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Bobby Jasoos

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Bobby Jasoos
Release date: July 4, 2014
Directed by: Samar Shaikh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Prasad Barve, Aakash Dahiya, Supriya Pathak, Tanve Azmi, Benaf Dadachandji, Rajendra Gupta, Zarina Wahab, Arjan Bajwa, Anupriya Goenka, Kiran Kumar

If I push you right into the plot of the film without giving you a proper introduction to the basic story, you would feel that my review is jerky. That is just one of the only few problems with Bobby Jasoos. The wobbly start and an immediate change of course towards the last act of the film are perhaps the only major hiccups in this fun and innovative caper.

Bilkis Ahmed a.k.a. Bobby is a self-trained private detective with no professional connections, she takes up cases for her friends, and other near ones. In disguise, she can fool even her family into thinking that she isn’t the one they’re asking to read their palm, under a tree, right in the middle of a bustling street. Running her office with  Shetty (Prasad Barve) who runs his Cyber Cafe, their chemistry is slowly established. Shetty is an unsaid Salman Khan fan, he shows his fandom by never claiming it openly by wearing overly fitting t-shirts and a turquoise bracelet.

Assisting her are Munna (Aakash Dahiya) and even her family women, comprising of her mother played by Supriya Pathak, her aunt Kausar Khala (Tanve Azmi) and her sister Noor (Benaf Dadachandji) even though her father (Rajendra Gupta) is opposed  to the concept of his daughter pacing around the bylanes of Old Hyderabad, chasing random strangers and prying on their lives. A lucrative offer from Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) starts adding the stars and honors to Bobby’s credentials, but as she progresses she realizes it isn’t just a spy job.

The detailing in Bobby’s appearance is precious to look at, she carries a handy pack of Parle-G biscuits and a bottle of water handy in her backpack. She pretends to be busy when an able competitor shows up to check out her office. Even her friends, be it Shetty or Tasawwur (Ali Fazal) who seeks her help to reject prospective brides, have their own likeability factor going for them. Ali Fazal grows as a performer and suits the part perfectly. The ensemble of Gupta, Pathak, Azmi, Dadachandji and Kiran Kumar assist in keeping even the bit players entertaining.

The strength of Bobby Jasoos lies in its writing and acting, up until the final resolution to the film’s major conflicts. The unveiling of the climactic suspense is disappointing, not as much as a heavy underhanded attempt at keeping the film feel-goody. The way the makers decide to pull it through, leaving behind some vital hints behind, the jigsaw pieces don’t fit into the puzzle perfectly. Coupled with a completely unnecessary song-and-dance dream sequence number, the poor music and background score don’t help their case either.

Again, Vidya Balan is the quintessential ‘hero’ of the film here, and the director chooses to treat her struggles at the family front with as much justice as her professional dilemmas. It’s a simple scene at the end, it is touching, but as a viewer, I didn’t feel particularly moved by its purpose and the lines said by the two involved characters here. Surely the moments of Bobby’s professional growth and the inkling of a love life were the most enjoyable portions for me.

Bobby Jasoos with its rich template of cinematography and colorful moments is a good film with its flaws. Not many makers dare to venture with a story as unconventional as this at its core.

My rating: *** (3 out of 5)

Fukrey

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Fukrey
Release date: June 14, 2013
Directed by: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadda

A bunch of cash-crunched guys set out to make big on their vain plans is Fukrey summed up in a line. Though it isn’t this plot that entirely holds the film.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Choocha (Varun Sharma) bunk school and have knack for winning lotteries. They dream of breaking into Bishop College, after failing the final year three times in a row. The college’s guard-cum-peon Pandit (Pankaj Tripathi) offers them the final examination question papers for a steep price. Laali (Manjot Singh) is Billa Halwaai’s son who also wants to get into the same college, needs money to grease the palms and magnanimous hands of the administration.

Zafar (Ali Fazal) is a struggling musician in dire need of means to get his father treated at a respectable medical center. All of their vices and needs lead them to Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) whose character is strongly inspired by the Delhi sex-racket queen Sonu Punjaban. The stakes are raised and they have a few risks to take.

The pace of the film is very indulgent to be a tightly-packed out-and-out entertainer. The laughs are generous and cunningly scattered all over the narrative. Fukrey is hilarious through thick and thin and K.U. Mohanan’s stellar photography gives Delhi a different feel. The strength lies in the individual characters and their characterization.

The unpretentious representation of Delhi is accentuated by their performances. Be it the small love story between Neetu (Vishakha Singh) and Hunny, Laali’s prayers at the Gurudwara, whatever tales Choocha rakes up, Bholi’s powerful influx or Panditji’s slight English. There’s subtlety in humor and in the depiction of the plot’s conflicts too.

The issue here is that there’s too much crammed up to keep it taut. Spared for a dance number, you can bear up with the length otherwise. The climax is prolonged and a bit off as an extension of what  preceded it upto that point. Again, the individual characters’ depth and their performances are extremely appraise-worthy. All of the cast is near perfect.

Fukrey may not be an enlightening revelation, but it’s a delightful addition to the slice-of-life-boys-version category.

My rating: *** (3 stars out of 5)

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