Movie Review: Bobby Jasoos (2014)

Box Office: Flop

Bobby [Vidya Balan] hails from a modest neighbourhood of Hyderabad. Her parents [Rajendra Gupta, Supriya Pathak] are keen she gets married, but Bobby is keen to chase her dreams of becoming a detective. She offers to work for a leading detective agency, but when things don’t work out, she starts her own detective agency — Bobby Jasoos P. Ltd.

Slowly but surely, the cases start coming in, but the cases are trivial and don’t interest her. The story takes a turn when Anees Khan [Kiran Kumar] offers Bobby to trace some missing people. Glad that she has made a beginning, Bobby grabs the offer instantly, but as she starts the investigations, she realizes something is amiss…

Unlike the protagonists of MR JOE B. CARVALHO and SAMRAT & CO., who ended up looking like a parody of Sherlock Holmes, first-time director Samar Shaikh and writer Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh ensure they instill anxiety, the feeling of uneasiness and make the spectator impatient as the drama unfolds. Concurrently, the element of mystery is wonderfully intertwined in the narrative, which draws the audience into the world of Bobby and the case she decides to take up. The twists and turns that ensue — when Bobby realizes that this case is not as plain sailing as it appears to be — involve the spectators completely, also because the writer and director make sure the film doesn’t follow the stereotypical formula.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “The director creates a charming world that you are reluctant to get out of, even when the film is over.”
3.5 “Bobby Jasoos arrives as a rare clean, fun, mainstream entertainer that an entire family could watch together. “
3.5 “You can find flaws in Bobby Jasoos, but you won’t hold them against the film. That’s a guarantee.”
One India
3.5 “Vidya does it again!”
3.5 ” The film marks the confident debut of its lead pair and director.”
3.0 “Bobby Jasoos makes a half decent attempt to attain the wholesome pace and the gritty thrill of Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani.”
3.0 “‘Bobby Jasoos’ has a weak script, but Vidya Balan saves the day!”
DNA India
3.0 “It has Vidya Balan in fine fettle, and that should be reason enough for you to go out and watch the film. “
3.0 “Vidya Balan shines as a detective”
India Tv News
3.0 “Delight To Watch Sans Much Expectation.”
One India: Suparno
3.0 “P.S: Do watch it for Vidya Balan`s acting prowess!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Bobby might prove to be a good jasoos, but Bobby Jasoos has no clue about where it is going.”
2.5 “Vidya Balan is all over the movie.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “BOBBY JASOOS has an interesting premise, but the writing plays the spoilsport.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “Bobby Jasoos is just about watchable.”
2.0 “Watch Bobby Jasoos, if you must, for Vidya’s performance and the chemistry she shares with Ali..”
2.0 “It is only in the second half that the Vidya of old surfaces. The script lets her down; terribly.”
2.0 “An average combination of fun and mystery”
Deccan Chronicles

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