Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob Biswas is a hit amongst the audience, not essentially for its storyline but mostly, because the actors have delivered such tremendous performances that it is difficult to not like the film. A spin-off prequel to 2012 thriller Kahaani‘s iconic character Bob Biswas (originally played by Sawasta Chatterjee) the Zee5 release has garnered critical praise within days of its release. The film is directed by Diya Annapurna Ghosh and produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, with Abhishek Bachchan playing the title role.
The central story of the recently released film is an anti-hero’s origin story. Taking place before the events of Vidya Balan’s Kahaani, the film focuses on Bob Biswas, the commission serial killer who has lost his memory and now, is conflicted about his personality and deeds. The cast also includes both veteran and budding actors: Chitrangada Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Ronith Arora, Tina Desai, Samara Tijori and Ditipriya Roy. The two hours is a memorable one, reminding the audience of other films of the same genre. So if you are someone who enjoyed watching Bob Biswas, here is a list of some diverse crime thrillers you should watch.
Crime Thrillers Similar to Bob Biswas
It is difficult to talk of serial killers and not mention Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s breakthrough performance as Raman Raghav in Raman Raghav 2.0 aka Psycho Raman, which is a character based on a real-life serial killer who was on loose during the 1960s in Mumbai. This neo-noir thriller is directed by Anurag Kashyap and stars actors like Vicky Kaushal and Sobhita Dhulipala. You can check out the trailer for the film below and catch this must-watch film now on Netflix.
Let us talk about a serial killer with a purpose greater than our lives. If you are guessing it is Kevin Spacey’s John Doe, then you are absolutely right! Se7en is a David Fincher classic starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as detectives against serial killer John Doe (played by Spacey) is a treat to your eyes and mind if you are into gore, psychological crime thrillers. The film revolves around the seven deadly sins according to the Bible and a serial killer who might just play God. You can watch the film on Netflix and, the trailer below.
Memoir of a Murderer
A serial killer who can’t remember? Check! Has a daughter he must protect? Check! Sounds a lot like Bob Biswas, right? Well, you would be surprised to know that Won Shin-yun’s Memoir of a Murderer, based on the bestselling fiction by author Kim Young-ha of the same name, gets even better than Bob Biswas! Featuring Sol Kyung-gu and Kim Nam-gil, with Kim Seol-hyun and Oh Dal-su, you can check out the trailer for the film below.
The fact that Bob Biswas is a story and character-based in Kolkata, it would just be unfair to not include one of the most critically acclaimed films that revolve around the “serial killer” trope. Baishey Srabon is a noir psychological crime thriller that is sure to impress you. Even though the plot is loosely based on Fincher’s Se7en (already on the list) and Avnet’s Righteous Kill (another great film to watch), the acting performances by Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen and Abir Chatterjee really makes one of its kind. You can watch the trailer for the film below which is presently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Well, why do school kids make the easiest target for serial killers? We might not have an answer for that, but a trope from Bob Biswas which also reflects in Ratsasan is this. A psychological crime thriller by Ram Kumar, the film has a stellar cast that includes Vishnu Vishal, Amala Paul, Saravanan, Kaali Venkat, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, and Ramdoss. The trailer for the film is present below and it is currently available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Hope you find these recommendations diverse and enjoyable. Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite!
Meanwhile, you can read our review for Bob Biswas (2021), here.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.