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Back in 2012, Sujoy Ghosh directed Kahaani starring Vidya Balan turned out to be a surprise hit and gained a major following amongst thriller junkies.
Among other things, the one aspect that got a cult status was the character of contract killer Bob Biswas played terrifically by Saswata Chatterjee.
Nine years later, Sujoy Ghosh returned to the world of Kahaani, this time, in the form of a spin-off based on Bob Biswas.
One major change in the film is that the lead role of Bob Biswas is played by Abhishek Bachchan who replaces Saswata Chatterjee.
But that is not the only change writer Sujoy has made to the Kahaani Universe. The movie, which is now streaming on Zee5, seems to take some inspiration from the 2014 cult Hollywood actioner John Wick starring Keanu Reeves.
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There are several plot points in the film that may remind one of the John Wick universe. Take a look at some of them below (Spoiler Alert):
# In John Wick, we get to know about a Hotel that has its own code of conduct and provides rooms as well as arms and ammunition to assassins around the world. In Bob Biswas, there is a medical store that does something similar. The assassins are provided with guns and even given lockers. In John Wick, there were the characters of Charon, a concierge at the hotel and Winston, the owner, in Bob Biswas there is Kali da, owner of the medical store.
# In John Wick, the mafia puts out a bounty on Keanu Reeves’ character and asks another assassin, Marcus, to assassinate him. In Bob Biswas, the mafia hands out the contract to an assassin named Dhonu to find and kill Bob. In both the films, the contract killers turn out to be the close friends/associates of the lead characters.
# Several times in John Wick we are told that the outside rules and law don’t apply to The Continental and no blood should be spilt inside it. Similarly, in Bob Biswas when a character suggests that they should attack Kali da to get information about Bob Biswas, we are told that attacking the old man as well his medical store is out of the question as this is against their code.
# John Wick is known for taking perfect headshots, same is the case with Bob Biswas in the spin-off. While Bob Biswas was a pretty dangerous contract killer in Kahaani, he wasn’t all about headshots in the original 2012 movie. However, in this one, he seems to have honed his skill.
The movie, co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, marks the debut of Sujoy Ghosh’s daughter Diya Annapurna Ghosh as a director.
It also stars Chitrangada Singh, Purab Kohli and Deepak Tijori’s daughter Samara Tijori in her acting debut.