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Review: Bang Gaali is a film noir, wacky, tongue-in-cheek ride

 Film Review

Genre: Short film/ Film Noir/ Pyschotic thriller

Written and directed by: Apurva Badgaiyan

Rating: Four Stars



A tale of Mumbai underbelly Gangsters meeting Indian Pulp Fiction meeting Capello’s Godfather! If you are in for a wacky roller coaster ride mouthing crazy sinful cuss dialogues making it poetically sinful affair, Bang Gaali is for you.

A film noir that will make you laugh your lungs out as you will gush at the tongue-in-cheek dialogues that seek no moral justification, Bang Gaali is a sensational 11 minutes short film. It provides a racy and pacy edge that will make you shed all inhibitions to enter the world of mind games where nothing is ever justified. At one glance, Bang-Gaali is not just a short film but a film noir, psychotic thriller that flirts rather shameless with the mind.

The short film is dark and mystified, providing eleven minutes of non-stop entertainment that will make feature films fade in comparison. Bang Gaali deftly captures viewers’ attention and is poignantly treated, right from its in your face dialogues, camera movements closing on the actors’ shots, zooming on the the streets on Mumbai to give it an extra edge and persona as well as the natural performances of the actors. It’s a tribute to a city that boast of two lives, the dark lanes and fast paced existence that we marvel at.

There is not a single dull moment in Bang Gaali owing to the director’s vision as he takes us on a thrilling adventure,  stitching together characters to make them alive and believable. The screenplay, script and background music fit to the hilt and enrapture  viewers, glued to their computer screen. Director Apurva Badgaiyan deserves credit to pull it off with competence, making it a crazy and roller-coaster ride with adrenaline pumping high in your body.

Bang-Gaali will revolutionize the entire process of making short films, giving it a bigger audience who will identify with such aesthetic form of cinema shot on canvas. It will set the pace to make more short films in the future and the film will provide fillip to the new adventure where short films will be the norm of the day cum changing our perception about short films. It’s an rich movie experience to dabble with and the film’s forte is its unabashed dialogues that will remain will viewers’ for long. Full marks to Apurva Badgaiyan for coming up with such a crisp cinematic vision designed  of art marrying film noir as the staple food of entertainment. Bang-Gali is for the soul. A must watch for its excellent performances, original script and intelligent direction.

Few words on Apurva Badgaiyan


Director Apurva Badgaiyan

Apurva Badgaiyan is a super talented, good friend of mine and we studied together at Fergusson College, Pune. I have collaborated with him at the Film Television Institute of India at a time he was honing his craft at one of India’s premier school of acting. Apurva is no stranger to films and he made his first shortie, A dash of lime, A bit of honey, that blew one’s mind. Apurva worked as an assistant director to Prakash Jha in movies like Superstar, Rajneeti and Arakshan. Thus, working with big names like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.

Bang-Gaali can be watched on the link,

Make sure you click the link coz Bang-Gaali is going to alter your perception of short films and you cannot afford to miss this experience in film noir. Truly a pain killer!

With Love




Work-in-progress, seeker and bundle of contradictions. Stubborn and Refusal to grow up and constantly in search of myself, I blurt it out on my space. Drop in and share some love. Indian by choice.

9 thoughts on “Review: Bang Gaali is a film noir, wacky, tongue-in-cheek ride

    1. You must watch it and Apurva is a super talented dude. I have quite a few celebrity friends, some were class mates and all. Ali Fazal of Bobby Jasoos is a good friend and we’ve been hostel mates hehe

  1. It depends what is one making a film for.
    If it’s business,then it could be waste of money .
    If it’s about satisfying one’s hunger for a good product,then it’s good

    1. Haha I am a die-hard fan of Hindi movies, both mad capers and serious one. It’s my life and can’t live without them. Would love to see Ray, Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh cinema in Bengoli:)

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