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December 4, 2021

Bob Biswas Movie Review - Critics

List of Bob Biswas Movie Reviews from various popular critics and news portals. Kindly bookmark this page to check all the reviews which will be updated accordingly.


Star Cast - Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh
Director - Diya Annapurna Ghosh
Release Date - 3 December 2021



Total Reviews - 12

Average Score - 2.79/5

Overall Word of Mouth (Critics) - Mixed to Positive!



1. NDTV -

Rating Score -> 2.5/5
Bob Biswas, a spin-off from the character that Saswata Chatterjee absolutely nailed in 2012's unforgettable Kahaani, is a disappointingly pale figure who anything but replicates the chilling effect that the original assassin had on the audience. With an entire film devoted to him and his muddled motives, Bob has too much riding on him. He often wilts under the burden.
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2. News 18 -

Rating Score -> n/a
Bob Biswas, essayed by Saswata Chatterjee in Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 Kahaani (headlined by Vidya Balan), is etched in our minds even after almost a decade of the film’s release. Chatterjee/Bob’s viciously evil smile when he introduces himself as “Aami Bob Biswas…Ek Minute” (I am Bob Biswas…One minute) before shooting down his victim at point blank range is spine-chilling. His never misses his targets.
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3. Indian Express -

Rating Score -> 2.5/5
Abhishek Bachchan’s contract killer is never as scary as the original. Every time Abhishek Bachchan gets a killing flare in his eyes, he makes us look. But parts of the plot are predictable and flat.
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4. DNA -

Rating Score -> 3.5/5
A potent follow-up to 'Kahaani', 'Bob Biswas' is Abhishek Bachchan at his A-game. It is a well-directed crime drama that should serve as the origin story of the titular contract killer leading to more films in the future.
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5. Hindustan Times -

Rating Score -> n/a
Bob Biswas 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? How did he become a killer? What’s he like when he’s alone? By snatching away Bob’s memory, and leaving him a shell of a person, the Ghoshes sidestep the task of turning him into a flesh-and-blood person. As a result, the film Bob Biswas neither emerges as a character study nor does it embrace the opportunity to become zany comic-book pulp, which it had every chance to be.
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6. Times of India -

Rating Score -> 3.5/5
One can’t help observing that when Abhishek gets a challenging role, he goes all out to not only portray it convincingly, but also look perfect for the part. Films like Yuva, Guru and Raavan are proof that when a movie or a character requires him to push the envelope, he spares no effort in even rising above the script. Half-a-star extra for his brilliant performance as Bob Biswas.
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7. Rediff -

Rating Score -> 2/5
Bob Biswas starts out as an exploration into an oddity. But a directionless deconstructing into his morality, obviousness of its storytelling, the clumsy connecting of dots as well as the utter mess the characters and their fates descend into for the sake of a silly payoff can be summarised more woeful than whimsy.
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8. Anupama Chopra -

Rating Score -> n/a
Sujoy is one of Hindi cinema’s leading directors of thrillers. It’s hard to gauge Diya’s ability to follow in her father’s footsteps because this film is so badly hobbled by the script. The last straw is a diary which contains the details of murders and must be retrieved at all costs. Which took me back to the climax of Don in 1978 in which a similar diary was being tossed between the good guys and the bad guys. I think it’s time criminals upgraded to a digital record of their crimes.
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9. Komal Nahta -

Rating Score -> n/a
Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s direction is fair. While she has extracted good work from out of the actors, she seems to have sacrificed the intrigue value of the plot. The narration, therefore, does not involve the viewers half as much as it should have. On the whole, Bob Biswas remains an average fare because it does not involve the viewers as much as is should.
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10. Zoom -

Rating Score -> 3/5
As Bob Biswas, Abhishek Bachchan exceptionally stands out with his performance. To get into the skin of his character, the actor has not just gained weight but also thoroughly aced the body language of his character. Overall, Bob Biswas could've been packaged well with the mysteries unfolding in a better manner as supposed to leaving the audiences on a cliffhanger.
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11. The Hindu -

Rating Score -> n/a
Bob echoes a strange mix of confidence and self-doubts. He could be edgy and weak-kneed at the same time. Abhishek might be carrying a Bob inside him, but the paunch and the prosthetics prevent the expression to seep through effectively and consistently. They only remind that he is copying a character who became iconic because it was against the type.
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12. Outlook India -

Rating Score -> 2.5/5
To sum it all up, ‘Bob Biswas’ is engaging with some great performances. However, it’s not as taut, as mysterious and as thrilling in the end as ‘Kahaani’ was. It’s indeed a ONE-TIME WATCH. I am going with 2.5 stars.
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