Zee5’s Bob Biswas is the 2021 film that works as a version of the 2012 thriller Kahaani’s extended universe. Directed by Diya Annapurna Ghosh and produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, the film stars Abhishek Bachchan in the title role. The cast also includes both veteran and budding actors: Chitrangada Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Ronith Arora, Tina Desai, Samara Tijori and Ditipriya Roy. The film has a runtime of 2 hours 11 minutes.
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Bob Biswas: Weak Story, Strong Actors
Bob Biswas is based on the iconic character from Kahaani played by veteran Bengali actor Saswata Chatterjee who made an impact on the audience with a total of eight minutes of screentime. Abhishek Bachchan stars in the same role for a premise that tells the origin story of our serial killer whose one line- Nomoshkar, Ek Minute is still capable of sending shivers down our spines.
The film begins at a stage where we are introduced to two plotlines. One of them revolves around the Blue pill which is a drug used by students for attention deficiency with starking addict effects on the body. Another revolves around our titular character Bob Biswas, who eight years after an accident returns back to his life but, cannot recall or remember his past. Both these storylines converge to form the central premise of the story.
Bob’s return to his said normal life with a wife and two kids seems alien and distant to him as the man tries hard but, fails to remember his life before the accident. However, his haunting past of being a commissioned serial killer follows him to the present. Coaxed into the business again, Bob unknowingly falls into a pattern, like putting together a gun or iconically shooting people on the middle of their forehead. But the old patterns don’t seem to align with the thought process of the new Bob and there is a constant conflict he faces. Meanwhile, the Blue pills business calls for attention from people and again, without wanting to Bob Biswas gets tangled in a mess which ultimately gives him an insufferable tragedy that determines his fate.
The storyline of Bob Biswas looks promising at the start but, half an hour into the film you realize that all the thrill that you would want to experience is amiss. It is not until Tina Desai’s Indira walks into the scene much later in the movie when the premise actually starts to move towards a direction without being all over the place. The dialogues are more corny than funny and, only the emotional lines hit you on spot.
The actors give us a lot to look up to as the scatter storyline continues to roll in front of our eyes. Initially, Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob Biswas looks confused and restraint, almost convincing you at a point that he might not have been the ideal pick for the role. But as the film continues, and everything unfolds you realize how important it was for him to deliver a disconcerted character at first, so he could ultimately step into the shoes of being a cold-blooded killer later on. It was good to see Chitrangada Singh’s Mary actually be a meaningful character rather than a pawn to objectify in the film. In fact, the scenes between Bob and his family make up for the best parts of the film.
The show-stealer, however, is hands down Paran Bandopadhyay as Kali Da, who might not have played a very big role in the film but, was influential enough not only for Bob Biswas’ character but also to provide the funny as well as philosophical side to the story. His interactions with Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob was so natural and genuine that somewhere down the line you (and all the other characters too!) root for Kali Da’s safety and shower him with respect in a film where people keep getting killed.
Bob Biswas: Final Verdict
Bob Biswas truly could have been a better film, if the storytelling was more concrete and focused. Just because a character is going through memory loss does not justify why the plotline should also seem so scattered. Nonetheless, the actors hold it together for long enough and, the audience’s urge to see Abhishek Bachchan prove himself yet again as an actor is what might just keep viewers glued to the screen.
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