Bhindi Bazaar INC by director Ankush Bhatt continues the legacy of the gangster movies genre. Right from Deewaar to the recent Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, the portrayal of underworld has been presented most convincingly in these films. However, Bhindi Bazaar INC, doesn't really show the tarnished world, but it definitely gives you a tour of that dark streets, which deal with those shady men and shady deals.
The hunger for power, game of one-upmanship, carnage and massacre, Bhindi Bazaar INC gives you everything that a gangster movie has to. Mamu (Pavan Malhotra) is the title of the mafia-head of Bhindi Bazaar. Years ago, Mamu snatched the reign from someone, the same will also happen to Mamu, but who will snatch his kingship from him is the big question.
The film begins with a game of chess between Shroff (Kay Kay) and Tez (Gautham). Each move on the chess board unfolds the story. It starts with Fateh (Prashant Narayanan) and Tez entering Mamu's gang and continues with Fateh backstabing Mamu and grabing his title. But the journey from a small-time crook to Mamu isn't easy. Betrayals, deceits, treachery and vengeance are a part of this journey.
The effortless knitting of the game of chess and the game of gangster in the film is what sets the film apart. All the credit goes to director Ankush Bhatt and the writer. Bhindi Baazaar INC, however is not for faint-hearted people. Here human life doesn't matter, language spoken is acidic and bold, loaded with curses. One needs to be strong to absorb Bhindi Bazaar.
The film reminds of the plot of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, where a follower overpowers the guru. The setting and characters are real. Ram Shreyas Rao and Viraj Singh's cinematography captures the atmosphere well. Though there's no scope for music, the titillating song in the bar is well choreographed.
The screenplay ( by Ghalib Asad Bhopali) is engaging and keeps you absorbed with some nail-biting moments. Director Ankush Bhatt was best at the execution of the plot. This well written script has the power to engage and alarm. The choice of actors is most appropriate.
Even after a hard-hitting script the film stagnates towards the post-interval portions and more so towards the climax. The film would have done better if it would have ended the moment Gautham becomes Mamu. The subsequent portions are redundant and the Jackie Shroff track is not convincing and is a total waste.
Kay Kay Menon gets it right yet again. Pavan Malhotra is first-rate. Prashant Narayanan is natural. Newcomer Gautham is a pleasant surprise with a confident performance. Deepti Naval is wonderful. Vedita Pratap Singh is excellent. Piyush Mishra gives a power-packed performance. Shilpa Shukla doesn't get much scope. Shweta Varma is wonderful. Jackie Shroff is wasted. The actor playing the role of the corrupt cop is first-rate.
Over all, Bhindi Bazaar INC doesn't have anything new to offer, but it makes a good watch because of several nail-biting moments.