Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Kiran Kumar, Arjan Bajwa, Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi
Director: Samar Shaikh
I had seen a few promos of Bobby Jasoos and was keen to watch the film. Vidya Balan had done a couple of flops recently, but even that didn’t deter me. So Venkat, Vinny and I landed up at Cinemax Sion for the late night show on the first day of the film’s release last Friday. Am I glad we saw the film!
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Bilkis aka Bobby (Vidya Balan) is almost thirty and lives with her large family in the Charminar area of Hyderabad. Her father refuses to talk to her as she does not take any family responsibility like a well brought up woman but insists on becoming a detective. Unable to land a job with a private detective agency, Bobby decides to start her own firm. To begin with she gets small cases such as one with TV anchor Tasawur (Ali Fazal). Tasavur is not keen to get married but is unable to tell his father directly. He hires Bobby to break the many alliances that come for him.
When she refuses to help him the next time, he gets his parents to ask for her hand in marriage, hoping that she will refuse it. But things don’t turn out the way he plans. In the meanwhile, Bobby lands up with a big job that brings her huge incomes, all through Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar). But soon, she realises that she might be on the wrong side of law. Watch the film to find out how Bobby handles this situation while trying to get out of the unwanted wedding that’s been fixed for her with Tasawur.
Vidya Balan was born for acting and her eyes speak a million words. She’s simply amazing as Bobby Jasoos and the different guises she wears suit her perfectly. It’s a pleasure to watch her character’s determination to become a private detective despite her father’s disapproval. It’s definitely not easy growing up in a lower middle class community that is so old fashioned; being a woman and wanting to have a career. But her mother (Surpriya Pathak) is a great support.
Vidya looks especially lovely in the first half of the film as she looks fit. The second half has been shot after she's put on quite a bit of weight. The contrast is rather obvious.
Ali Fazal has a smaller role compared to Vidya Balan. But he has done his part to perfection and can definitely act. The scene where Bobby tries to fix an electronic device on him has been excellently portrayed. With barely half a dozen films to his name (3 Idiots is one of them), he appears equal to veteran Vidya Balan. Impressed!
The rest of the cast fitted quite well in their roles and added to the movie’s flavour. All in all, the film is a few minutes over 2 hours and completely entertaining.
VERDICT: Definitely worth a watch