Bhindi Baazaar Inc: The film boasts of no big stars, but manages to score high on the entertainment quotient.
Starring: Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Deepti Naval, Shilpa Shukla
Direction: Ankush Bhatt
Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes
Rating: 3 Out Of 5
The movie Bhindi Bazaar tries to be different by having a running chess game, between the protagonist and a mafia supremo imitate the action in the rest of the story. This idea though novel on paper, tends to bog down an already cliched story. And honestly Kay Kay Menon’s psycho chess master cum don act is a little creepy.
Apart from Kay Kay Menon in a cameo, the film boasts of no big stars, but manages to score high on the entertainment quotient.
Set in Mumbai’s popular Bhindi Bazaar area, the story oscillates between the past and present over a game of chess between Tez and Shroff. Through flashback scenes we are introduced to the two rival pick-pocketing gangs headed by Mamu (Pawan Malhotra) and Pandey (Piyush Mishra) respectively. Tez and Fateh (Prashant Narayanan) from Mamu’s gang are childhood buddies who want to make it big. They even compete to pick maximum pockets as they run after a kati patang (deftly done sequence). But cracks start surfacing in their relationship after the sudden demise of Mamu. A treacherous game of love, deceit, betrayal and malice ensues, involving a host of other characters.
The cinematography is good but you have to be an idiot to mess up the raw appeal of a chaotic Mumbai. Overall the ingredients in this bhindi masala are just about edible.
The film takes too long to get on course and is cluttered with loose, untidy bits that need to be edited out. What works in favour is the authenticity of the setting and the changing tide of events.