Set in the underbelly of Mumbai, between the infamous by-lanes where ‘Greed is a Culture’ and ‘Deceit becomes a Compulsion’. Bhindi Baazaar Inc movie review…
The film revolves around gangs of Mumbai who have embraced pickpocketing as an art
and a means of earning a livelihood. They use their intelligence as a canvas and their spontaneity as a brush to survive in this dangerous profession.
There are many gangster movies produced in Bollywood. The city’s sleazy underbelly which is in South Mumbai in areas like Mohamed Ali Road, Dongri, Kamathipura and the Bhindi Bazaar area has been depicted in films.
Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is the story of a pawn and his calculated moves to reach the other end of the chessboard. Revolving around vicious crime syndicates, the film starts with a game of chess being played between two characters; ‘Shroff’ and ‘Darzi’. It highlights the ambitious and planned moves of a pawn to reach the other end of the board. Their every move in the game correlates with life in the real world and how people are used or killed as the game progresses.
Mamu (Pavan Malhotra) is the leader of the gang in Bhindi Baazaar. A while ago, it was the same guy who snatched it from some other person who has had it enough in that profession, and so Pavan Malhotra promotes himself to be the next Mamu..
It begins with a game of chess between Shroff (Kay Kay) and Tez (Gautham). As they play their moves, the story proceeds accordingly. Fateh (Prashant Narayanan) is a small time pick pocket who joins in the Mamu’s gang at the same time as Tez links up in the troop.
How Fateh backstabs Mamu and elevates himself to being called as Mamu is the crux of the story. However it’s a long struggle for a small-time crook to crown himself as the chief of the local gang.
The story of Bhindi Baazaar Inc is based on the quest of a small time pickpocket ‘Fateh’ and his ambitions to become a Mamu, a long journey of betrayals, deceits and vengeance.
Incidentally Bhindi Baazaar Inc. has the same concept that of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai where the apprentice overpowers the chief in a game of power-play. It is a realistic story and the characters are as real as real life like which makes it an interesting watch. Then there is also an item number where Caterina Lopez is shown in a Special Appearance as well as the titillating song in the bar which is well choreographed.
Deepti Naval is naturally, restrained. Shweta Varma has an impressive role, which Shilpa Shukla isn’t much in the frame. Piyush Mishra does a reasonably well job but it is Prashant Narayanan who is the scene stealer. Pavan Malhotra and Kay Kay Menon the seasoned guys are well selected for their parts, Vedita Pratap Singh is awesome.
The screenplay underlines the gritty politics, feared hierarchy, unspoken rules, authoritative commands, shrewd intelligence, crafty wit and cold blooded betrayals, within the business.
Bhindi Baazaar Inc. does have its nail-biting moments and is a well made film.
Cast of Bhindi Baazaar Inc:
Kay Kay Menon – Dhananjay Singh
Prashant Narayanan – Fateh
Pawan Malhotra – Mamu
Piyush Mishra – Pandey
Deepti Naval – Mamu’s wife – Bano
Shilpa Shukla – Kanjari
Vedita Pratap Singh – Shabana
Caterina Lopez in a Special Appearance
Introducing: Shweta Verma as Simran
Gautam Sharma as Darji
CREDITS & CREW of Bhindi Baazaar Inc:
Studio High Ground Enterprise, Picture Thoughts Production
Directed By Ankush Bhatt
Screenplay By Ghalib Asad Bhopali / Kapil Gulati
Produced By Karan Arora
Music by- Sandeep and Surya
Lyrics by-Navin Tyagi See More
Story by Ghalib Asad Bhopali
Cinematography Ram Shreyas Rao
Editing by Faisal
Choreography – Sagar Das
Action – Mehmood
Media Relations – Subtle Scream
Bhindi Baazaar Inc – movie review