Friday, July 11, 2014

Bobby Jasoos

We are a die-hard Vidya Balan fan (she is married to a sid...roy kapoor), also this movie by Samar Shaikh celebrates Hyderabad in all its glory (ancient city, dainty customs). Strongly recommended for those who are fan of wholesome family movies.

Balan is at a career zenith and her roles don’t always warrant a high-priced leading man. Like the modern woman, she can do quite well by herself. Her Bilquis, though grounded in traditional values – some overbearing, most of them strictly necessary – is an independent minded, brilliant mix of the brave and the bold, so much like Balan’s on-screen radiance, it’s impossible to not fall for her. 

The screenplay by Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, directed with good eye for subtleness by debutant Samar Shaikh, has Bobby in Moghalpura, Hyderabad, in a family of six – two sisters, a brusque aunt (Tanvi Azmi), a temperate mother (Supriya Pathak), and a tetchy dad (Rajendra Gupta). 

...Bobby is an amateur detective – a fiction-inspired ‘jasoos’, fascinated by the idea of stealth and disguise.

Balan plays dress-up in most of her locality-bound cases. An imam with a hunchbacked posture, a balding, bucktoothed palmist, a ‘quite ordinary’ orderly, a television producer with impossible bosoms, and several low-key burqas help her in nailing down culprits like sons who smoke, adulterous spouses or snooping facts on eligible marriage proposals. 

Until one day, she is hired by Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar), a shady character who wants her to track a girl named Nilofer, with only the age and a birthmark in her hand as a lead....

The songs – there are three, with music by Shantanu Moitra – and the cinematography by Vishal Sinha stay out of the way; they are inconspicuous, but do their job well.
The other show-stealer, apart from Bobby, is the production design and the sensibility of the Hyderabadi lifestyle.

Samar Shaikh, who graduated from Assistant Directing (Dhoom, Badmaa$h Company) and storyboarding (Chakde! India, Dhoom 3), has a gift of keeping things in check without letting cliché step in – and that is a feat by itself.





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