Bobby Jasoos is an interesting project because of the people producing the film and the actress headlining the project. Dia Mirza, arguably the prettiest producer of all time turns producer for the second time and gets Vidya Balan on board to act in it. Vidya, the one with the Midas’ touch has been going through a lull of sorts having been a part of two non-performers Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects recently. So a lot depends on Bobby Jasoos for her. Does it remind us of the Vidya Balan films of old? Does it have the same charm? Let’s dissect.
Story: Bobby Jasoos is all about a 30 year old conservatively brought up muslim girl Bilqees Ahmed (Vidya Balan) living with her family in old Hyderabad, who has ambitions of making it on her own as a private detective. So inspite of her father not giving his approval, she goes ahead and does it anyway. Everybody in her family loves her to death and they are a close-knit family. But she is rejected by a private detective company, so she goes the indie way. At first all of her cases involve petty assignments but things take a dramatic and mysterious turn in the second half when she is handed a very difficult and potentially dangerous case by a mystery man.
Bobby Jasoos Movie Review
Screenplay and Direction: Director Samar Shaikh has taken care of the atmospherics in Bobby Jasoos making it a film seeped in realism and identifiable moments. There is a certain warmness in the way Shaikh has written Bobby Jasoos and even though the film enters dramatic territory in the second half, the warmth never goes missing. However, Bobby Jasoos is not without its loopholes. The story and the pace become murky and fail to hold the audience’s attention for some important parts of the film. Having said that, Shaikh has shown promise and given the right support he can make it big as a director in Bollywood.
Bobby Jasoos looks so terrifically real because of the fact that it was mostly shot on location in Hyderabad. The production design gives it an authentic feeling and the costume design is also very good. Bobby Jasoos has been provided a distinctive soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra. The music director leaves his unique mark with his brilliant background score work.
Acting: If there’s a reason Bobby Jasoos works, it is because of the fantastic casting. The casting director deserves credit for choosing the right actors for the roles. Vidya Balan epitomizes Bilqees and practically owns the character like only she can. Vidya is charming, innocent, and when the need arises, she is daunting. The female roles in Bobby Jasoos have been meticulously cast with Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Zarina Wahab all making an appearance. They are all perfect in their roles. Ali Fazal is also good in his role and after Fukrey, this is another good performance by him. Ali Fazal should go on to achieve bigger things if all dominoes fall properly.
Conclusion: Bobby Jasoos is a sweet little film that is full of warmth. It is not perfect, far from it actually but the gutsy acting by Vidya Balan and the other actors carry the film to safety. If you don’t mind watching an intelligent film with zero clichéd trappings then Bobby Jasoos should be your type of film.
Box Office: Bobby Jasoos will take a below average opening at the box office because it lacks true star power, however, it has the potential to recover its budget.
- Heartwarming story without many clichés
- Vidya Balan and the rest of the cast are terrific
- The production design makes the film realistic
- The background score by Shantanu Moitra is unique and leaves a mark
- The lull in the story affects the film
- The final case could have been a little more simple