Bhindi Bazaar Inc

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Same old underworld world. Same old violence. Same old attempt at creating value through shock. Gore and sexual titillation are abundant. Over-dramatization and slo-mo exposition throughout drags the film. There is an attempt to tie all ends neatly, but there are only a few lines that make an impression, that too not a lasting one.

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Director: Ankush Bhatt
Running time: 115 minutes
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"Life is a game of chess" - That statement is neither new nor profound. Yet, Bhindi Bazaar Inc's makers are so impressed with the analogy that they made a movie out of it. And took every move literally. It's parallel between the chess game and the story of the film is fun to start with but it gets tiring very soon.

The entire movie feels like one long exposition, where characters are still being introduced. It could be because of the over-dramatization or the slo-mo sequences, it seems like you are still seeing new stuff - new people, new situations within the film. When, in fact, you aren't.

Also, the way the film unfolds, you are like, "ok, you introduced me to the characters, let the real story begin." This is largely because the "real" story is all in flashback. In fact, the present is just teasing you. Constantly.

It also feels like a teaser because Kay Kay Menon is just sitting there, you can just about call his role an elongated special appearance. Similarly, there is nothing challenging about what Piyush Mishra or Prashant Narayanan have to do either. The only sore thumb sticking out is the new kid on block Gautham . He just doesn't match up to any of the talent he is surrounded by.

Deepti Naval represents the condition of the suppressed woman in the underworld with calm and composure. Just like Shilpa Shukla expresses the growing role of women in crime with aggression. Vedita Singh gets to play the slutty b!tch, and she makes most of the opportunity.

The conclusion being the cast was capable; they are just offered run-of-the-mill material to work with. It is possible that we have grown up since the days of Satya and Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi and we are better exposed to cinema from around the world. Maybe, if we weren't Bhindi Bazaar Inc would have worked a better.

It's not as if they didn't give the plot a thorough think through and just patched stuff together as it came in. The attempts to dot the 'I's are clean and clear. But all of it is done over and over again - the overall story for sure. And the details are filled in with filthy language and crass dialogue - all of which is appropriate given the setting, all of which also doesn't shock any more.

I can't help but feel a tad disappointed. It's not like I walked in with great expectations. It's just that I thought I'd be coming out with some mind-blowing performances that I'd remember for a long time to come.

- meeta, a part of the audience

20 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 4 so-so 13 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, : ...Ram Shreyas Rao's cinematography captures the by lanes of Mumbai effectively. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now : ...shakes you, sometimes to core! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Pawan Malhotra, Prashant Narayanan, Gautam Sharma, Piyush Mishra, Kay Kay Menon, and Vedita Pratap Singh give solid performances.... full review

So-So, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...Bhindi Bazaar doesnt reinvent the genre or take it forward but still has a few plusses going for it.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, : ...Prashant Narayanan is a fine actor ... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ... The film takes too long to get on course and is cluttered with loose, untidy bits that need to be edited out. ... full review

So-So, by SpiceZee Bureau, Zee News : ...Music by Sandeep – Surya is of fast forward, even a raunchy item number by Caterina Lopez fails to grab attention... full review

Thumbs down, by Pankit Narang, Apun Ka Choice : ...One-time watch for those who enjoy dark thrillers... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...masterpieces get made while having fun on the shoots and flops are produced in the attempt of creating Classics... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...doesn't offer anything novel in this beaten-to-death genre. But it makes for a compelling watch due to several nail-biting moments. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...Deepti Naval, as Malhotra's wife, is a surprise in this ensemble, because she doesn't fit in at all, and yet, makes something of her character even in the three brief scenes she's given.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, : ...Incomprehensible story, uninteresting characters, improbable plots, unenthusiastic cinematography, apathetic production design, and indifferent direction - all these factors make this movie a pain in the *bleep*. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Using chess as a metaphor is a good trick but the relentlessness with which it is played out becomes quickly tiresome... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Watch it if you want to understand how even the business of pick-pockets is getting organised.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Pawan Malhotra, Prashant Narayanan, Deepti Naval and Piyush Mishra deliver powerful performances but a ludicrous second half kills the grittiness with which the film builds up. ... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Prashant Narayanan carrying off an adaequate amount of confidence as Fateh, the film doesn't give any of them scope enough.... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...The sequences here are repetitive, fuzzily shot, and hammers home not-so subtle metaphors. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rohatgi, Now : ...The film has many intense actors to boast of including the likes of Deepti Naval, Piyush Mehra, Prashant Narayanan and Kay Kay Menon but due to lack in depth of their characters they fail in delivering their best. But the acting is still to watch out for.... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...doesn't fit into gangster movie category at all. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...There is an element of suspense to some scenes with sub plots within sub plots adding to the mystery, arousing some curiousity until the realization dawns upon us that the filmmaker is making a conscious effort to be one step ahead of his audience with a definite formula in mind.... full review

12 tweeters(?) - 6 yays 0 so-so 6 nays

tiger_on_hunt: BhiNdi Bazar a gud muvi, everybody done 100% i like that.

Sethumadhavan: Bhindi Bazaar Inc- some films positively surprise you & this is one such film.Worth a watch.

rkmalakar: bhindi bazar, superb movie yaar

nautanki: Bhindi Bazaar Inc. intermission. Fairly impressive writing, good metaphors & acting. Textbook concept, but handled well.

naneem: Bhindi bazaar inc : good.. director treated it same as in once upon a time in mumbai

CineMagik: after waching k k menon in bhindi bazaar inc i can forgive him bheja fry 2

sameersmileing: movie Bhindi Bazaar Inc. is an example of low production values, vague dialogues and a predictable story.

r1kartik: The disappointing BHINDI BAZAAR INC.

learningpilgrim: bhindi bazaar inc-trying too hard to be a good movie...a bad spicy curry with no soul and too much presentation.

Hardik_Gautami: Hate someone? Suggest them to watch Bhindi Bazaar Inc.

Guruproactive: Can someone tell me what the swear word Bhendeee means? Bhendi Bazaar - a senseless film - reminded me of this word.

anaggh: Shaitan 3 Bhejafry 1 Bhendi bazaar 0.

4 readers - 3 yays 0 so-so 1 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by alina : Quite Intersting n Remarable !

Yay! Thumbs Up, by azru khan : New delhi

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Enjoypaki : Bhindi bazar movie is purley different from other Bollywood movies.There is no famous actor but

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Mansi : Nice subject. Poor execution. No great performances. Skip it :)

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads and bits of it pretty gory too.
  • Language: Lots of abuses and most of them aren't beeped out either.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of scenes implying sex, a pole dance, and in general lots of philandering is implied
  • Concept: In the world of crime, only crime rules
  • General Look and Feel: Dark and grainy

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Running time:
115 minutes

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thaks for Bhindi Bazaar Review give me more info

hi meetu i have watched the movie and loved it a lot...add my review in your external reviews also.. thanks

@arzu hope you found what you were looking for.

@sarah i need to know that you'll be consistent week-after-week, before i can add your reviews to the external review section.

Agree with every bit of your review. Here's mine -

From powerful dialogues to a beautiful screenplay, Saif Ali Khan’s comeback movie with Radhika Apte & Chitrangada Singh is a bang on minus the technical terms of the stock market.

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