My Ratings: 2.5/5
Bobby Jasoos can be enjoyed as a film only if you don’t take it too seriously.
Check out Bidya Balan’s effortless acting, get tickled by the innumerable disguises she puts on, have a feel of Hyderabad and its cuisines, some funny moments here and there, a dose of family drama and the predictable romance.
If somehow the film has given the idea that there will be an actual detective drama or some kind of logical mystery/suspense to be solved by Bobby Jasoos, let me burst the bubble for you – there isn’t.
The story line is as simple and uncomplicated as the cases of Bobby Jasoos.
Bilqis aka Bobby (Vidya Balan) aspires to become the best detective in Mughalpura area (old city of Hyderabad). She has a supportive mother (Supriya Pathak), a non-cooperative father (Rajendra Gupta) and no success in her profession.
Then enters the mysterious Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar). He offers Bobby Jasoos loads of money to track down two young girls and a not-so-young boy for him.
Though Bobby Jasoos with her innovative ideas succeeds in finding the girls but soon she becomes suspicious of Anees Khan. Why is he in search of these young souls and more importantly why are these girls missing right after he has found them?
And why does Anees Khan need to carry a gun? (this is one of the many mysteries I am still trying to solve).
Never mind, I feel the ideal target audience for Bobby Jasoos should be the kids (although the film is not marketed keeping them in mind).
The funny title of the film, the cartoonish title track, the protagonist (Vidya Balan) being a caricature of a prototype detective who unnecessarily fiddles with magnifying glasses and binoculars and then the surprisingly sugar-coated climax – undoubtedly it’s made for the little innocent hearts who still believes in happy-happy endings.
Vidya Balan obviously taking the spot light but there are many other good performances in the film. Ali Fazal, Tanvi Azmi, Arjan Bajwa, Prasad Barve, Akash Dahiya, Benaf Dadachanji have all done justice to their characters.
Debutant director Samar Shaikh has tried his best to make a perfect family entertainment. Vishal Sinha did a good job with the camera. But the music (the unnecessary song sequences) doesn’t help the film at all – we expect much better from Shantanu Moitra.
I sincerely hope that the kids enjoy Bobby Jasoos and for the adults – watch your favorite Vidya Balan (that’ your only option).
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTTNn_XEtE