121 Min | Action – Comedy – Drama | July 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: Samar Shaikh
Starring: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Mahima A
Bobby Jasoos Review: Sure, there are some absorbing moments and you do hope to get a shocker when the veil of suspense is finally lifted Sadly, what transpires makes you wonder, what was the chase all about? Furthermore, the film lacks the thrill quotient, which is so essential in a film like this. On the whole, BOBBY JASOOS has an interesting premise, but the writing plays the spoilsport. The saving grace and also the USP is Vidya Balan for sure, but is that enough to salvage the film? It is an end for the sake of an end, not because the story demands it to be so, and even though it is present, it does not serve its purpose. Bad songs, bad subplots, shabby direction make Bobby Jasoos a very, very confused film that is slightly better than a bearable watch only because of the strong heroine and the talented cast. Bobby might prove to be a good Jase’s, but Bobby Jasoos has no clue about where it is going.
Equally importantly, Bobby Jasoos isn’t the sort of flick that is willing to stoop to any level simply to inveigle average consumers of Bollywood kitsch. A two-hour caper film that thrives on restraint, Bobby Jasoos takes a serious turn in the second half but retains its warmth all the way through. It is consistently charming, if not particularly exhilarating, and benefits immensely from Balan’s energetic performance. There are many fine things about Bobby Jasoos. A terrific lead performance, a great supporting cast, surprising attention to detail and Hyderabad in full glory. But the outright winner is its writing, the quality of which is not often seen in Bollywood today. There are few things to complain about with Bobby Jasoos. It’s a delightful caper with a lot of heart, and you root for both the film and it’s protagonist all the way till the end. ? The idea of Bobby Jasoos is good but the execution is not!
The script is full of loopholes and is very predictable. Just when you feel the film is getting too long, there is a love song which is unnecessary. Music by Shantanu Moitra is strictly average. Bobby Jasoos could have been a winner but it lost track somewhere in between. The movie, which begins on a promising but languid note as a thriller set in a vibrant metropolis such as Hyderabad, morphs into a reluctant love story. Bobby gets side-tracked and the climax scenes, which should ideally be a crackling clincher to the mystery, come across as an afterthought. The suspense to the drama was so lame that we felt bad for the feisty Bobby and Balan, both deserved a riveting, gripping ending.