Director: Ankush Bhatt
Producer: Karan Arora
Banner: Picture Thoughts Production
Music Director: Sandeep Vyas, Surya Narayan
Lyricist: Naveen Tyagi, Ghalib Asad Bhopali
Star Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla, Deepti Naval, Shweta Verma, Vedita Pratap Singh, Gautam Sharma
Special Appearance: Caterina Lopez
June 17, 2011
Seems like the underbelly of Mumbai has become the favorite amongst directors, but what they have simply forgotten is that not every script is as engaging as "Slumdog Millionaire" or as complete as "Once Upon A Time in Mumbai". Nevertheless, the quest to portray the deceitful world on the big canvas successfully is what every director is aiming for. And the latest to join the bandwagon is first-time director Ankush Bhatt's "Bhindi Bazaar Inc". The story revolves around two gangs who have made pick-pocketing their vocation. So, we have characters who put in their heart and soul and try out creative ways to survive in this dangerous profession.
The movie opens with two players playing the game of chess. Every move they make on the board is figurative of the movie moving forward. The two main protagonists of the movie Darzi (Gautam Sharma) and Fateh (Prashant Narayan) were street urchins before their life changed and they were absorbed into the world of pick-pocketing by the gangster, Mamu (Pawan Malhotra). Together, the kids become a part of one extended family, despite the hidden rivalry and jealousy. As years go by and the number of picked pockets increases to 550, both become capable henchmen of Mamu. However, with every success, the quest for power looms all the more high.
No sooner, personal relationships are put on stake and the chase to be the most powerful becomes the only motive, primarily for Fateh. Apart from these, there are about of half a dozen of other characters in the movie. There is Mamu's mami, Bano (Deepti Naval), a mistress Shabana (Vedita Pratap Singh), Darzi's love interest, Simran (Shweta Varma), Kajri (Shilpa Shukla), Jackie Shroff who plays a narcotics cop and numerous other henchmen. What is interesting to note is that none of them add even a bit to the movie. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the characters just stroll in and out of the scenes aimlessly.
First time director Ankush Bhatt has nothing to be happy about in his debutorial venture, for the film is all cluttered and loose. First the film takes too long to get on-board and when it does, you realize it is but a zilch. To add to the woes is the denigrated cinematography and strictly pedestrian dialogues. Such is the sad state of affairs that even the background score cannot hide the feebleness of the dialogues. The music of the film is further depressing, with even the raunchy number not grabbing many ears. As far as performance is concerned, while veteran actors are wasted, new actors have nothing much in them to be talked about.
Last Call: "Bhindi Bazaar Inc" is an out-and-out unconvincing tale. Spare yourself the time, rather than indulging into this one!
Bhindi Baazaar Inc Pre-release Review
A crispy conception, forceful storyline, and dynamic characters, all combine to bring you the latest in-line Bollywood venture, ‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc’. Presented under the banner Picture Thoughts Production, the movie marks the debut of newcomers Ankush Bhatt as director and Karan Arora as producer. Set in the underbelly of Mumbai, the flicks brings forward the underworld gang culture of reaching the top spot, using all illegitimate and barred methods. Interestingly, a gritty and coarse dramatic thriller like ‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc’ does have a music album, where it was expected to be a song-less affair. With half a dozen songs, the soundtrack is composed by Sandeep Vyas and Surya Narayan, to the lyrics of Naveen Tyagi and Ghalib Asad Bhopali. ‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc’ is set to hit the silver screen on June 17, 2011.
The infamous area of Bhindi Baazaar in the metropolitan Mumbai forms the base of this flick, with bloody politics, unruly gangs, and customary pickpocketing playing the main characters. Similar to any organization that comprises of employees and designations, the movie, too, has workers with their respective specializations, set skills, and administrative structure, and, most of all, business rivals. Bhindi Baazaar Incorporation is headed by a local mafia goon called Mamu. It is a position that no one ever thinks to reach, leave aside making attempts to even try. The movie revolves around vicious crime syndicates, beginning with the game of chess, played between two characters, Shroff (Kay Kay Menon) and Darzi (Gautam Sharma). With each one trying to move towards the other end of the chessboard to become the ‘Vazir’, ambitious and planned moves of a pawn fall into limelight. Agreed that pickpocketing is an art and a means of earning livelihood in Mumbai, how the two characters use their intelligence and spontaneity to survive in the profession to reach their destination is something to be checked out.
With the profession of pickpockets not being a clean journey, a trail of betrayals, revelations, deceits, and vengeance follows next. What’s more, not every pawn can be in the run and desire for the position of Vazir. In the dirty and wild game of chess, or call it pickpocketing, even kingmakers use pieces to accomplish their ultimate destination. Now, will Darzi succeed in becoming the Mamu, considering that he is the best friend of small time pickpocket, Fateh (Prashant Narayanan), who was once next in line to-be Mamu? Or does Shroff have second plans for Darzi who is an underdog for the game of chess? With a fresh concept and new story in hand, debuting director Ankush Bhatt can only hope for striking at the box-office in the first attempt. Expect loads of feared hierarchy, unspoken rules, authoritative commands, crafty wit, cold blooded betrayals, and shrewd intelligence. Watch out for the game of chess amid pickpocketing, when ‘Bhindi Baazaar Inc’ releases on June 17, 2011 in theaters near you.