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Overall Rating: 2.25/5

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Unable to decide if it wants to be a hard-hitting, realistic film or a Sanjay Gupta-style filmi actioner, “Allah Ke Banday” is confused, and equally confusing. Written and directed by Faruk Kabir, the film suffers on account of its excesses.An eardrum-shattering background score, uneven editing, and a plodding screenplay are the chief criminals here.The film, in the end, is well-intentioned but sloppy. I’m going with two out of five for “Allah Ke Banday”.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

ALLAH KE BANDAY is not only well shot, but makes an equally powerful impact. Besides choosing an offbeat subject for his debut film, Faruk has gone a step further and shot it at real locations too and that, very frankly, takes the film to a different level altogether.However, ALLAH KE BANDAY is not without its share of flaws. The screenplay vacillates between interesting and not-too-exciting moments. On the whole, ALLAH KE BANDAY is a gritty, stimulating and provocative cinematic experience with a flipside: Not many would prefer a dark film about kids taking to crime and felony. Its appeal, therefore, will remain restricted to a niche audience.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The film is a hard-hitting, gritty account of growing up in a dangerous place where all talk of ideals and values seems irrelevant. Vijay and Yakub would like to lead the good life too, but does life give them a chance to choose their ethics? Allah Ke Bandey isn’t meant to entertain you. It is a film that makes you sit up and send out a silent lament for the loss of innocence. The high point of the film are its strong performances and its authentic backdrop. Shot in actual location, the film crackles with a visual energy as the misdirected kids revel in gore amidst the slushy underworld.

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 Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi

Faruk Kabir’s story starts on a promising note as Vijay and Yakub’s characters are introduced. But monotony sets in as the drama progresses.The portion of their childhood misdeeds is too lengthy and the film takes too long to come to the real drama of the two young men. The screenplay goes haywire in the second half as mindless violence takes precedence over all else.Not just that, the screenplay also offers nothing by way of novelty and it appears to be an assemblage of fiery and dramatic scenes from earlier action and underworld films. But since there have been so many such films in the past, it is juvenile to expect yet another one in the same genre and with nothing new to offer, to make an impact on the viewer. Faruk Kabir would have done better to offer some freshness in his maiden attempt.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Kabir desperately wants you to believe that in his script, a complete tribute to 70s Bollywood. All the standard tropes are all in place, but the treatment is straight out of the Ram Gopal Varma institute.This makes the film an interesting experiment, taking a plot riddled with vintage melodrama but trying to go edgy with the way it looks. In the process, Kabir’s directorial debut initially engages but soon fizzles out.The film tries to be ‘dark and hard-hitting,’ as the blurb on the back of the DVD cover will surely say, but is compromised by poor acting from the support cast and, well, ludicrous writing. What does work for Allah Ke Banday, though, is an overall earnestness to the proceedings — the film is pretty watchable for the first hour and then gradually loses steam — and the performances.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham

Without wasting any time, director Faruk Kabir draws you into the story. You are absorbed into the world of Vijay and Yakub right from the word go with many gritty moments. But the graph falls after a while.There is hardly anything wrong with the direction. It’s the incoherent writing that is the issue. The narrative shifts between being very engaging to very ordinary. Very early in the second half it loses its fizz as a romantic angle is introduced. It becomes a drag from thereon and only comes back strongly in the climax with some shrewd and unpredictable twists. Despite its flaws, ALLAH KE BANDAY is a worthy effort by debutante Faruk Kabir.

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