|Directed by||Habib Faisal|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Habib Faisal|
Peter Muxka Manuel
Prince Parvinder Singh
|Edited by||Aarti Bajaj|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
Qaidi Band (transl. Band of prisoners) is a 2017 Indian musical drama film, it revolves around seven innocent under-trials, who give a band performance in the prison to get into the good books of the authorities and secure their acquittal. It features newcomers Aadar Jain and Anya Singh in lead roles.
The film opens in a jail of India where in the male ward, a bunch of under-trail prisoners are trying to catch a mouse, which ends up becoming a betting game for all the other prisoners. Sanju(Aadar Jain) the under-trail prisoner who successfully catches the mouse takes his share and leaves. Meanwhile, in the girls ward, Bindu (Anya Singh) an under-trail prisoner is illegally earning money by providing her fellow prisoners with eyebrow cutting and manicure services. A senior prisoner refuses to pay her and Bindu angrily steals money from her and runs. The other girls chase her and thrash her brutally for her antics. All the prisoners are called by the jailer SP Dhulia (Sachin Pilgaonkar) who announces that for the first time on the occasion of Independence Day of India, a male-female joint musical band of under-trail prisoners will be created to participate in the Independence Day function. He also announced that the band will be rewarded with grace points, which will help them to get their jail sentences cleared at the earliest. Subsequently, auditions happen and Sanju and Bindu are selected for the band along with Maskeen Singh, Ogu, Rufi, Tatyana and Sange. The group bonds quickly and decide to give their best to get their jail charges cleared as soon as possible, as per the promise of Dhulia. They also reveal their reasons of getting imprisoned. Sanju has been framed by the husband of a lady whom he had given lift on a rainy night to reach home, of trying to molest her. Bindu was accused of trying to kidnap her niece by her brother-in-law who actually was indulging in violence with his wife and daughter. Rufi reveals that after his wedding, he purchased a car which got stolen. After a few days, he came to know the bomb blast that happened in his city actually was triggered from his car. Since he hadn't registered a missing complaint of his car, he is framed as being a part of a terrorist group. Ogu is imprisoned for trying to procure drugs in Goa.
- Aadar Jain as Sanju
- Anya Singh as Bindu
- Sachin Pilgaonkar as Dhulia
- Mikhail Yawalkar as Rufi
- Prince Parvinder Singh as Maskeen Singh
- Peter Muxka Manuel as Ogu
- Cyndy Khojol as Sangey
- Ram Kapoor as Naveen Vachani
- Anna Ador as Tatyana
- Lin Laishram
- Chhavi Awasthi as prisoner
- Ashi Singh as Tulika (Jailer's daughter)
- Deepika dhulkotiya as Shopkeeper
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||26 July 2017|
|Studio||Yash Raj Studios|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Amit Trivedi chronology|
The lyrics for the songs have been written by Kausar Munir, Habib Faisal, Peter Muxka Manuel and Sidhant Mago. All the songs featured in the film are sung by Arijit Singh and Yashita Sharma. The soundtrack consists of 9 songs and was released on 26 July 2017 by YRF Music.
All music is composed by Amit Trivedi.
|1.||"I am India"||Habib Faisal||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||3:43|
|2.||"Hulchul"||Kausar Munir||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||3:57|
|3.||"Phir Nayi"||Kausar Munir||Yashita Sharma||4:23|
|4.||"Junooni"||Kausar Munir, Sidhant Mago||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||4:56|
|5.||"Udanchoo"||Kausar Munir||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||3:27|
|6.||"Jag Mag"||Habib Faisal, Rap lyrics by Peter Muxka Manuel||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma, Peter Muxka Manuel||3:12|
|7.||"Poshampa"||Kausar Munir||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||4:28|
|8.||"Phir Wohi"||Kausar Munir||Arijit Singh, Yashita Sharma||3:46|
|9.||"I am India" (Escape)||Habib Fasal||Amit Trivedi, Yashita Sharma||3:18|
The film received mixed reviews from critics. A review in Hindustan Times gave the film a 2 out of 5 rating but praised the composer stating, "the genius of music composer Amit Trivedi, who is the real star of this interesting yet ordinary film."
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