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Bobby Jasoos: Bobbly Jasoos

Sudhir Raikar | Mumbai |

Three cheers for the dynamic duo of Vidya Balan and Diya Mirza who have dared to defy the brazen diktats of a male dominated industry unlike many big banner stakeholders who unfailingly and unabashedly churn out nauseating versions of the Hero-centric archetype in the name of creativity.

Bobby Jasoos breaks free of most muddled notions of mainstream cinema in this sincere attempt at architecting some clean and sumptuous entertainment. Aiming to strike a judicious blend between Vidya Balan’s star status and her acting prowess, this film had all the ingredients of what essentially makes a film enduring.

Sadly the makers have spared little thought for the story in the clarion call for inventive cinema. As a result, Bobby Jasoos is reduced to a celebration of a cause than cause for celebration.

As the name suggests, the protagonist is a detective born and brought up in the bustling by-lanes of Hyderabad. But save for her comic penchant for disguises, there’s nothing much to suggest her flair in the chosen profession. As a result, her exploits become as laughable as the CID episodes on TV that apparently serve as her sole inspiration.

She wins the unlikely support of two street sidekicks and an unbelievably magnanimous customer who regularly showers her with plum assignments hefty fees (conveyance paid separately) despite her umpteen blunders. The film offers no explanation why a seemingly shady operator with commensurate clout should trust a novice sleuth in the first place. There are several questions that the director has left unanswered for he was apparently busy with quandaries of his own: whether to make the film a slap stick, a romantic comedy or a family drama.

In the end, he serves us a hotchpotch Hyderabad Biryani that doesn’t do justice to the string of pluses that served as his ammunition – Vishal Sinha’s highly perceptive cinematography, Vidya’s Balan’s potential and a wonderful support cast - veterans like Rajendra Gupta and Tanvi Azmi as also promising artistes from the current crop like Ali Fazal and Aakash Dahiya. Clearly, the crew deserved a more convincing script besides a deft director. Better luck to producer Diya Mirza for her next venture.


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