Bob Biswas is a spin-off of ‘Kahaani’ but unfortunately misses out on an opportunity to explore the tussle of a mentally unstable man and society at large.
Often there are some characters that are not the main protagonists but are so interesting and played so beautifully that they matter more than the small part they are fitted in. They leave a mark behind so strong that it gives filmmakers the opportunity to create a great spin-off. And that’s precisely what Bob Biswas as a character from Kahaani offered to do! But unfortunately what had the potential to be a masterpiece falls flat because of its script. The film on Zee5 looks like it missed out on being among the classics like Joker or Cruella but could not be because of its lack of depth and lame script.
Bob’s character is essayed so effortlessly by Saswata Chatterjee in Kahaani that to accept a different person in that role is itself hard to digest. But instead of taking the character to the next level, Abhishek Bachchan is unable to do justice to the character and neither does the script help him in any way. The concept of the film was that of a contract killer who has amnesia and is figuring his life out and himself while his past that involves contract killing keeps coming back to him and confuses him. This tussle of a man who is mentally unstable with a society that wants to just benefit from him and doesn’t really let him gain a conscience or a morality automatically makes up for an interesting watch. But the lack of depth into the concept doesn’t help connect the film with the audience.
The supporting characters are played by a fabulous line-up of actors but are sadly given practically nothing to do. From Chitrangada Singh, Amar Upadhyay to Samara Tijori and Maneesh Verma, none of them add anything to the story. In fact, the only interesting about the film is Kali da played by Paran Bandopadhyay. Other than that, no one creates an impact regardless of the story being personal and involving kids and drugs. None of the twists, murders, the essence of Kolkata, and even the ‘Nomashkar’ evoke any sort of emotion in me that connected me to the film.
Giving a well-deserving backstory to an intriguing character is a tough job to execute. Because besides helping the audience understand this character better, one also has to take them through that journey with the character. It seems like only Joker has managed to achieve this feat, and only Joaquin Phoenix has been able to take the legacy of Heath Ledger forward. You can feel the absence of our intriguingly innocent contract killer, Saswata Chatterjee as Bob Biswas throughout the film.
But that’s enough from us, let’s see what the janta is saying about Bob Biswas!
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