Reliance Entertainment Ltd. and Born Free Entertainment’s Bobby Jasoos is the story of Bilkees alias Bobby Jasoos (Vidya Balan) who yearns to be a detective. Her father (Rajendra Gupta) is totally against her detective dreams and he wants her to get married so that the path for her younger sisters to get married could then open up. For this reason, Bilkees and her father are always at loggerheads.
Doing odd detective jobs, Bobby Jasoos gets her big break when Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar), a mysterious and wealthy man, hires her services to track down one Nilofer. He has no picture for Bobby’s reference and gives her minimum clues but Bobby does the job successfully. Anees Khan pays Bobby handsomely and next asks her to trace Aamna. Again, there is no photograph of Aamna, just a couple of reference points. Once again, Bobby Jasoos uses her detective skills and finds Aamna.
Next, she is asked by Anees Khan to trace Ali. As in the previous two cases, he doesn’t give her any reference picture of Ali but a couple of hints. However, Bobby Jasoos smells a rat because she soon realises that Nilofer and Aamna have gone missing. She now starts investigating into Anees Khan’s credentials. Is he into some criminal activity? What has he done to Nilofer and Aamna? Has Bobby unknowingly helped Anees Khan in his crime?
Bobby Jasoos’ investigations reveal a shocking truth. What is that truth? Is she able to trace Ali? Does she get to know the whereabouts of Nilofer and Aamna?
There’s also a track of Bobby and Tasawur (Ali Fazal), a TV show host, who doesn’t want to marry as yet although his family is in a hurry to see him married. Bobby helps Tasawur by ensuring that all the marriage proposals brought to him by his family are discarded by the family for some reason or the other. By a turn of events, Bobby and Tasawur’s marriage is fixed but are they both ready for it?
Samar Shaikh has written a story which is not very convincing. Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh’s screenplay only underlines the fact that it is one of convenience because the script is unable to answer basic questions which arise in the viewer’s mind. For instance, when Bobby Jasoos corners Anees Khan in the climax and the truth about Anees Khan’s identity is revealed, the question which immediately crops up is, why did Anees Khan not do what he did now, many years ago? There is no plausible answer which the writers offer, probably thinking that the audience won’t question Anees Khan’s action. Even if the writers would have the audience believe that Anees Khan could not have done this earlier, the question which begs an answer is: why not? If he can do what he has done, today, he could’ve done it five, 10 or 15 years ago, too. The reaction of the persons for whom he was doing what he has done would’ve been no different five, 10 or 15 years ago also. Assuming that the writers would have us believe that Anees Khan would’ve been misunderstood then, gives rise to another question: then why is he not misunderstood today? In other words, there is simply no justified reason for Anees Khan’s actions today as against years ago – and if that is so, the audience is left wondering why the whole drama took place in the first place? Again, there is no justification for Anees Khan’s mysterious persona. It creates an element of suspense and becomes the base for Bobby Jasoos to go after him but when the suspense is revealed, it becomes clear to the audience that the suspense was unwarranted.
On the plus side, the Hyderabadi Muslim atmosphere looks supremely authentic. The uneasy relationship between Bobby Jasoos and her strict father is also pretty interesting. Some scenes like the one in which Tasawur is prompted by Bobby to tell his father to call off his marriage with her are interesting. The scene in which Bobby pleads with her angry father to not throw her out of the house is touching and could draw tears from the audience’s eyes.
Although the first half is designed as a light entertainer, a lot of the light scenes don’t really create the mirth they are meant to. Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh’s dialogues are very good and impress the viewer.
Vidya Balan does an extraordinary job of Bobby Jasoos. She is supremely natural and gives her cent per cent to the character. It’s a delight to watch her go through her role with such ease. Ali Fazal is also likeable and natural as ever. He stands his own although he has a secondary role despite being the hero. Kiran Kumar leaves a mark in the role of Anees Khan. Arjan Bajwa gets limited scope as Lala but he makes his presence felt. Rajendra Gupta shines as Bilkees’ father. He makes every scene of his special, with his fine acting. Supriya Pathak is absolutely delightful as Bilkees’ soft-hearted mother. Tanvi Azmi acts with admirable ease and makes the character of Kausar Khaala what it is. Anupriya (as Afreen) and Zarina Wahab (as Afreen’s mother) lend able support. Benaf Dadachanji has her moments as Noor. Aakash Dahiya (as Munna) and Prasad Barve (as Shetty) are very good. Vinay Varma (as Tasawur’s father) leaves a mark. Sangeeta Pamnani (as Tasawur’s mother), Surbhi (as Aamna), Ankita Roy (as Nilofer), Pushpa (as Nilofer’s mother), Ranjana Chilani (as the woman at MQ Stationery) and the others add their bit in small roles.
Samar Shaikh’s direction is fair. His narrative style is unable to sustain the audience’s interest throughout, as the interest level dips at several points. Given a better script, he may be able to do a much better job. Shantanu Moitra’s music is good but the absence of chart-busting songs will definitely tell on the business of the film. The ‘Jashn’ song is the better of the lot. Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics are appropriate to the drama. Brinda’s choreography is more functional than anything else, probably because none of the actors on whom the songs are picturised is a great dancer. Vishal Sinha’s camerawork is good. Tariq Umar Khan’s sets are realistic. Hemal Kothari’s editing is effective.
On the whole, Bobby Jasoos is not half as funny as it should’ve been, and it is also very unbelievable. It is different from the usual masala films alright but that is simply not enough to entertain the audience or to keep the producers and distributors in good spirits. Flop.

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