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Qaidi Band trailer: 7 prisoners geared to set their records straight, literally

The trailer of this never-told-before tale promises entertainment in the form of a prison drama. Newcomers Aadar Jain and Anya Singh look confident.

Mayur Lookhar

Habib Faisal is known to make endearing romantic sagas such as Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and Ishaqzaade (2012). With Qaidi Band, the filmmaker has delved into new territory. The film also marks the debut of actor Ranbir Kapoor’s first cousin Aadar Jain and Delhi girl Anya Singh.

Said to be based on true events, the film narrates the tale of seven undertrials who form a band in the hope that their good show and conduct will help them get out of jail. The band is to perform on Independence Day, 15 August. It is no ordinary feat, as the seven-member band includes a Russian and a Chinese.

Sanju (Jain) and Bindu (Singh) are the lead vocalists while the others are a pianist, a guitarist, the lyricist and the chorus. All the members put their heart and soul into their performance, hoping it would help them get a quick release.

The band’s success soon attracts media attention. A local politician (Rajesh Sharma) plots for the members to remain in prison so that he can use their songs to get votes in the upcoming elections. The dreams of the band members are shattered and they decide to act against the injustice.

Apart from a refreshing story, the film has a refreshing cast. It might be too early to judge them by the trailer, but Aadar Jain and Anya Singh fit the bill as the leads. Singh in particular looks confident facing the camera. She comes across as a streetsmart young woman, apt to play Bindu.

Then we have seasoned actor Sachin Pilgaonkar, who is cast as the warden. In the initial sequences, he comes across as a gentleman, only to later help the politician in retaining the performers. One can only know the reality of the characters when the film is out.

Qaidi Band seems to have a good script. Moreover, Faisal and his cast look all geared up to set the record straight that not all prisoners are criminals. Faisal certainly seems to have a never-told-before gripping and entertaining story at his disposal.

Qaidi Band is set to be released on 25 August. You can predict the film's box-office performance here. Meanwhile, watch the intriguing trailer: