Hello Ms. Holmes
Film: Bobby Jasoos
Cast: Vidya Balan. Ali Fazal, Supriya Pathak
Directed by: Samar Shaikh
Duration: 2 hrs
Rating: * * 1 / 2
There have been a few women centric films in the last few years and Bobby Jasoos is another addition to that list. The success of some of those films has also prompted film makers to take chances and think out of the box. While the script of this wanna-be Lady Sherlock Holmes has flaws and is contrived at times, it is compensated by the setting, lingo, characters and the leading lady.
Set in older city of Hyderabad, Vidya Balan plays Bilkhi aka Bobby and for her gender, she has an extraordinary profession, she is an amateur sleuth. Her family (Supriya Pathak, Tanve Azmi) are just about okay with it but Papa (Rajendra Gupta) always has a grumpy face.
Bobby is a woman on a mission- come what may, she will do as she pleases and is aiming to become the top detective in Charminar city.
While she takes on the odd assignment, one day, a mysterious man (veteran Kiran Kumar) makes a rather generous offer to search for a girl. Like Holmes, Bobby uses various disguises from a beggar to a astrologer to track the girl and when that task is completed, a new one follows making her suspicious about the identity and intention of her client.
Since romance is a mandatory element in our films, Ali Fazal plays a television anchor who falls for Bobby and their chemistry makes up for the more entertaining parts of the film.
While the ancillary components like the flavor of Hyderabad - the narrow lanes, street side Biryani, the famous monuments of the city like the Charminar and the hustle bustle of the surrounding markets is well captured, the plot per se hits a few road blocks. The element of suspense and intrigue is surely not going to enthuse Holmes, Poirot or Byomkesh Bakshi fans.
While actors like Tanve Azmi, Supriya Pathak and Zarina Wahab lend a lot of credibility, sadly, their roles are limited. Arjan Bajwa’s character is more of a caricature and barring the leading lady, the others look undercooked.