Bobby Jasoos Movie Review: This Bobby Has Her Heart In Place
This would perhaps be the only recent film where a leading actress doesn't have any qualms in admitting that her character is 30 year old. She wears very ordinary clothes, bears messed up hair and sports canvas shoes. As for the detective part, she picks up cases with a range as wide as finding the address of someone's beloved to finding a person itself whose address is known.
Bobby Jasoos adopts unconventional methods in her line of business though. Right from operating from a downtrodden internet cafe to stepping into cars with absolute strangers (Kiran Kumar) to not even adopting the basic principle of KYC (Know Your Customer) to caring a damn for a local bhai (Arjan Bajwa) despite him carrying a revolver to being more concerned about falling out rather than into love (Ali Fazal), Vidya jasoos has her own way of living and overall lifestyle.
No wonder, her dad (Rajender Gupta) gives up though her mother (Supriya Pathak) dotes on her and aunt (Tanvi Azmi) has stories to be told from her past. Meanwhile for Vidya, the future is about being the best detective in her mohalla though the immediate present is about figuring out a case handed over to her that starts seemingly sinister with every passing episode.
Frankly, it is this build up that really works for the film. Though Bobby takes a little time to come on track with at least half a dozen disguises being rushed, forced and being simply avoidable, the fun begins by the time she embarks on her second hunt that culminates into a TV audition. It is innovative, fun and well cut that makes the narrative really interesting. Frankly, you do like Vidya disguise too, though it has nothing to do with 10 X level padding done on her entire body to bring on some laughs.
Though one expected a few more laughs in there, thankfully first time director Samar Shaikh makes sure that never once does the drama become forceful. This means that serious moments pass off in a jiffy, emotional tones don't overstay their welcome and the romance (save for an utterly avoidable duet towards the dying moments of the film) is believable and gradually built. In fact while one wouldn't have expected romance to bloom amidst youngsters going missing, it is not just well integrated but also given a sense of dignity, courtesy Ali's mature act. Well in control of himself and never quite off key (except when he dances much more aggressively than what his character suggests), he does better than his silent 'Fukrey' act.
Meanwhile another actor who shows his reliability all over again is Arjan Bajwa. Critical to the film's plot, you want to see more of him, which is a win in itself for him. In that perspective, a horde of close to a dozen odd supporting characters manage to register an impact and that too despite the fact that Vidya is in practically every frame of the film right through the film's running length of two hours!
It is hardly a surprise then that she turns Bobby, so much so that four decades after Dimple's fantasy act as Bobby in Raj Kapoor's tutelage, it is Vidya who brings in realism, albeit with entertainment, as today's Bobby.
Though one does feel that after a good build up, the closing points of the big surprise were well integrated and the climax much more convincing, it is Vidya's act as well as sheer conviction to be doing what she has consented for, which wins this 'case' for her.
Release Date : 04 July 2014
Director : Samar Shaikh
Genre : Action , Drama , Thriller