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Bobby Jasoos: Mediocre work of induction; Vidya Balan shines
'Bobby Jasoos' is a comedy-suspense-drama that centers around Bilkis 'Bobby' Ahmed (Vidya Balan), a late-20-something girl of a lower-middle class family who aspires to be a professional private detective.

She faces several personal and professional hurdles in her endeavour, and thus, continues to fight her way through with the help of her friends- an Internet cafe owner, a coffee house waiter and a TV crime-reporter (Ali Fazal).

Bobby strike something big when a mystic middle-aged wealthy NRI (Kiran Kumar) turns up on her doorstep to figure the whereabouts of some individuals with just their names and physical identities, whom she does discover from nothing after much articulate labour and earns fat pay checks in return.

However, Bobby senses something sinister all over. Would she be able to discover the truth about the man and his investigations? As one could spot, the film is pretty much straight and has very minimal level of plot-suspense to present. Its an age-old remedy that is given a new avatar and a new packaging.

Pluses:

Balan is the backbone of the film, as simple as that. She has a tom-boyish charm and anger in her persona therefore, she plays through different disguises ably and effortlessly. Fazl is highly effective as the patro-phobic young man who is trying to shy away from all marriage proposals coming his way and strikes a friendship with Bobby as she is doing her job to find faults in his proposals. Other castings are good, too, however no one gets enough screen-time to be more than meagre supporting-characters with the exception of Kiran Kumar.

Make-up and Costume Design play a significant role throughout and give a film a stage-performance kind of touch at places. Also, the film's duration is less - a little more than 2 hours ? i.e. before the film could actually become boring for some.

Minuses:

There is definite lack of screenplay-work and which is the reason that there is no certain sequencing or flow of events in the film. This is the reason that in the first-half viewers don't enjoy it as much because they were always trying to find something to hold on to. Being Dia Mirza's debut production, there were not much expectations either.

Although the direction (Samar Shaikh) did try hard but failed to hold the film compactly. The music(Shantanu Moitra) is unfortunately totally forgettable and the song sequences are not at all worth watching ? with the exception of "Tu".

Verdict:

Bobby Jasoos is an average-level film and offers nothing extraordinary. Still it's full of simple-ordinary stuff which makes it a light watch. Likeable because of Balan, and any of her ardent admirer would rather find it much enjoyable than others. Watch if you really must - a 6/10.

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