Vidya Balan excels as a comic detective in Bobby Jasoos. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
Vidya Balan, in one of her films The Dirty Picture (2011) had a dialogue, “Filmein sirf teen cheezo ke wajah se chalti hai … entertainment, entertainment, entertainment … aur main entertainment hoon.”
In Bobby Jasoos, she does exactly that and so well!
Vidya Balan in the role of Bobby is nothing short of an absolute delight to watch on the silver screen. After two failures she comes back with a bang and proves why she is the acting powerhouse of Bollywood.
Bobby is an ambitious woman wanting to be the ace detective of the town. Dressed up in salwar kameez sans make up, always carrying a backpack, Bobby is actually the hero of the film who runs away from the goons in sports shoes, and has a silent, ‘not on talking terms’ relationship with her dad like normally a son will. Vidya as always, is the life of the film.
Coming from a very simple Muslim family from Hyderabad, Bilkis aka Bobby, the rebellious eldest sibling is mommy’s favourite out of the lot. Abba (father) refuses to talk to Bobby more out of concern and worry for her as she is not normal and like her family.
|A light hearted dramedy of Bobby and her dreams of becoming the ace detective of the town.|
|The film is a melange of great acting performances but Vidya Balan steals the show.|
|Samar Shaikh rarely makes us realise that Bobby Jasoos is his maiden film.|
|Technically strong, visually artistic and beautifully shot by Vishal Sinha. The film is based in a perfect set-up.|
|The songs only come as good fillers and don’t spoil the flow of the movie.|
|The film is a family entertainer, not having dull moments and the brilliant Vidya Balan all the way! Review Scores by Komal Shastri-Khedkar.|
Bobby is weird, witty, ambitious and independent. On the other hand she is 30 years old, single and unruly, thus always giving the stress to her family of ‘Who will ever marry her?’ The age-old tension running in Indian families!
In the gripping, pacy, first half of the film, Bobby keeps herself busy with a detective office, friends who are more like partners in crime and small time assignments like eavesdropping on her friend Afreen, for her mother, to know if she is in a relationship with someone, spying on cheating husbands or smoker sons for worried mothers.
There is also Tasavur, a TV anchor, who hires Bobby to dig up dirt on the marriage proposals he keeps getting because he is too afraid to confront his dad about not wanting to marry anyone from Hyderabad and wanting to get out of the middle class lifestyle.
Though nobody takes Bobby seriously, cracks jokes on her, Bobby, convinced of herself, doesn’t give up on her dreams and ambitions and doesn’t get disheartened with the small time assignments.
Finally the good old ‘Bhagwaan ke ghar mein der hai andher nahi’ takes place and Bobby lands up with a big case when a big guy comes in a big car at her small office with big moolah.
Anees Khan, the mysterious guy asks her to look for three people with distinctive birth marks in return of good cash. No questions asked.
Super-excited with the new opportunity, Bobby takes different avatars of beggar, bangles seller, palm reader etc. to solve her case. Her unique style of solving the cases is very interesting and entertaining and only after solving partial case that Bobby finds her client himself mysterious. Thus begins her quest to solving mystery within a mystery.
Second half of the film is all about Bobby trying to find out the real motive of the iniquitous client and simultaneously trying to break up the soon to be marriage between her and Tasavur arranged by their parents.
Along with Vidya Balan, the film is a melange of brilliant acting performances by Tanvi Azmi, Supriya Pathak, Rajendra Gupta, Kiran Kumar as well as Ali Fazal. Ali has done a great job of synchronizing with the vivid Vidya Balan. Never ever lets he feel that the pairing between the two is an odd one.
Though Bobby Jasoos as expected relies single-handedly on Vidya’s acting, she lives up to the expectations. She has a contagious smile and enthusiasm in the film that one simply cannot ignore.
The director of the film, Samar Shaikh, rarely makes us realise of Bobby Jasoos being his maiden film. The film is kept technically strong with it being visually artistic and beautifully shot by Vishal Sinha and is based in a set-up absolutely appropriate for the story of Bobby. It is also edited crisp and doesn’t give the audience a single dull moment.
The music of the film by Shantanu Moitra and the lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, is lively and goes along the theme. In the two hour plot the songs only come as good fillers and don’t spoil the flow of the movie
Bobby Jasoos is a light hearted comedy and a great family entertainer. Watch it for fun, entertainment and most importantly Vidya Balan!
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