‘BOB BISWAS’ REVIEW | 3 December, 2021

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Red Chillies Entertainment and Boundscript’s Bob Biswas (UA) is a thriller. Bob Biswas (Abhishek Bachchan) has come out of a coma after six years and can’t remember anything from his past. His doctor convinces him that Mary (Chitrangda Singh) is his wife, Benny (Ronith Arora) is his son, and Mini (Samara Tijori) is his daughter. Bob starts trying to lead as normal a life as he can but he is soon approached by some people to commit murders on their behalf, as he used to do in the past. Since Bob doesn’t remember anything about his past and also because his ‘bosses’ don’t leave him with an option as well as because he needs money to sustain his family, he takes up their assignments, killing people one after the other. There’s also a track of a drug called Blue, which is very popular with youngsters. Is there any connection between the drug supply chain and the murders? Police investigations ultimately lead them to Bob Biswas who, meanwhile, has regained part of his lost memory. He is aided by a diary he manages to lay his hands upon. What is Bob’s past? What murders had he committed before he slipped into coma? Does the police nab Bob? What happens to him and his family?

Sujoy Ghosh’s story-line is interesting and even exciting. The screenplay is fairly good but the excitement which an intriguing thriller should offer, is missing. That’s because Ghosh has not been able to play up the intrigue factor enough. Of course, all is not lost because even without that, the drama keeps the audience involved reasonably well as the twists and turns come. For instance, the twist of the murder of Mary’s first husband, David Matthews (Karanuday Jenjani), about the people behind the murders committed by Bob, about Mini Biswas’ attitude, and some more keep the viewers at least interested, if not excited and completely engaged. The last couple of reels (climax) are nice. Dialogues, penned by Sujoy Ghosh and Raj Vasant, are good and natural.

Abhishek Bachchan does a good job in the title role, sinking into the character of Bob Biswas. Chitrangda Singh performs well as Mary. Paran Bandopadhyay is outstanding as Kali Da. Samara Tijori leaves a fantastic mark as Mini Biswas. Bhanu Uday Goswami is lovely in the role of Jishu Narang. Vishwanath Chatterjee delivers an impactful performance as Kharaj. Kaushik Raj Chakraborty is effective as Ustaad. Rajatava Dutta shines as Shekhar Chatterjee. Purab Kohli makes a fine impression in a special appearance as Bubai. Pavbitra Rabha has his moments as Dhonu. Tina Desai is natural as police inspector Indira Verma. Piyush Lalwani impresses as Ishaan. Sharad Joshi is good in the role of Shontu. Kunal Veram (as Rahul), Priyonath Mukhopadhyay (as Govind), Satpal (as Rahul’s bodyguard), Rajdeep Sarkar (as Madan), Bhupesh Singn (as Lalu), Megh Pant (as Tutu), Yusuf Husain (as Dr. Mehta), Shubhroto Roy (as Dr. Dutta), Jayashree Bose (as the beggar), Ditipriya Roy (as Tina), Barun Chanda (as Father Rufus), Kanchan Mullick (as the singer-neighbour of the Biswas family) and the rest lend able support.

Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s direction is fair. While she has extracted good work from out of the actors, she seems to have sacrificed the intrigue value of the plot. The narration, therefore, does not involve the viewers half as much as it should have. Music (Vishal-Shekhar and Anupam Roy) is so-so. Lyrics (Vishal Dadlani and Siddhant Kaushal) are functional. Background music (by Clinton Cerejo and Bianca Gomes) is appropriate. Gairik Sarkar’s camerawork is very nice. Sham Kaushal does a lovely job of the action and stunts, making them look thrilling as well as realistic. Yasha Jaidev Ramchandani’s editing is sharp.

On the whole, Bob Biswas remains an average fare because it does not involve the viewers as much as is should.

Released on 3-12-’21 on Zee5.