Even Relationships Are Sold Here

After the critically acclaimed ‘Shor In The City’ that portrayed the real look of Mumbai, here’s another rustic but realistic look at a part of Mumbai through yesterday’s released crime thriller ‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc.’.  Director Ankush Bhatt who makes his debut with this film has done a good job with his maiden Hindi film.

‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc.’ is a story of two rival factions of criminals indulging in pick-pocketing, one gang led by Mamu (Pawan Malhotra) and the other by Pandey (Piyush Mishra). Tabrez (Gautam Sharma) and Fateh (Prashant Narayanan) are childhood buddies who dream of making it big in this city of gold. However after the death of Mamu, their friendship goes for a toss as love, deceit, betrayal and fallouts become a part of their lives as the characters gun for more power.

Crime and Mumbai have an integral relationship that is firmly etched in Bhindi Baazaar Inc.  The story is almost similar to the game of chess and most of the leading players in this film have been cleverly related to chess pieces and the narrative of the movie is extremely good akin to a game of chess where every move is made in a ruthless manner by eliminating the opponent. Cinematographer Ramshreyas Rao has done a commendable job behind the camera to capture the vibrant life of Mumbai aka Bhindi Baazaar area.  Music by the musical duo Sandeep and Surya are okay in parts and songs ‘Taan Ke Seena’ and ‘Akkad Bakkad’ are worth listening to and it goes with the mood of the film. Editing by Faisal Khan too is crispy and keeps the story flowing. Screenplay and dialogues are what Mumbai underworld is all about though the script falters a bit in the second half.

Acting front, Prashant Narayanan stands out and is a class apart. Despite being so good an actor, its surprising he’s so underrated. Gautam Sharma too is good and will be going places for sure. Kay Kay Menon who plays the boss in the film has a small role and yet it stays firmly etched in the viewers mind. Even Pawan Malhotra and Piyush Mishra stand out for their brilliant performances. Jackie Shroff is however wasted in a cameo and could have been provided a bigger role. Firangi artist Caterina Lopez, supposed to be a distant cousin of Jennifer Lopez and who appears in an item song in the film, most probably would have a short shelf life in Mumbai. Who knows.

Overall, the film is worth a watch if you’re a diehard gangster movie fan. This film reeks of expletives throughout the film but then the underworld is never known to talk in a pious language. Watch it for the edginess and the rugged life of Mumbai underworld.