Qaidi Band Movie Review: Aadar Jain and Anya Singh act well but film is no-brainer and loosely written

Overall rating: 2
Qaidi Band Movie Review: Aadar Jain and Anya Singh shine in this otherwise unimaginative and boring film

Habib Faisal’s Qaidi Band has a few wonderfully written moments and makes the viewer empathize with the innocent people stuck in the prison because of the tedious legal process, however, the unimaginative writing in the second half dilutes the impact of the film.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, Qaidi Band has an interesting premise and touches on several relevant issues, right from gender discrimination to racism and class divide within the society, however, things go for a toss in the second half. The screenplay is confused and Faisal loses the plot completely as what we get to see is a series of unrealistic sequences.

Music could have been the USP of Qaidi Band, however, it turns out to be Amit Trivedi’s weakest soundtrack composed yet. The lyrics are meaningful and blend well with the screenplay, however, they are not laced with an equally interesting score.

Qaidi Band runs for around 118 minutes. The editor, Aarti Bajaj, has done the best she could with the content. The production values are top notch which is what one expects from a production house like YRF. The cinematography is real whereas the background score builds up the tension as the film progresses. The film doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of dialogues as you can’t recollect any of them once you step out of the cinema hall.

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Aadar Jain makes a confident debut and gets into the rustic mode with ease. He is fluent with his dialogue delivery and shines completely in the dramatic sequences. Jain’s voice is quite similar to his cousin, Ranbir Kapoor and he manages to modulate the tone of his voice as per demand of the situation. Like Aadar, even Anya Singh proves her worth in Qaidi Band. Not many actresses would take up a character like Bindu for their debut film, however, Singh makes an exception and delivers a credible performance in the de-glam avatar. Sachin Pilgaonkar is miscast in as an inspector in the film and deserved a better role.

To sum up, Qaidi Band has a promising build up in the first half, however, it too could not evade the curse of the second half. Apart from the performances and a few well-intended sequences in the first half, the film doesn’t have a lot to offer and can be given a skip.

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