Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Action, Comedy
Sahi Dhande Galat Bande can be watched once but only with no expectations. The film has its fair share of goods and bads.
Aug 19, 2011 By Mansha Rastogi

Alongside Not A Love Story that deals with the real life incident of a murder case comes yet another film based on real life episode of Land Acquisition Sahi Dhande Galat Bande. This also happens to mark Parvin Dabas' comeback on celluloid and also launches him as a director.

Bringing to light the issue of land acquisition, Sahi Dhande Galat Bande is about 4 friends Rajbir (Parveen Dabas), Sexy (Vansh Bharadwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nayar) and Doctor (Kuldip Ruhil) who hail from a small village and work for a local goon Fauji (Sharat Saxena). The latest contract they get is to curtail the revolt of the farmers of that very village who are protesting against land acquisition issued by Chief Minister (Kiran Juneja Sippy) in order to make a factory led by industrialist Agarwal (Anupam Kher). So while Fauji sees this contract as a good opportunity to get a better future, Rajbir is in full favour of the villagers. What happens to the protest follows through the rest of the plot.

What works in SDGB's favour is the fresh approach to dealing with the situation. Instead of going the Peepli Live or Aarakshan route to deal with a government based issue, Sahi Dhande Galat Bande handles it from the point of view of small time goons who do all the wrong things for a right cause. For a first time director, Parveen Dabas perfectly manages to get the setting and backdrop of a small town village right. He manages it so well also with the aide of his cinematographer Anshul Chobey who meticulously captures the uptown Delhi in its rugged-rough and gritty form. Even the lives of the people on the outskirts of Delhi is brilliantly captured. Even the grainy print of the film adds to the coarseness of the backdrop.

But with all of that going for the film, its execution of the story that takes a beating. The narrative is very slow and the editing very mediocre. Moreover, SDGB that starts off as a witty take on a social issue the film ends up being trite and clichéd. The media, morcha, and mayhem gets very hackneyed specially the climax of it. Instead of sticking to the plot, the story meanders into unnecessary areas testing the patience of the audience. Even the pace of the film is very slow. In order to keep the story interesting, Parvin could've added a little more humour especially when he had the right cast that could pull it off. However, there's nothing done as such.

Music of the film deserves a special mention including the songs like Naino Wali Whiskey that run in the background.

Nonetheless, Sahi Dhande Galat Bande can pass off as a one time watch. Though could've been better.

Mansha Rastogi