering something new, however it misses the shot bigtime. Don’t let yourself be a prisoner of this big screen outing.