Bhindi Bazaar Inc Hindi Movie Review
The IPL craze this year had come down hard on a lot of films that either released with lukewarm response or got postponed indefinitely. One among such films was Bhindi Bazaar Inc which earlier was to release in February but eventually makes it to the theatres now. However, with a paltry sum spent on promotions one wonders the kind of response it may garner now from the cinegoers.
Set in Mumbai's most notorious area Bhindi Bazaar, the film starts with a game of Chess between Shroff (Kay Kay Menon) and Tabrez aka Tez (Gautam Sharma), each move of which unfolds the story which leads to the motive of their meeting. The story then becomes a smart play of past and present as the lives of 4 pick-pocketers Fateh (Prashant Narayanan), Tez, Khatru and Kanjri (Shilpa Shukla) unravels the underbelly of Mumbai and the power play that comes into picture. How in a bid to become the Mamu, that's the bhai of the area, does the scheming, murdering and betraying takes places between these four friends along with the other gangsters forms the rest of the plot.
Ankush Bhatt who marks his debut with Bhindi Bazaar presents an intelligent intercutting of past and present via the medium of a chess game. However, he forgets to restrain his intelligence. There's an overkill of intercutting so much so that the game of chess reaches ultimate boredom and monotony. Having stories revolving around Gang-wars intermingled with Politics and Law System always make up for an interesting watch but only if one knows how best to utilize it. In case of Ankush Bhatt he falters at getting the best out of the storyline and his characters. The film has many intense actors to boast of including the likes of Deepti Naval, Piyush Mehra, Prashant Narayanan and Kay Kay Menon but due to lack in depth of their characters they fail in delivering their best. But the acting is still to watch out for. Newcomer Gautam Verma too shows potential in his performance. The much talked about item number from International Star Jennifer Lopez's cousin Caterina Lopez is extremely raunchy and can best suit the prurient pleasures. Vedita Pratap Singh's character as Mamu (Pawan Malhotra)'s bhanji is clearly unjustified. Throughout the film she remains on a random sleeping with men spree having physical intimacy with almost everyone.
There are a lot of things that go against the film, first and foremost being the quality of the print which is very grainy irritating the eyes. Another recurring error is the dubbing of the dialogues which in many cases is faulty and also the out of focus scenes which keep coming time and again. But more than anything it's the flawed script that exasperates the audience. The second half appears extremely stretched. There's forceful use of expletives and raunchy scenes even at places not needed merely to project the brash lives in Mumbai's underbelly.
Over all, this Bazaar offers a half-baked product. Had it been for a water-tight screenplay and a sensible storyline Bhindi Bazaar Inc could've been much better.