Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani was an intelligent, engrossing thriller that introduced us to some truly iconic characters - like the scary AF hitman Bob Biswas, who posed as an insurance agent.
And now a film is being made on him, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and starring Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role.
Nomoshkar! 🙏🏻👓 Thrilled to announce our upcoming film, #BobBiswas in association with Bound Script Production; starring @juniorbachchan and directed by Diya Annapurna Ghosh. @gaurikhan @iamsrk @sujoy_g @_GauravVerma pic.twitter.com/CoQLlfE55X— Red Chillies Entertainment (@RedChilliesEnt) November 25, 2019
There is no denying that it was Saswata Chatterjee's fabulous portrayal that had made Bob Biswas' seemingly calm demeanor appear shockingly scary. Which is why the casting choice left a fair share of people confused and disappointed:
#BobBiswas became a cult because of Saswata Chatterjee. Making a film on this character, without Saswata in it is nothing short of blasphemy!— Agnivo Niyogi (অগ্নিভ নিয়োগী) (@Aagan86) November 25, 2019
How do you make a movie on #BobBiswas without Saswata Chatterjee? The character was prefectly brought to life by the ace actor, so Bollywood decides to exclude him! Another example of its ethnically appropriated casting, just like Thalaivi. 🤮 https://t.co/wh8o45IWfs— Ahona Sengupta (@ahona_sengupta) November 25, 2019
#BobBiswas is iconic only bcz Saswata Chatterjee played that role. Bollywood seldom produces a good thing & then they ruin it. Fuck you Red Chillis.!!!!!— tam🌈 (@OhDearKarma) November 25, 2019
Why didn't they choose Saswata Chatterjee??— Curb stomper (@Itsbritneybasic) November 25, 2019
Ummm.... if this #BobBiswas is the iconic character from Kahaani then why Abhishek Bachchan? Nothing against AB Jr. But the physical characteristics don't match with Shaswata Chatterjee's character. 🤔— Arunima (@TheFirstRays_A) November 25, 2019
I honestly feel bad for #SaswataChatterjee upon hearing the news of #BobBiswas getting its own spin off! A character, with such limited screen time had such a lasting impact with audiences as the antagonist. I guess it’s the sad reality of pitching a scalable film! pic.twitter.com/qMo21PL8RX— ANMOL JAMWAL (@jammypants4) November 25, 2019
Saswata chatterjee is such a great actor— moh♥na (@extraaacheese) November 25, 2019
But no they had to take abhisek #BobBiswas
@greatbong Abhishek Bachchan to portray #BobBiswas in upcoming movie.— dorian (@stoicola) November 25, 2019
I think the character worked due to Saswata Chatterjee's brilliant acting. Don't think AB jr. can do even 10% justice to the cult villain.
Your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/tOCcHLuguk