What works for BOBBY JASOOS is the casting, what pulls it down is its writing. Had the cast been anything but this, the whole film would have crumbled like a pack of cards, because it is these actors that inject some semblance of respectability in a plot that goes all over before finally reaching its core substance.
And that core substance is what leaves an endearing mark. But had first time director Samar Sheikh reworked the order of screenplay, BOBBY JASOOS would have been a different story. The surprise element which is sprung up towards the end is not properly addressed in the beginning. And mind you, the plot was good.
Lala's (Arjan Bajwa) character could have been deeply ingrained into the plot from the start as his character is central to the plot. His reason for getting into crime could have probably been addressed by nightmares he has from his childhood. Ditto Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar) who hires Bobby (Vidya Balan) for a hefty fee to trace persons, who then go missing. What also works against the film is the way Bobby's family is projected. There is no proper link to the members of the family. CHECK OUT - Bobby Jasoos : Songs Lyrics
Sheikh labors for two hours to finally hit the nail on the head, and though he manages to tug at your heart strings, it is too late, and you have disconnected yourself from the plot.
In the first half, Vidya Balan, moves about bamboozled. A jasoos who fails to find a job in her neighbourhood detective agency, she sets up her own and when Anees hands her her first fat remuneration, she is gung-ho. The clues given to her are only a name and a birthmark on some part of the body. So she has to rummage through the whole of Hyderabad.
It is only in the second half that the Vidya of old surfaces. The script lets her down; terribly. It's like Sachin Tendulkar looking for support at the other end, when one batsman after another, trudge back to the pavilion. CHECK OUT - Bobby Jasoos Movie Dialogues
Akash Dahiya, though on the fringe, manages to make an impact while Kiran Kumar and Arjan Bajwa, make the proceedings bearable with their intensity. A twist in the form of a love angle between Vidya and Ali Fazal is not woven in properly giving it a disjointed feeling. It does not run parallel to the story.
You see, there were plenty of elements within the plot to make BOBBY JASOOS a gripping, intense tale, full of suspense, which is what it was intended to be in the first place.