Release Date : Releasing on Nov 26, 2010
Director: Farouque Kabir
Producer: Ravi Walia
Star Cast :
Sharman Joshi – Vijay
Naseeruddin Shah – Warden
Faruque Kabir – Yakub
Atul Kulkarni – Ashwani
Anjana Sukhani – Sandhya
Mumbai and its slums have long been the favorite subjects of several leading directors. But debutant director Farouque Kabir’s Allah Ke Banday promises to delve deeper into this contentious subject and (hopefully) leave a mark on the audience. Supported by a powerful cast led by Naseeruddin Shah and Vikram Gokhale the movie portrays the harsh realities of the slum dwellers and the deep nexus that exists with the infamous Mumbai mafia.
The movie is centered around the lives of two twelve year old boys who would go to any extent to establish their supremacy in the world of crime, including befriending a transvestite to get their way. However as luck fails the young boys find themselves wrongly charged and later convicted of a murder and sent to a juvenile reformatory sensing that their aspirations to rule Mumbai could face an abrupt end.
Forced into a corner by the older inmates of the jail who unleash a reign of terror on the poor boys, often with the warden very much in the knowhow, the boys realize that the only way out would be to fight back aggressively. They start conceiving vicious ideas which they would later implement once released from the prison.
Once out of the jail the young men (now 23 years of age) form a platoon of slum teenage kids to instill fear and terror in the minds of the people and take a closer step to their long cherished dreams.
The plot seems promising simply because the sensitive subject of juvenile criminals who are convicted of grave crimes need to be brought out in the open. Very little has been documented about the kind of lives these boys (and very rarely young girls) lead in such prisons. Will the society give them a second chance to redeem themselves or is the juvenile reformatory a mere euphemism for another Alcatraz.