January27 , 2022

Bob Biswa Review: Abhishek Bachchan’s Spin-Off Is Disappointingly Pale Figure



Bob Biswas: Abhishek Bachchan within the movie. (courtesy: YouTube)

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Pavitra Rabha, Barun Chanda, Vishwanath Chatterjee

Director: Diya Annapurna Ghosh

Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

A person with a previous he can’t keep in mind. A movie with a previous we can’t neglect. Together, they need to have immediately caught our creativeness. In the primary quarter, they virtually do. And then, a level of monotony units in and engulfs the movie. Neither Bob Biswas the thriller written by Sujoy Ghosh nor Bob Biswas the killer fleshed out by Abhishek Bachchan can maintain a candle to their respective forerunners.

Bob Biswas, a spin-off from the character that Saswata Chatterjee completely nailed in 2012’s unforgettable Kahaani, is a disappointingly pale determine who something however replicates the chilling impact that the unique murderer had on the viewers. With a complete movie dedicated to him and his muddled motives, Bob has an excessive amount of using on him. He typically wilts beneath the burden.

There is little in Bob Biswas (barring the broad dimensions of the character and the neighbourhoods and darkish alleys of Kolkata) that’s consciously designed to recall the principal components that Kahaani was composed of. That is, in a method, serves to forestall the movie from being a mere Kahaani follow-up.

Bob Biswas, streaming on Zee5, has its personal slow-burn rhythm punctuated with bursts of motion. Parts of it are eminently watchable, even intermittently gripping. The finish result’s, nonetheless, considerably underwhelming.

First-time director Diya Annapurna Ghosh delivers a slick and regular movie. Yet, it is not as persuasive and propulsive because the cinematic work that gave beginning to the eponymous character.

The protagonist has no remembrance of issues previous. The viewers, on its half, does have recollections of Sujoy Ghosh’s crackling Vidya Balan-led Kahaani. Comparisons, odious as they is perhaps, are inevitable. We look for a similar type of frisson on this kahaani woven round one of many supporting characters who acquired a life and logic of his personal within the 2012 movie. The expectations stay largely unfulfilled.

That is to not say Bob Biswas has nothing going for it. It is a well-crafted movie all proper. It has its share of hanging moments. The screenplay hinges round a banned drug referred to as Blue, which helps college students tide over their examination blues. Bob is sucked into the world of the peddlers.

Bob returns to ‘regular’ existence after mendacity in coma for eight years. He is unable to recall something that occurred earlier than an accident rendered him hors de fight. He unknowingly wades into the Kolkata underworld and is trapped within the harmful machinations of ruthless drug sellers, corrupt policemen and their violent henchmen.

Inspector Indira Verma (Tina Desai), following the killing of a prison and his accomplices outdoors a seedy bar, is on the path of the assassin. Bob is on her radar.

The man now has a spouse, Mary (Chitrangda Singh), a daughter, Mini (debutante Samara Tijori), and a school-going son, Benny (Ronith Arora). He additionally will get his outdated job as a life insurance coverage agent again though if logic had been to be strictly utilized, he’s imagined to don’t have any recollection in any respect of what the work entails.

The previous chases him and, midway by way of the movie, he begins to recognise components of it. One such flash is expounded to a person he killed in his pre-amnesia section and it results in a reveal so essential that it’s practically akin to a mini-climax sprung too early. Another entails Bob stumbling upon forex notes that he stashed away a few years in the past solely to neglect the place he had saved them.

Like Bob, the teenage Mini, who’s getting ready for her medical entrance take a look at, has a difficulty along with her reminiscence. To alleviate the mounting stress, she retains popping the blue tablets which can be all the craze amongst younger individuals beneath strain to do nicely academically. Bob has little time to commit to take care of household issues though the movie is decided to humanise him. Before he can type out his life – and thoughts – the cops and criminals on his path rope him into their universe. He is totally non-plussed however performs alongside. He asks a cop who is aware of greater than he does: “Maine yeh kaam pehle bhi aap logon ke liye kiya hai (Have I done this sort of work for you before)?”

A mysterious outdated pharmacist Kali Krishna Paul (veteran Bengali movie, tv and theatre actor Paran Bandopadhyay, who does a Saswata Chatterjee right here by upstaging the principal actors) helps Bob ease again into the life that he left behind.

Kali Da, as Bob calls the smooth-talking chemist, supplies him with the implies that he requires so as to do the bidding of his ‘masters’. “Mujhe kuch yaad nahi hai par kaam phir se shuru karna hai (I do not remember anything but I have to resume my work)”, Bob says. Kali Da alludes to the mythological serpent Kaliya, a creature so stuffed with poison that he was doomed to be damaging and it took Lord Krishna to tame him.

Is Bob tameable? He hopes to reside down his previous behind him and lead a secure, uneventful life. But the drug sellers – Ustaad (Kaushik Raj Chakraborty) and Bubaai (Purab Kohli in a particular look) – and two Special Branch policemen – Jishu (Bhanu Uday Goswami) and Kharaj (Vishwanath Chatterjee) – draw him into conditions that see him capturing individuals lifeless with out batting an eyelid.

Bob’s chilly, scientific method to the act of killing is, in fact, rooted in his incapacity to recollect why he’s doing what he’s doing. He merely receives {a photograph} on a flip cellphone handed to him by the 2 policemen, seeks out the individual he’s ordered to kill, and pulls the set off with out betraying any emotion in any respect.

The anti-hero conducts himself like a wound-up automaton unmindful of the grave hazard that he courts each time he steps out with a gun in his bag. The viewers is aware of that he’s exposing himself to grave danger; Bob himself has no clue. Strangely, we really feel no actual rigidity regardless of being conscious of Bob’s vulnerability.

The lack of sustained depth in his relationships – together with his spouse, his son, his daughter, a pastor (Barun Chanda) who’s his ethical information and a roadside noodles store proprietor Dhonu (Pavitra Rabha) who’s beholden to him for the assistance Bob as soon as prolonged to him – prevents us from creating any concrete thought of the turmoil raging in Bob’s thoughts and coronary heart.

The lead actor employs a stony visage, a pair of gawky eyes and an unsteady gait to convey the blurry state of character’s thoughts. All the trouble however, Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob Biswas by no means fairly jumps out of the display.

The director, aided by cinematographer Gairik Sarkar, makes a good fist of harnessing the technical sources at her disposal. But the movie’s floor sheen is unable to paper over the paucity of energy within the pivotal efficiency and the plot. Both appear overly laboured, making Bob Biswas a tame, middling affair.