Starring Manisha Koirala, Suman Rangatham, Shwetha Menon, Aryan Vaid, Sayaji Shinde, Govind Namdeo, Makrand Deshpande. Prathima Azmi, Vallabh Vyas
Directed by Jai Prakash Music by Altaf Raja
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
is a film about the worlds oldest profession...prostitution! Films on
this subject have been witnessed over time and classics in the genre
include MAUSAM, BAZAAR or the latest being CHANDNI BAR. MARKET tries
hard to leave its mark and despite some well canned, hard hitting
sequences and fleshed out performances MARKET falls short due to a
weak second half and an attempt to pass sleaze off as
story revolves around Muskaan (Manisha
prostitute in the famous Mehndi Bazaar of Hyderbadi. Via a flashback
we find out about Muskaans background. Muskaan hailed from a small
town in Andhra Pradesh and was born in a poor family. Her father (Vallash
Vyas) always wanted
the best for her and when an offer comes from a rich Arab to get her
married her father accepts it thinking it will do the whole family
good even though Muskaam was barely a child then.
rich Arab repeatedly rapes her and then files a divorce against her a
week later. Muskaans
father commits suicide from the guilt. Muskaan family files a
complaint of marital torture with the police, but the Arab gets away
on bail by bribing the lawyers and judges and escapes to Dubai.
Even after 8 years when the Arab returns to India, Muskaan loses the battle against him....which leaves her shattered. After a police raid on Mehndi Bazaar Muskaan flees to Mumbai.
meets Babloo Panday (Aryan
from Kanpur with a lot of contacts in the underworld. Babloo falls in
love with Muskaan and even offers to marry her, but Muskaan rejects
the other hand a psychotic gangster Anthony Kaalia(Makrand Deshpande)
kills Isha which brings into the picture Anna (Govind
Namdeo)-a don who
resides in Dubai but runs pretty much the whole Mumbai underworld. Anna
invites Lisa and Muskaan for a show to Dubai and there things take a
sharp turn as Muskaan..by chance..again runs into the Arab that ruined
her life years ago...
blood boils and she wants revenge...but before she can do anything,
the Arab has already given "supari" to Anna to kill her
off...what happens next? Does Muskaan Bano finally get her
revenge...and her justice?
from the word go MARKET hits the viewer on the face like a sharp slap!
The initial sequences in Mehndai Bazaar, the flashback which deals
with issues such marrying a minor, child rape and selling a minor to a
brothel are all realistically portrayed.
from the word go director Jai Prakash knows what he is doing. Be it
the life of a regular prostitute in Hyderbad or the life of a high
class call girl in Mumbai Prakash has does his homework and gives us a
In the the first half Prakash is in full form and the entire flashback with Manisha leaves a lump in the viewers throat. The entire set-up of Mehndi Bazaar is spot on and one actually feels like they are in the red light district. The ambience and atmosphere created is in perfect sync with the movie.
Dialogues in the movie are simply outstanding!! They are hard hitting and swear words are uttered every second. Those uttered by the sex workers and the cops in the first half are authentic and brilliant, even the "bhhaiya" language in the second half is spot on!
In terms of acting the film belongs to Manisha Koirala. It is after a long time she has managed to get herself a meaty role. In saying so...it is a slight disappointment all the same since the performance is not award worthy by any means, but compared to her prevoious few efforts in ESCAPE FROM TALIBAN and EK CHHOTI SI LOVE STORY, MARKET is Excellent!! Her facial expressions, dialogue delivery and get-up is EXCELLENT in the first half and she gets right into the skin of her character Muskaan Bano. In the second, half she is weaker, and isnt able to pull of the role of a high class call girl with the same conviction. Also she seems tired and weary for most of the second half as the focus shifts onto Suman and Shweta. She is in top form in the climax, and deserves accolades for her performance. She truly does show the hardships that a prostitute has to face with realism. Just witness the scene where Sayaji Shinde questions her in the police station or the scene where she saves a girl at the start.
Ranganathan also manages to give a great account of herself. Its been
a while she we saw her, and she still looks as stunningly gorgeous as
ever. She looks at ease in the part she plays, and flaunts her
gorgeous body till no end. Her charatcerisation is a bit confusing at
times, since she it seems like she is almost glorifying the life of a
Menon is OK in her role. Bar her death sequence where she is
excellent, she doesn't leave much of a mark, Like Suman, she looks
absolutely droolworthy throughout the entire movie and flaunts her
sexy body with confidence.
Vaid is below average for his debut film. He is hampered by a weak
character who makes not much sense at all. He falls in love with
Muskaan in one second without hardly knowing her and is even willing
to die for her??!!?..Hard to believe...As a model turned actor he
looks good on screen and mouths his lines well. He seems a bit wooden
and stiff in terms of facial and needs to work on that.
supporting cast in the movie are truly MINDLOWING and thats what holds
this enterprise together for the most.
Shinde has played a role like this plenty a times before, and as
Sawant he is just brilliant. He plays a scummy Mumbai cop with
perfection, and his character has been well etched out...He may not be
entirely good..but he aint that bad either. The scene where he
initially interrogates everyone in the cop station is fantastic. Govind
Namdeo as Yashwant Anna is also great. He is a true veteran performer
and gets right into the skin of his character. His dialogue delivery
and get-up is spot on (although he is no Potya Sawant or Bhikhu Mhatre).
Deshpande as Anthony Kaalia is good too. He plays his role with the
right amount of manical energy required, although he does go on the
borderline of overacting sometimes. Rest
of the cast do their jobs accordingly. The actor who plays Arab isnt
as effective as he should have been.
Thomas Xaviers cinematography is good for the most and ditto for Sham Kaushals action. Altaf Rajas music is below the mark.
up MARKET is not everyones cup of tea by all means, those not into
hard hitting, violent and crude films will not enjoy MARKET at
all....those who do enjoy such films will find entertainment value in
MARKET although please do remember that MARKET is by NO MEANS anything
near CHANDNI BAR!!