Review: Bobby Jasoos


Living in a middle class orthodox family of Old Hyderabad, Bilqis Ahmed aka Bobby (Vidya Balan) is a wannabe private detective. To pursue her passion of spying Bobby solves petty neighbourhood cases, such as helping Tasawur (Ali Fazal) a TV show host, to get rid of marriage proposals brought home by his parents.

Bobby finally gets her big break when a rich NRI Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) hands her a case of finding two missing girl named ‘Nilofer’ and ‘Amna’ with a birth mark on their hand and shoulder respectively. To solve the case Bobby takes up many getups such as ‘beggar’, ‘peon’, ‘hawker’, ‘nerd student’, ‘astrologer’ and even a fake ‘ TV producer’. After locating the targets, Khan pays her a tremendous fees and also offers huge amount to both girl’s fathers for reason unknown to Bobby. Khan also hands over his 3rd and final case of finding a boy with a missing toe named ‘Ali’.

Vidya Balan is sincere as the robust Bobby, adopting her Hyderabadi style as genuinely as a Bollywood actor would’ve possibly attempted. You can sense she has had a blast being Bobby. Unfortunately, a lazy edit and a plot that’s not high on logic or thrills leaves her without much to do.

But it is Ali Fazal who shines as Tasawur, a handsome television presenter whom Bobby constantly chides for not standing up to his father.

Debutant director Samar Shaikh has come out with a decent film but he can’t seem to figure out how to handle the many subplots of his film, letting them fight for control and the editing does nothing to help. Shaikh seems more focused on the visual aspects of the film, and the cinematographer indeed captures Hyderabad’s essence beautifully.

The film is all about Bobby and her being a jasoos, and Balan is superb. Its a decent movie to be enjoyed with family.