Claps for: Its simplicity and acting.
Slaps for: Nothing really great about the movie, especially the song placements.
Popcorn refill: A couple, to skip the mandatory song and dance routine!
The Story: The movie is straight to the point. Vidya Balan is Bobby Jasoos who yearns to become the best detective in Hyderabad. She is unsuccessful in joining a professional detective agency and has to make do with petty cases. Praying for her one big breakthrough, she seemed to have finally landed when a rich and mysterious elderly man named Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) hands her a wad of cash asking her help to find some people. There are also various side angles involving Lala (Arjan Bajwa) and Afreen (Anupriya Goenka), along with Bobby's strained relationship with her father (Rajendra Gupta); not to forget her 'friendship' with a TV show anchor named Tasavur (Ali Fazal). Bobby gets suspicious about Anees' intentions and attempts to uncover the truth behind his intentions.
Performances: Vidya Balan, as usual, is in top form and the movie revolves around her. She carries the movie on her shoulders and does a commendable job as we have come to expect now from her. It is difficult to think of another actress in the industry who could pull off the roles she does. The supporting cast does well with talented actors like Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi and Rajendra Gupta in tow. Arjan Bajwa is decent enough but doesn't get enough screen time. Ali Fazal gives an earnest performance and looks promising, though he does look funny while doing the dance steps!
Direction: Director Samar Shaikh tries bring to life the story of a simple girl who just wants to become the best detective in the city. He is successful in capturing the Hyderabadi lingo to perfection bringing an authenticity and distinct feel to it unlike the usual Hindi fare. The simplicity is captured quite well and the movie is easy on your senses and is in no way mind-bending. The length of the movie is good at just above 2 hours, but the ending still feels a bit stretched. On the flipside, the movie never really manages to raise the bar and there is nothing great about it.
Music: Nothing to rave home about. There are four songs out of which one pops up in the beginning and another at the end credits. The other two songs, one in each half, seem to be placed for the heck of it and simply break the momentum of the movie. The choreography too could have been better.
Combo-on-Offer: Vidya Balan does well and shows her impressive range of acting skills. The supporting cast is decent enough too. The problem is, there is nothing noteworthy about this movie and remains an average to above average film. There are also certain scenes which baffle you when Bobby chases down a hefty, rough looking guy and tortures him for information! Watching the movie won't do you a world of good, but it certainly won't do you any harm either! Bollywood is surely going high on girl power these days.
Verdict: It is a two-hour 'timepass' film and you may want to watch it for its light subject. A simple, honest film which gets Claps, but only just.
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