Bhindi Bazaar Inc – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on June 18, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Karan Arora
DIRECTOR – Ankush Bhatt
WRITER – Ghalib Asad Bhopali
CAST – Kay Kay Menon, Prroshant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla, Deepti Naval.
MUSIC – Sandeep Surya
Neo-noir finds a voice with this gangster film based in the gangster pocket of South Mumbai. It is a gritty story of the rise and fall of two pick-pockets among a gang of goons in a world of crime, deceit and disloyalty.
Fateh (Prroshant Narayanan) and Tez (Gautam Sharma) are childhood friends who have grown up dreaming of becoming the crime duke of their area. Ambition takes over them and their lives become a game of cat and mouse as characters fall like nine-pins in a drama of suspense and irony. Fateh eliminates the reigning crime lord Mamu (Pawan Malhotra) even as gang wars between him and Pandey (Piyush Mishra) hots up and suspicions fall away from him. In a back and forth narrative of slow-building drama Tez and Shroff (Kay Kay Menon) play a chess game while the former recounts his part in the politics of the whole game. The film gradually moves towards a climax of black irony and poetic justice that brings it full circle.
Although the film has colour when it shows its female characters, it largely maintains a monochrome while dealing with its men and the city. The sweat and grime is portrayed with a gritty reality and the film never sacrifices authenticity for beauty or entertainment.
It gets convincing performances from its lead cast but under-utilises the talent it boasts of. Deepti Naval as the wife of Mamu gets incredibly small and meaningless screen time and so does Pawan Malhotra. Piyush Mishra’s eccentricity and intensity gets no showcase and Jackie Shroff’s cameo is merely an appearance. Prroshant Narayanan and Shilpa Shukla hold the screen together with their presence and conviction even as their language and diction falters from cutting street-talk to a forced roughness.
With the slowness of its pace and low-key drama it is a thriller that’s a mild film. For thriller aficionados there is so much more better out there but for lovers of dark and dirty realism the film offers a certain visceral experience even if not visual or memorable.