Movie Review: Bobby Jasoos
Does Vidya Balan's mystery movie hit the mark? Over to City 1016's Lokesh Dharmani
Starring: Vidya Balan and Ali Fazal
Director: Samar Shaikh
Rating: 2.5 stars
Bobby Jasoos is a film that has got the reader Lokesh in conversation with the reviewer Lokesh. Hope by the end of it you can make up your mind on whether or not you want to spend those precious Dhs35 on this Vidya Balan starrer.
Reader Me: So tell me the story of the film without giving away much.
Reviewer Me: It’s the story of a girl (calling Vidya Balan a girl is umm…just wrong) called Bilkis, lovingly called Bobby, who wants to be a detective against her father’s wishes.
Reader Me: Like Taare Zameen Par at 30?
Reviewer Me: Like totally! In the first half, she plays Uncle Scrooge whose eyes brighten up with dollar signs as she is offered big money by Aneez Khan (Kiran-menacing-Kumar) for a rather strange case that she realizes is pretty shady only by the interval of the film.
Reader Me: Seems like a decent plot.
Reviewer Me: ‘Seems’ being the keyword there. The way Bobby deals with the case is a bit strange and immature. Since it’s a fun film, one doesn’t want to intellectually analyze it, but there are just too many disguises, too many costume changes, without much effect or reason.
Reader Me: Does it get better in the second half?
Reviewer Me: Sigh. Far from. The second half spends too much time on Bobby’s family; a loving mother, a grimacing father, a matchmaking khala, and the entire family scouting the city for the best biryani for Bobby’s wedding. And I am like, MOOOOOVEEE OON! Then there is the love affair between Bobby and TV presenter Tasawur (Ali-half-Vidya’s-age-Fazal). Okay, so I am not ageist but to see Ali Fazal romance Vidya Balan on screen is like romancing your buaji or masiji. It looks very odd and almost incestuous.
Reader Me: So what happens to the shady case by Aneez Khan?
Reviewer Me: Arre, that can wait. It’s a Hindi film after all. We need to insert a few songs in between and a couple of scenes that don’t add much to the course of the film.
Reader Me: Like?
Reviewer Me: Like when Bobby attaches a mic, earphones and an electric shocker to her fiancé Tasawur. This so that she can instruct him to confess to his father that he can’t marry her. Ironically, he realizes how much he loves her during the whole process and eventually proposes to her because he has already sung a dream sequence with the detective damsel.
Reader Me: Dude, you have forgotten the shady case.
Reviewer Me: Not me, but the filmmakers did. The viewer is not given any details about the shady case and that is FRUSTRATING. There are a few things that happen in the background but don’t lead to anything earth-shattering. All this while you are patiently watching and hoping for a corker of a climax. Alas, it goes all phuss in the end.
Reader Me: There must be something good in the film?
Reviewer Me: Performances! Vidya Balan is a natural. From the sultry Silk Smitha-type in Dirty Picture to scouting the City of Joy in Kahaani to playing the loud Punjabi wife in Ghanchakkar, she easily slips into her character in Bobby Jasoos too and endearingly mouths her dialogues in a cute Hyderabadi accent. But she needs to stop acting kinky. The Silk Smitha act is over and done with. Even in a simple and cute film like Bobby Jasoos, they have inserted a scene that’s unnecessarily suggestive and doesn’t evoke any laughs.
Reader Me: And Ali Fazal?
Reviewer Me: He shows promise. He is endearing and extremely comfortable in front of the camera, though slightly awkward while dancing. Even the supporting cast has done a good job. Tanvi Azmi and Supriya Pathak look the parts and play them convincingly. Then there is also an Arjun Bajwa who gives tough looks throughout the film.
Reader Me: So overall?
Reviewer Me: Director Samar Shaikh - who has created beautiful story boards for films like Chak De India, Fanaa, Bunty Aur Babli and Dhoom - brings the city of pearls on screen effectively; alas, in a film that doesn’t have a strong story and ends with a bummer of a climax! Sorry Dia Mirza, your production venture despite having a Vidya-awesome-Balan doesn’t cut much ice.
Reader Me: Hmmmm…I will wait for a DVD watch and spend the Dhs35 on an iftar.
Reviewer Me: Invite me too!
INFO: BOBBY JASOOS IS PLAYING AT CINEMAS INCLUDING GRAND CINEMAS IN DUBAI (WAFI, FESTIVAL CITY, IBN BATTUTA MALL AND AL GHURAIR CENTRE), ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI MALL), SHARJAH (MEGAMALL AND SAHARA CENTRE), AL AIN (ROTANA) AND RAS AL KHAIMAH (MANAR MALL) www.grandcinemas.com; VOX CINEMAS IN DUBAI (MIRDIF CITY CENTRE, DEIRA CITY CENTRE, MALL OF THE EMIRATES, MERCATO MALL), AJMAN (AJMAN CITY CENTRE), FUJAIRAH (FUJAIRAH CITY CENTRE) AND RAS AL KHAIMAH (AL HAMRA MALL), www.voxcinemas.com.