Recently released Bob Biswas was filled with hits and misses. Bob Biswas, a spin-off of the iconic character from “Kahaani” was released on Zee5 on the 3rd of December. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh’s daughter Diya Annapurna Ghosh and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the film traced the inception of the character and explored his motivations behind being a serial killer.
Even though the film somehow finds a way to sustain its audience for 2 hours, the critics and the regular viewers have underlined several areas where it fails to meet the expectations.
The Underwhelming Aspects of Bob Biswas
The story begins when Bob comes to senses from his 8 year-long coma and is in a state where he doesn’t remember a thing about his past life. His wife and two kids come to take him home and he starts his new journey of figuring out things as an insurance agent.
The plot itself is an adequate foundation but the blocks laid on it lack details and execution. As a prequel to the Kahani Universe, the film soft-pedals the aspects that were supposed to tie the two stories together in the first place.
The story takes twists and turns that detached the character of Bob Biswas from the main objective of the film while making the audience lose empathy for him.
The Praiseworthy Aspects of the Film
One thing that nobody can ignore while sitting through the movie, is Bachchan’s impeccable attempt to portray the iconic character. There may be many scopes for improvement, but one can’t deny the sincerity and effort that have been put into giving this character life.
Critics, however, put Shaswata Chatterjee and Abhishek Bachchan into contrast and it is not unfair to say that Shashwata’s ten-minute appearance in the original outshines the spin-off version with quite an ease.
Music and Background Score
Another favourable aspect of the film is its soundtrack. The songs as well as the background score have been praised by critics and fans. There are some offbeat tracks matching the beat of the film by subtly increasing the tension and the mystery of the narrative. Bianca Gomes’ Tu Toh Gaya Re, composed by Vishal-Shekhar comes out to be a perfect composition adding the necessary groove to the feel.
The Final Verdict
Bob Biswas throws the audience into the barren psyche of a man with whom they undertake a journey to figure out “what is and what is not”. The engaging colour pallets of the muddled city of Kolkata presented by the cinematographer Gairik Sarkar feels like one has entered a graphic novel. The confident actors like Chitrangada Singh, Paran Bandyopadhyay add to the enigma of the film. For a fan of the Kahani universe, the film is quite a well-crafted one keeping in mind what follows in the actual Kahani.