Why does Sneha May Francis think "Few-films-old" Ali Faizal is not supposed to be overshadowed by a National Award winning actress?
Yeah, considering I had Ali Fazal pegged as the male equivalent of a Kajal Aggarwal character without watching the promos that closely...she has an odd way of putting it. And please, even if someone is COMPLETELY ignorant of the first 5 billion detective stories that have female sleuths, and due to this gap in their education has to namecheck The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency to show their detective fiction cred, they should at least refer to the heroines they are comparing as "traditionally built," in Alexander McCall Smith's witty phrase, not "chubby."
I found Bobby Jasoos disappointing. Vidya Balan of course gives as good a performance as possible, and Hyderabad makes for an interesting setting, but they are both let down by incoherent and implausible story telling. Bobby and her family have no back story, characters are thrown in without a proper introduction, Bobby's detective methods are too unbelievable, she takes far too long to suspect anything might be suspicious in the cases she's given, and the resolutions of the mystery and other threads are too hurried. The trailer and publicity made much of the many disguises, but this promising device is mainly thrown away in a few brief scenes near the start.
There are some things to like: Vidya Balan is always watchable, and one small section of the film is a paean to biryani that left my mouth watering. It's also good to see a film set in the Muslim community where they are just ordinary people and not terrorists or rioters. But overall a let down.
By the way - Ali Fazal is about the male equivalent of a Kajal Aggarwal character, but he looks more like Shreyas Talpade.
Thank you both for reporting back-it's a shame that they overdid the airhead thing. There's room for stories about kooky women who are smarter than they look (I thought the first Legally Blonde movie did a good job of this) but alot of filmmakers find it too easy to skip over the "smarter than they look" part.
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Thank you both for reporting back-it's a shame that they overdid the airhead thing. There's room for stories about kooky women who are smarter than they look (I thought the first Legally Blonde movie did a good job of this) but a lot of filmmakers find it too easy to skip over the "smarter than they look" part.
Yes - the scriptwriters were certainly too airheaded. They were just not smart enough to create a convincing character.
I have rarely watched a film feeling so indifferent to the goings-on. Bobby Jasoos was all the more disappointing since Vidya Balan is someone I anticipate watching with great expectation. Not that it's her fault here. The whole thing was a mish-mash of poor storytelling, random characters and contrived humour. I happily drooled over that kohl-eyed boyfriend of Vidya's youngest sibling ...ummmm! Ali Fazal stood up well to Vidya's overwhelming presence, good for him. The resemblance to Shreyas Talpade is pretty disconcerting. This would have been a much better film with smarter minds behind it.
As for me, I enjoyed most of it (fastforwarded some angsty bits and some social embarrassment for the heroine) and thought it cute. Bobby seemed to me to be one of those people who are clever (to a degree) and impulsive but not wise-a tactical thinker, not a strategic one, and for that reason I guess I was more tolerant of her misjudgments. I felt like she probably sensed there was something off about her Pran-lookalike client but was too dazzled-by the challenge, by the money, by the need to prove herself to her father-to stop and think about the consequences. I had more trouble keeping the family members (and her friend Afreem's family) straight than her "Baker Street Irregulars". I don't know how realistic it would be in that milieu for two or three marginally employed youths to hang around a 30-yr-old woman helping her do detective stuff, but I guess it brings a note of excitement into their lives.
The detective stuff felt like a parody of film noir and hard-boiled detective stories, where the hero's trying to unravel a mess of interlocking misdeeds by other people, rather than a tight little drawing room murder mystery of the Agatha Christie, so I didn't mind that aspect of it. My apologies to the Emirates24x7 reviewer Sneha May Francis; I can see where the "cases big and small come flowing through" aspects of the plot perhaps look kind of the Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency stories. I was also amused by the elements of the plot that were apparently inspired by someone asking themselves what a Manmohan Desai movie plot would look like to a detective (inside the movie world) who was asked to investigate it.
I've seen a little of Vidya over my years in Bollyfandom; I like her being playful and merry, like in this movie, much better than in her serious award-baiting roles. (She's not bad in the latter, just not my thing). That intense puppy dog stare of hers leaves you in no confusion about how her mother, sister and male acquaintances all get steamrolled. Supporting cast, except for her sister and parents (who were pretty good), struck me as kind of weak. Ali Fazal did fine as Mr. Kajal Aggarwal, and had good comic timing, but I found his face off-putting the longer I looked at it, and he seemed kind of boring. His faux-Shreyas Talpade vibe was just part of a sense that alot of the supporting actors were weak stand-ins for the people that producer Dia Mirza would have cast if she'd had the money (and possibly a time machine.) The client was kind of a Pran knockoff, Lala was kind of a Ram Cheran Teja knockoff, Lala's girlfriend was kind of an Asin knockoff. The internet cafe guy was like a low-rent version of the standard Tollywood comic sidekick types, although unlike them, he didn't get enough screentime to become annoying. Agreed that the songs are nothing terribly special (although pleasant and better than alot of stuff from 2014); but to me the picturizations were cute enough to make up for it. The visuals in general were pretty without being too flashy.
It's not any kind of towering classic, instead it's one of those self-indulgent star vehicles where you get the feeling that the star rather wishes they were the kind of person they are portraying. But since all the guys in Bollywood have made those films at one time or another, I don't see anything wrong with Vidya doing it too. I'm not sure I could talk my friends into giving it a whirl, but I'm keeping it for now.
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