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  • ...has an interesting premise, soul-stirring yet forgettable music and a promising newcomer (yeap, that's Anya). But it is buoyed down by a dishonest lead actor whose voice gets distorted by the silver spoon he carries in his mouth

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  • ...is a very earnest and occasionally preachy heart-in-the-right place movie.

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  • ...is riveting tale of undertrials which has an interesting premise with some crackling performances.

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  • Good music, solid performances, relevant story...

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  • Gets marks just for picking up a different issue and retains them by not falling prey to all possible clichés.

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  • ...means and plays well but lacks the spunk and spirit required to arouse sentiments - rebellious or patriotic.

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  • The scenes lack conviction and powerful storytelling. Plenty of loopholes that cannot be ignored and half baked characters ruin the rest of the film.

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  • ...boasts of some fine performances but the script is average and the developments in the film are too unconvincing.

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  • Such a surprise to see Yash Raj Films and Habib Faisal make something so terribly amateurish, you wonder where the logic has gone?

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  • The most disappointing thing in Qaidi Band is the maker's refusal to try something edgy, considering its premise and the use of rock music. It's just an example of plain mediocrity and naive approach to filmmaking.

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  • ...brings up a new concept and offers some wonderful songs, but that’s about it. It remains an average story told in an average way.

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  • That director Habib Faisal has helmed this one is not apparent through the film. But the filmmaker tucks in quintessential emotional nuggets that remind one of the filmmaker's signature cinematic flourishes.

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  • Qaidi Band's biggest undoing is its superficial treatment of a thought-provoking premise.

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  • More realism would have made this a film we could have believed in. But we do take away the young faces with us, especially Anya Singh whose bright-eyed earnestness is wholly convincing.

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  • ...it is Anya Singh who impresses the most as the affable young woman who is hopeful and helpful. Even as the film ventures into unreal and mawkish territory, her Anya remains an idealist, firm that there is good in the world.

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  • ...rather than leave it to the audience to discern and feel, circumstances are described and speeches delivered patronisingly. The script soon turns towards drama, a poorly planned escape and a convenient climax.

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  • Not only does Qaidi Band stay voluntarily far from scratching the surface of the issue but is unable to be a compelling watch either. For a real, troubling issue the solution offered is an unconvincing fairytale one.

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