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Bhindi Baazaar Inc review: Go ahead and bag this!

Bhindi Baazaar Inc review: Go ahead and bag this!

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Thursday 16 June 2011

Movie Title

Bhindi Baazaar Inc review: Go ahead and bag this!

Director

Ankush Bhatt

Star Cast

Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla, Deepti Naval, Caterina Lopez and Jackie Shroff

We?ve been seeing gritty gangster films regularly over the past decade. We know all about the Underworld Film, typically set in mofussil Mumbai. This is yet another, so the weariness to watch it is understandable. But the film springs a pleasant surprise.

Two friends Fateh (Prashant Narayanan) and Tabrez (Gautam Sharma) grow up in world where children are trained and are a crucial part of underworld dealings. They are made to follow the victim, round them off, till the shooters come in for the kill. Indeed, the scenes involving gleeful children in murderous warfare are chilling.

Employing them is the kohl-eyed, enigmatic underworld boss called `Mamu? (Pawan Malhotra). Ruthless enough to chop off fingers, he?s also strangely moral. He refuses the offer to spread a virus (hints at swine flu) among people so the greedy pharmaceutical company can make millions. The company owners are looking for someone unscrupulous enough to do the job.

Meanwhile Fateh and Tabrez pickpocket daily, with one seeming slightly more ambitious than the other.

The film explores the underworld with a gaze that?s both seemingly realistic (we can only guess) and affected at the same time (the criminals running in slow-mo to hip music). There are some humorous touches like the gang members out for a drink and annoyed with the awful singing in the nightclub. Or the exasperated chain-snatcher complaining, Nakli chain pehen kar raub marte hai.

The film does attempt to push the envelope. As a gang?s employees laugh out at a common joke, a female member?s hand purposefully brushes the other lady?s thigh. A cop raping a prostitute gets a shock. The women of this grimy world, behind carefully-veiled domestication, are no less fatal.

The dexterous screenplay shows us story developments in parallel tracks. So a game of chess progresses as the story moves forward simultaneously. Director Ankush Bhatt controls the parallel tracks expertly, keeping the film pacy and interesting. That?s until the lead-in to the finale, where the film falls apart. Weird coincidences, bad acting, and a hurriedly put-together ending disappoints and confounds.

Other downsides include a highly risqu? item song leaving very less to imagination. The much-publisised steamy scenes, in fact, are handled well, without getting into seedy body close-ups. The film?s look is dated and one can tell it was ready long before the release.

The cast does exceedingly well. Pawan Malhotra, Prashant Narayanan, Gautam Sharma, Piyush Mishra, Kay Kay Menon, and Vedita Pratap Singh give solid performances. The supporting cast does very well.

If you can forgive the muddled finale and the film?s dated look, you?ll find an interesting crime drama that isn?t afraid of showing the seamiest side of the city?s underbelly. Worth a watch if you fancy this genre.

Verdict: Three stars

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