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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)

Paan Singh Tomar Review

Paan Singh Tomar stillPaan Singh Tomar
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Directed by: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma, Imran Hasnee, Rajendra Gupta

An athlete is driven by higher amounts of inspiration and adrenalin which can only be compared with that of a possessed gun-flashing rebel. The finishing line or the result can only get them to salvation. Paan Singh Tomar (Irrfan Khan) is a no-nonsense disciplined army man who will take even a run around the planet, if ordered by his seniors. He’s seen as a very tough nut to deal with due to his dacoit lineage & Paan’s discerning pride of that, he speaks what he believes in. Paan’s running skills which he’s oblivious of, until they are discovered Major Masand (Vipin Sharma) proove to be a powerful tool to get him off the rolling lists and into the army athletics. 

Tomar travels the world and earns medals, he gets addicted to the finishing line.  The 1965 war is up on the country, and Paan yearns for his call to serve the motherland that he loves; only to be told that the military sportspersons cannot participate in the battle. Back in his village, his cousin is running wild with his seven licensed rifles and berates Paan in front of his brother Matadin (Imran Hasnee) and other villagers. He vandals their fields and brandishes all his metal-covered muscle. Meanwhile Paan, who was kept from serving in the war, wanted to satisfy all his desire. He’s said to be double the age of his co-participants, but still pulls together a win that makes him realize that his time with the games could be over. 

Concerned by all his family disputes, Tomar decides to take up early retirement. Matters get worse, and Paan is subjected to apathy from all quarters he seeks help from. He creates a troupe of men, which includes his god-fearing brother Matadin, Matadin’s son and a few more oppressed youngsters. The fire of vengeance reaches its fulfillment to some extent, but race still isn’t over. It is still a race for him and he strives to reach the finishing line. 

Irrfan Khan breezes through with the local dialect as if he was born into it. Tigmanshu Dhulia ranges the depth of Paan’s character from subtle to vociferous and abusive. Never falling out of line with the story’s needs. The film remains intriguing and evokes a certain amount of empathy at various points. You are provided with English subtitles, since the dialogue dabbles with a lot of local terms. Paan calls himself a Baaghee (rebel) and never a dacoit. This is one biopic you cannot afford to miss out on. 

My Rating: ***1/2 (3.5 out of 5) 

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