• Whether goofing off with her motley bunch of accomplices, or making an impassioned plea to her stubborn father, Vidya is consistently watchable without ever hogging your attention away from the story.
    It’s a shame then that she’s let down by the very script itself, which — despite raising important questions about gender equality, financial independence of women, and parental obsession with marriage – fizzles out post-intermission. It needed more humor and more meat, but Vidya Balan comes out tops again.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    ‘Bobby Jasoos’ works till the time Vidya Balan gets to lead from the front: the courtship with her reluctant suitor is one of the high points of the film. But I wish this amiable, light-hearted yarn had more ‘zaika’ and ‘tadka’. And the songs are strictly unnecessary and uninteresting. Post-interval, the surprises leachout. So does the fun.

  • Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    Watch Bobby Jasoos, if you must, for Vidya’s performance and the chemistry she shares with Ali.

    Sadly, the film could have done very well if it didn’t waste too many frames on dealing with Bobby and her confrontation with her family. It looks forced and deliberate, a brazen attempt to reach a wider audience. Throughout the film, Rajendra Gupta (Bobby’s father) does not talk to her because he does not approve of her ‘jasoosi’.

  • Kusumita Das
    Kusumita Das
    Deccan Chronicle


    An average combination of fun and mystery…After a promising start, the story unnecessarily meanders into a family drama towards the end and you are left wondering where is the detective. But she is busy wiping off her tears with her dupatta.

  • Bobby Jasoos works only because of Vidya Balan and the strong supporting cast…

  • Bobby Jasoos has no item numbers, no cheap thrills, and none of the usual trappings of a wannabe blockbuster.

    But it has Vidya Balan in fine fettle, and that should be reason enough for you to go out and watch the film.

  • Srijana Mitra Das
    Srijana Mitra Das
    Times Of India


    …quibbles aside, Bobby Jasoos is a clever and joyful film. Should you watch it?

    Elementary, my dear friend.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    DNA India


    Watch if for the firecracker that is Vidya Balan. Now only if she had solved the case of the missing plot!

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    The idea of Bobby Jasoos is good but the execution is not! The script is full of loopholes and is very predictable. Just when you feel the film is getting too long, there is a love song which is unnecessary. Music by Shantanu Moitra is strictly average.

    Bobby Jasoos could have been a winner but it lost track somewhere in between!

  • Bobby Jasoos could have been a crisp, lucid and marvelous film but the overwrought emotional factor got the better out of the story. Plagued by an underwhelming second hour, sloppy editing and a conveniently done hurried climax, the film counts well only for Vidya’s ability to carry a film solely on her shoulders. Her cutesy chemistry wit Ali scores too. But know that a detective story hasn’t done well when you crack the story before the detective himself.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    …has an interesting premise, but the writing plays the spoilsport. The saving grace and also the USP is Vidya Balan for sure, but is that enough to salvage the film?

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Bobby Jasoos is fun-filled entertainment. It suffers a bit with shoddy execution and writing. But it’s nothing an expert like Vidya can’t handle.

  • 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.

  • The director creates a charming world that you are reluctant to get out of, even when the film is over. Now that is an achievement.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Like Vidya Balan’s multiple disguises the film’s ability to surprise never flags. If Bobby/Bilkis revels in a sense of adventure the narration doesn’t lag behind.You can find flaws here. But you won’t hold them against the film. That’s a guarantee.

  • OneIndia


    Like Vidya’s multiple disguises, the film’s ability to surprise never flags. If Bobby revels in a sense of adventure then the narration doesn’t lag behind. You can find flaws in Bobby Jasoos, but you won’t hold them against the film. That’s a guarantee.

  • Vidya Balan’s Bobby Jasoos is a delight to watch, except for those who hold too much expectation from the film considering Vidya’s last hit Kahaani.

  • Despite the effort and the hype, ‘Bobby Jasoos’ just doesn’t make the cut. At least, not for us, especially since we cracked the case even before Bobby did. Now, that’s not saying much, is it?

    While ‘Bobby Jasoos’ is a fair attempt at women-centric characters, it fails to do much else because of its inability to break free from Bollywood stereotypes.

  • Don’t take it too seriously, and you’ll dig Bobby Jasoosand forget about it. But if you’re looking for a memorable film with a repeat value, you’ll be disappointed.

  • In short, Bobby’s the sort of girl with whom you can’t help but fall in love. So go see Bobby Jasoos. With a little help from her friends and family, she’ll make you happier than you’ve felt in ages.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    … is not half as funny as it should’ve been, and it is also very unbelievable. It is different from the usual masala films alright but that is simply not enough to entertain the audience or to keep the producers and distributors in good spirits. Flop.

  • Bobby Jasoos arrives as a rare clean, fun, mainstream entertainer that an entire family could watch together. What more! It delivers as nice message without being preachy for once. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised. This is one jasoos you might just like seeing more of.

  • Does it matter that Bobby Jasoos takes far too many creative liberties so far as plot is concerned? Yes, it certainly would, if you went in only for a detective drama. Don’t. It’s a lot more than that.

  • …seems like a safe bet taken by the actress (Dia) after her initial failure with `Love, Breakups, Zindagi` in 2011. Because when you have Vidya Balan in the film, surely you don`t need any of the Khans. It`s not without a reason we say, Bobby, that you have always been an unsung `hero` of the script.

    P.S: Do watch it for Vidya Balan`s acting prowess again!

  • Teena Elizabeth
    Teena Elizabeth


    A cute and simple story of a Muslim girl who goes against all odds to establish herself as a successful private detective. Vidya Balan, has pulled the film with her acting prowess proving her mettle as an actress, yet again. Bobby Jasoos is a decent watch, if you have nothing else planned for the weekend.

  • Prateek Sur
    Prateek Sur
    Bollywood Life


    Shantanu Moitra has tried to come up with a simple yet sweet album, but the compositions are nothing too great. Tu is the only saving grace of the soundtrack, which is definitely the best classical romantic track in a long time. But the fall side is that it too will be loved only by the connoisseurs of good classical music. Jashn too is okay, but rest of the tracks fall flat.

  • The 121-minute movie harnesses the classic tropes of melodrama—coincidences, conflicts, the perfect resolution—to deliver a feel-good fairy tale of a remarkably mobile heroine who gets up and leaves whenever she feels like. The movie needed to have come with a “Don’t try this at home but feel free to dream” disclaimer.

  • It’s a delectable biryani (you’ll understand the reference better if you watch the film) masterfully prepared, and full of subtle flavours and heart. Don’t miss!

  • Other than Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal has some brief moments that work well. Arjan Bajwa has a screen presence even if it requires him to hold one expression. The rest of the cast too have their share of screen time which they do well with.

    None of this is good enough though given how many stories Bobby Jasoos, the film is trying to tell. Each distracting from the other, not letting the other come to its point.

  • The third act seems to have been given step-motherly treatment, the writing team struggling to put together the pieces and dispel the confusion without resorting to shortcuts and convenient plot twists. The finale is a mess – and bizarre – undoing a great deal of expectations the film builds up to that point. You look back, then, and find loopholes every step of the way – never a good feeling to carry with you outside a movie theatre.

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    There are few things to complain about with Bobby Jasoos. It’s a delightful caper with a lot of heart, and you root for both the film and it’s protagonist all the way till the end.

  • Anuj Kumar
    Anuj Kumar
    The Hindu


    A feel good entertainer that chips a few clichés off the Bollywood rock.

  • JPN


    Though the film belongs to Vidya, Ali makes his own space with pride, confidence and his acting skills. There are no item numbers, cheap thrills and the usual trappings of a wannabe blockbuster. It just has Vidya and that should be the reason enough for cine-buffs to go and watch the film.

  • The movie, which begins on a promising but languid note as a thriller set in a vibrant metropolis such as Hyderabad, morphs into a reluctant love story. Bobby gets side-tracked and the climax scenes, which should ideally be a crackling clincher to the mystery, come across as an afterthought. The suspense to the drama was so lame that we felt bad for the feisty Bobby and Balan: both deserved a riveting, gripping ending.