Bumboo is an attempted comedy with no comedy at all. An excruciatingly tiresome film. Best avoided.
| Mansha Rastogi
It's always difficult to adapt a film of a different sensibility into your own and make it appear a convincing art work. Filmmaker Jagdish Rajpurohit, who comes from a theater background, kick-starts Bumboo with the mention of a French film L'Emmerdeur raising your expectation high but whether the Indian version of the French hit works with the masses or not remains to be seen.
International hitman Mangal Singh (Sharat Saxena) has been hired to kill Manu Gupta (Sudhir Pandey) who is caught by the cops for a big scam. He rents a hotel room right opposite to 'Bombay High Court (Goa)' (Just in case you are wondering, this is exactly how it was mentioned) where Manu Gupta will be taken, to shoot him at sight. However, his plans get disrupted by SuSu urf Sudhir Sudhakar (Kavin Dave), an obnoxiously boring press photographer who checks into the same hotel to grab stills of Manu. How Sudhir makes matters worse for Mangal by his constant interference and whether Mangal succeeds in his missions follows through a series of mindless humour.
Debutant director Jagdish Rajpurohit, who also does a bit role in the film as Sultu Bhai, brings to films his theater sensibilities or going emotive in scenes. Sadly, it doesn't work at all in the film space. What it ends up being is a loud, hamming fest. It's surprising to see how an adaptation could go so wrong.
The filmmaker takes a non-liner approach for story telling which could've been a smart work had it not been interspersed with unbearable long drawn sequences. Never for once in the film does any joke make you chuckle or giggle.
The idea of revolving an entire film in a room is quite a risk unless you have a water-tight script. In the case of Bumboo it falls flat. Even the experienced lot of actors fail in salvaging the film. Sharat Saxena and Sanjay Mishra's efforts can be seen but don't quite please the audience. Kavin Dave, who has written the screenplay and dialogue, gets busy in profiling himself as a hero instead of working on the comic quotient in the film.
The only good thing about Bumboo is that it ends with a dialogue, 'Suggest the film to others if you like it, do so if you don't like it too. Doosro ki Bumboo lagane mein bhi mazaa hai!'
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
1 out of 5 (Poor)
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