BOB Biswas, the much-awaited spin-off of the 2012 film Kahaani, had generated quite a bit of hype and buzz. Abhishek Bachchan’s hard work on his physique, makes him look convincing as a confused, forgetful man, but much to our disappointment, the movie fails miserably with a flawed screenplay and countless unanswered questions.
The film begins with Bob waking up from an eight-year coma without any memory. But the, reasons for this are never revealed in the movie. He is informed about his wife played by Chitrangada Singh and two kids and his life as a life insurance salesman. Bob tries getting back to his normal life, but his ex-secret employers try to pull him back to contract-killing work.
The problem? Bob has discovered a conscience and starts worrying if his target is a good or a bad person.
Bob Biswas starts with plenty of promise, but as the movie progresses, the screenplay and the narrative of the script fail to deliver a decent plot for Bob’s character to shine. He looks confused and isn’t as cold-blooded or eerie as the OG Saswata Chatterjee’s Bob Biswas.
A lot of time is spent on Bob the family man which wasn’t needed to define a character who became iconic for his unusual demeanour and a rather surprising career choice.
Even though there was a lot being said about Abhishek Bacchan’s casting in the film, it is very evident that he has worked hard to look the part. But the problem here lies in the fact that there isn’t a strong plot to complement his improved acting skills.
The star of the show for me is Paran Bandopadhyay, who shines as Kali Da. His humor is on point and his scenes with Jr. Bachchan is gold.
Sujoy Ghosh’s screenplay lacks a power punch. The movie ends with an absolutely unnecessary reference to Kahaani. After two hours, we never get the answers to what made the original Bob Biswas so compelling: Who is he or how did he become a killer?
This version of Bob is surprisingly dull, less intriguing and rather unexciting. Honestly, it’s more likely that you are going to remember Saswata Chatterjee’s Bob over Abhishek Bachchan’s Bob 2.0.
‘Bob Biswas’ is streaming on ZEE5.