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    Default Movie Review: Bumboo

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    Star Cast: Sharat Saxena, Sanjay Mishra, Sudhir Pandey, Mandy Takhar, Kavin Dave
    Director: Jagdish Rajpurohit
    Producer: RCL Motion Pictures
    Music Directer: Faiz Ur Rehman, Santokh Singh


    Professional killer Mangal Singh (Sharat Saxena) takes a contract to kill stock market scamster Manu Gupta (Sudhir Pandey) in front of the Goa High Court where he is to undergo a trial. Mangal plans to do the job from a hotel room which is opposite to the court. Suresh Sudhakar (Kavin Dave), a press photographer, is sent to Goa to cover Manu Gupta's trial and checks into the same hotel next to Mangal Singh’s room. Susu (Suresh Sudhakar) tries to meet his ex-wife Pinky (Mandy Takhar), who is living in Goa and in turn creates chaos for Mangal.

    Story Treatment:

    Another flick with Mumbai as the prime location of scams, which is ridiculously long-drawn-out as it tests one’s patience. The film is supposed to be funny, but the boring and chaotic situations keep the motive away from the film and seem to be a far-fetched dream. The story is unnecessarily dragged in the second half and makes you sit at the edge of your seat, just to run away.

    Star Cast:

    Sharat Saxena is convincing with his body language, but a dull script makes his effort look tasteless. Kavin Dave tries hard to induce few funny moments to an extremely mind-numbing plot. Sanjay Mishra plays his part well, while Mandy Takhar goes unnoticed. Sudhir Pandey is loud and the potty jokes annoy one to the core.


    Director fails to make his brilliant star cast work for him due to the weak script and lack of humour, or to be precise no humour. The toilet humour which worked in Delhi Belly has been tried to cash on in Bumboo as well, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for him. Jagdish Rajpurohit makes the attempt unexciting with forced funny moments and in turn brings nothing to the table.


    Dialogues are forgettable, mostly ignored due to the extreme chaos which runs throughout the movie.

    Ups and downs:

    In the movie, ‘Bumboo’ signifies troubled waters (vaat lagna) and if you wish to be away from such an experience, this movie is strictly prohibited. If you are still looking for a reason to buy a ticket then talented actors like Sharat Saxena, Sanjay Mishra and Kavin Dave trying their best to make you laugh, could be one possible reason to give it a try.

    ...being a human...

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    Last time it was Vivek Oberoi in 'Deewane Huye Pagal' who had donned the role of a narrator but the director Jagdish Rajpurohit's theatre background provoked him to keep one in his film too. The theme of the film is quite simple.
    It says life will screw you so keep smiling.
    The basic storyline has three branches. First branch deals with a down-on-luck photographer Suresh Sudhakar aka SuSu (Kavin Dave) and his wife Pinky (Mandy Takhar). Frustrated with her marriage, Pinky goes to a psychiatrist Dr D'Souza (Sumit Kaul) who convinces her to leave Suresh. D'Souza has a serious motive guiding his advice. He wants to marry Pinky himself.
    Second branch shows an international hitman Mangal Singh (Sharat Saxena) who has been given the task to eliminate a scamster Manu Gupta (Sudhir Pandey). The third sub-story revolves around Manu Gupta and his absurd activities. Who is the narrator then?
    Well, it's a waiter Vincent (Sanjay Mishra).
    Here comes the first flaw of the script.
    The waiter doesn't have the access to the story of Manu Gupta but he acts as a narrator. Ideally he should know all the characters.
    Circumstances bring heavily depressed SuSu and Mangal Singh to the same hotel where Mangal Singh has to conceal his real identity while SuSu is hell bent on taking his help in coming out of depression.
    Pinky, Dr. D'Souza and the police also land up in the same hotel in due course of time. Now, the hitman is waiting for Manu Gupta and the others are determined to make him a good soul at any cost. The narrative strategy follows a non-linear path where the storyteller has taken help of parallel cutting to take the story forward.
    The idea of shooting three stories separately and bringing them to a common conclusion doesn't work for very simple reasons.
    First reason: The acting is generally appalling. Kavin Dave looks funny but that's all about him. His dialogue delivery needs a lot of fine tuning. Kavin's movements look so methodical that at times you can predict where he will stop.
    Presenting Sharat Saxena as a soft hearted killer is a nice idea but comedy doesn't seem to be his forte. He appears bored throughout the film but black clothes suit him.
    Sumit Kaul's characterisation is very confused. He is neither funny nor vicious.
    Mandy is the weakest link and it's the item number which makes her noticeable.
    Direction is influenced by Rajpurohit's theatre background. Sometimes actors take stretched movements in close up shots. Conversation between actors is another problem. Either they are asked to speak loudly or they just don't realise the jarring effect it creates. Too much dialogue leaves the audience confused.
    The editor has done some glaring mistakes. The technique has failed to hide continuity jumps in hotel room scenes. The cinematography is average. It seems that the director has deliberately left the scenic beauty of Goa out of the frame.
    But the film has some good comic moments too. The hotel room sequences among Kavin, Sanjay Mishra and Sharat Saxena generate laughter. An emotional scene between Mandy and Kavin is also worth watching but such moments are rare.
    Constraints of independent filmmaking are visible throughout the film. The problem of shooting the entire film within limited locations mars the story.
    Lack of punches in script punctures the chances of this comedy.
    The good thing about 'Bumboo' is its climax. You can certainly laugh towards the end. And yes, Mika Singh's song during the credits is worth dancing.
    Message of the film fails to reach the spectator because Sanjay Mishra gives a really long 'speech' before coming to the crux of the matter.
    'Bumboo' is a film made with good intentions but somehow the makers couldn't transform the original idea onto the celluloid.
    You can always watch 'Bumboo' to support the storytellers who dare to go against the established market norms.
    Not more than 1.5 out of 5.
    ...being a human...

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