Movie Review: Bhindi Baazaar Inc (2011)
“Khel mein haarna ya jeetna maaine nahin rakhta, aisa usi nein kaha hoga jo hara ho. Khelna sirf jeetne ke liye hona chahiye, “ quips Tabrez aka Tez (Gautam Sharma) while talking to Shroff (Kay Kay Menon) in a scene from the avant-garde film, BHINDI BAAZAAR INC.. 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 the underbelly of Mumbai, between the infamous by-lanes where ‘Greed is a Culture’ and ‘Deceit becomes a Compulsion’, the film revolves around gangs of Mumbai who have embraced pickpocketing as an art and a means of earning a livelihood.The story is based on the quest of a small time pickpocket ‘Fateh’ and his ambitions to become a MAMU (local area don). The screenplay underlines the gritty politics, feared hierarchy, unspoken rules, authoritative commands, shrewd intelligence, crafty wit and cold blooded betrayals, within the business.
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