Bob Biswas Movie Review
Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s Bob Biswas raises an interesting question that he does not answer. A person who loses their memory and regains it may remember their family, friends and colleagues. They may even return to old habits. But can they rediscover their personality? Can their sense of right and wrong, good and bad remain intact?
Or will a person’s ethics and values make a total turnaround? Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s directorial debut says yes, which is just one of the many elements in the film that are beyond belief.
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The Zee5 release is a spin-off of the 2012 thriller Kahaani written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, father of Diya Annapurna Ghosh. In Kahaani, Bob Biswas (an excellent Saswata Chatterjee) was seen in a supporting role as a timid insurance salesman who is an afterthought as a hit man. When the heroine, memorably played by Vidya Balan, becomes one of his targets, Bob gets his just desserts.
Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s film begins with Bob (Abhishek Bachchan) waking up from an eight-year coma, the reasons for which are never revealed. Bob has lost all his memory. He is told that he has a wife (Chitrangada Singh) and two children (Samara Tijori, Ronith Arora), and that he used to be a life insurance salesman. Bob tries to live a normal life, but his ex-secret employers push him back into contract-busting work.
Bob rediscovers his spark as an assassin. How to assemble and use a gun is locked as muscle memory. But Bob 2.0, it seems, has discovered a conscience. He begins to worry whether his target is a good or a bad person. He asks a pastor: Do I have to do this for a living? Or am I made for this?
I was hoping the film would take an existential turn at this point. But Bob Biswas quickly turns into a routine action thriller where the hero’s job is to just kill the bad guys. If we need to see a hit man movie like that, we can re-watch any of the John Wick movies on any streaming platform. Why put Bob Biswas in a similar setup?
Here you have this chubby, balding, timid Bengali man who is also a super successful assassin. But then he lost his memory. That’s a million dollar idea. But Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s Bob Biswas, despite promising in the first half, becomes a bore. The character just has no evolution.
At one point, Bachchans Bob tells us, oh, it’s bad to kill people, I guess, it’s time to rethink my life choices. But it remains what Bob just said. We don’t see him grow. It’s hard to tell if it’s a problem with Sujoy Ghosh’s screenplay or the actor’s. Abhishek Bachchan tries, but he is not one to win gold from mediocre character.