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Bob Biswas is the third movie of the Kahaani Trilogy, featuring Vidya Balan. It is a spin-off on a fictional character of Kahaani (2012). Bob Biswas is a movie that stars Abhishek Bachchan and Chitrangda Singh. The movie was released on 3rd December 2021. It was released on the OTT platform and is currently streaming on Zee5.
Director: Diya Annapurna Ghosh
Star Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh, Purab Kohli
Writer: Sujoy Ghosh, Raj Vasant
Music Director: Anupam Roy, Clinton Cerejo, Vishal-Shekhar
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Debut director Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s film begins with Bob Biswas (now played by Abhishek Bachchan) waking up after a coma. He has lost his memory and is welcomed by a wife and two kids. As he’s settling in with a family he doesn’t remember, in a home, he’s never seen, two men blackmail him to carry out a couple of contract killings. They claim he’s always been a hit-man even as he insists he doesn’t remember anything.
Add to this mix, a parallel story about teens addicted to a drug and the love story between Bob and his wife Mary (Chitrangada Singh).
Chitrangada’s character is Mary and someone in the film points out that she’s actually like ‘Mother Mary’. She potters around, telling her kids to do their homework or “haath muh dho lo” (wash-up), when not fussing over her strange husband. It’s not just that Bob’s character is shown as a middle-aged average looker, it’s also things like asking his wife out on lunch translating to sharing her tiffin on a bench (in a non-charming way).
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She still, however, remains the smitten kitten and even calls him an angel. But then, she’s also that person who tells off her annoying boss by threatening to ‘complain to her husband’.
At one point, confused about his past, Bob asks her, “Main acha aadmi hoon yaa bura aadmi?” (Am I a good man or a bad man?). Of course, she insists he’s the best person in the world, even as he looks unconvinced.
Meanwhile, he goes around terrorizing kids who are school bullies by killing off their pets and threatening irritating neighbours.
Some interesting characters are introduced as the story moves along. Kali da (played by veteran Paran Bandopadhyay) is a mysterious man and owner of a homoeopathic shop that stores much more than medicines. A roadside stall owner, several police characters including a determined inspector called Indira, get involved in the surroundings.
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This is the case of a very interesting character, the performance is very layered. Abhishek Bachchan has proven himself to be a fine actor in several films. And here it’s no different, he reads the character differently and makes it his own. There is the required consistent nervous smile, measured dialogue delivery,
The film is super engaging with funny moments in the middle to make you smile. It’s a perfect watch if you’re on a first date or watching it with your family.