Movie Review: Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

The clash between development and displacement has, most of the times, resulted in controversy. I strongly feel that if there was an issue that was crying out for a movie of its own, it’s the acquisition of land in the name of development. The incident makes news, but dies a premature death most of the times. Lessons are learnt but discarded with speed. The sufferers are unheard and uncared for…

SAHI DHANDHE GALAT BANDE tries to capture the ramifications of displacement and development on people and focuses our attention to this issue. It comes with a new grammar – written and directed by actor Parvin Dabas – who puts his distinctive contemporary signature on this present-day story. It is what I would call a socially responsible, thought-provoking and stimulating cinema that has scope for discussion and debates. The first-time film-maker succeeds in his attempt to focus on and draw our attention to the burning issue, but at the same time, it’s not a ‘dry film’. The first-time director ensures that the film has its share of entertaining moments that the viewer thirsts for in film after film.

SAHI DHANDHE GALAT BANDE is the story of a gang composed of four friends-Rajbir Parvin Dabas, Sexy (Vansh Bharadwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nayyar) and Doctor (Kuldip Ruhil) who are given a job which will give them enough money to make all their dreams come true, but to achieve the same they will have to go against their conscience and the village, Kanjhawla, to which they belong. Goading them on to make this job successful is their boss, Fauji Sharat Saxena, who stands to gain the most from the job’s success and realize his dreams of becoming a politician.

On the road to completing this mission they come across a multitude of crazy characters which includes a guru and his wrestlers,a bunch of smart ass kids, a raging Chief Minister(Kiron Juneja Sippy),a Scheming Businessman(Anupam Kher),the Leader of the villagers(Yashpal Sharma), an angry Aunt(Neena Kulkarni), a college going Athlete (Udit Khurana) and a photographer Girlfriend(Tena Desae) who wants to move on with her life, while dealing with a boss who wants them to break his opponents legs and make mobile videos of it for evidence!


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “It addresses, quite successfully at that, an existing critical issue that the country faces — the effect of dislodgment of people. A decent watch!”
Bollywood Hungama
3.0 “Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande is like pocket dynamite.”
DNA India
3.0 “A serious and sensible debut film by director Parvin Dabas, Sahi Dhande Galat Bande is offbeat and fresh.”
3.0 “Parvin Plots A ‘Sahi’ Effort “
3.0 “SDGB is yet another instance of a first time director making a good attempt and walking away with flying colours.”
3.0 “So there you have it – a pertinent and timely film, that’s also super-fun. Give it a shot!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “It’s a warm and honest film that looks with unblinking directness at issues which are more relevant now than ever.”
2.5 “A good effort. And of course, a great intention.”
2.5 “Sahi Dhande Galat Bande can be watched once but only with no expectations. The film has its fair share of goods and bads.”
Negative Reviews
1.5 “Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande draws heavily from various acclaimed films but fails to do justice to the issues it deals with.”


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