Films | Bumboo – Movie Review

Bumboo – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on March 30, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – RLC Motion Pictures
DIRECTOR – Jagdish Rajpurohit
WRITER – Francis Veber
CAST – Kavin Dave, Sharat Saxena, Sanjay Mishra, Sudhir Pandey, Sumit Kaul, Mandy Takhar
MUSIC –Faiz Ur Rehman, Santokh Singh

Heaps and heaps of flop, mouldy, slapstick comedies will not deter Bollywood from milking the formula to its utmost dryness. So comes ‘Bumboo’ to do its bit, adding to the overflowing corpus of mindless and seriously unfunny Bollywood comedies.

Directed by theatre personality Jagdish Rajpurohit, the film is an adaptation of the French play, ‘L’emmerdeur’, produced by the same man who made ‘The Dinner Date’ (From what ‘Bheja Fry’ was adapted). Was it a somewhat superstitious belief that another play by the same man would ensure instant success and acclaim, which led to the making of the film?

In line with what is by now an over-done structural technique, the film weaves in three stories intending to draw humour out of the ensuing criss-crossing situations. So there is sharp-shooter Mangal Singh (Sharat Saxena) hired to kill conman Manu Gupta (Sudhir Pandey) just when he is being taken for his trial. There is Suresh Sudhakar (Kavin Dave), a press photographer estranged from his wife Pinky (Mandy Thakar), sent to cover the trial. Mangal Singh and Suresh end up as neighbours in the same hotel with Suresh unloading his marital problems and developing an uncanny insistence on relieving his depression through the hitman. His wife Pinky, arrives at the venue too to complicate things and there is a lot of screaming, toilet humour and untimed buffoonery that really takes the film nowhere.

If the film’s title isn’t evidence enough of the low-brow-ness of the comedy, then Suresh’s nickname ‘Susu’ should eliminate all doubts. French comedies are known for their bathroom humour, vaudeville and crude. They are slapstick but with a refreshing tone that enjoys vulgar for what vulgar is. ‘Bumboo’ however, does not draw from any such sensibility, and rather focuses on the patchy mix-ups, inconvenient situations and loud acting for humour.

There is a non-linear narrative, mostly meant to confuse and hence add to the supposed hilarity but it only serves to take the directionless film more off-the-ground. There are dependable comic performers like Sharat Saxena and Sanjay Mishra but their presence does little for the film that insists on being singularly farcical but not fun. Unfortunately, the film leaves us with little to appreciate or enjoy, irrespective of what tastes in comedy one personally has.

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