'Kuch bhi!' - This is what one ends up exclaiming by the time 'Bumboo' reaches its half way point. A film which relies entirely on gags to take it's pencil thin plot forward, 'Bumboo' is a first time effort by director Jagdish Rajpurohit who just doesn't succeed in maintain enough excitement in his narrative that could have made audience smile throughout. Instead you watch the proceedings with a stoic expression and only wonder in dismay that for how long would one be subjected to such apology of films.
A journalist (Kavin Dave) bags an opportunity to catch hold of the biggest scoop of his life as a hit-man (Sharat Saxena) plans his moves to assassinate a scamster (Sudhir Pandey). However there ways cross and it is time for everyone to get a taste of some or the other 'bamboo'. In them all is Sanjay Mishra, a bellboy in the hotel where Kavin and Sharat are put up, and is witness to all the 'bamboofying' that takes place.
Now this could well be a perfect setting for a Priyadarshan film, what with half a dozen characters finding themselves in this mayhem with a single location setting. After all, the director has done this quite well in 'Garam Masala' and also to some extent in 'De Dana Dan' (again set in a hotel). On the other hand there are many films that have been failures, most notably being Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'My Friend Pinto', Indra Kumar's 'Daddy Cool' and Subhash Ghai's 'Paying Guests'. In fact the success ratio is quite low whenever films have tried going the theatre way with 'Bheja Fry' being the only recent remarkable effort.
'Bumboo' can't expect itself to find a mention in the elite list of such rare successes since it just doesn't have enough meat in it to make a mark. Moreover the jokes are so tasteless, situations so lifeless, treatment so listless and effort so lacklustre that you don't take time to loose complete interest in the proceedings within a matter of minutes.
Of course, as is the case with films belonging to such genre, skin show plays an important role in keeping the audience attention alive. In case of 'Bumboo' too Mandy Takhar does the needful and frankly one doesn't mind whenever she appears on screen. However in the larger scheme of things when one is looking for wholesome entertainment, oft repeated toilet humour as well as gay-o-phobic attitude only makes the narrative clichÃ©d and seen-before-done-that variety.
Film's music too offers hardly anything to hum around while technically too the film is amateurish, especially evidenced in the outdoor shoot where one can clearly sense that the director is struggling to move out of his comfort zone (i.e. theatre). The very fact that this is a small budget film is evident in the way each of the scenes is framed with a wide canvas feel completely missing. One would have been fine with this though if the basic storyline and the scenes that follow would have something worthwhile to offer. However since that basic aspect is missing in 'Bumboo', one tends to find further flaws in this non-entertainer.
Half a decade back there was a film titled 'Buddha Mar Gaya' with Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Anupam Kher and Rakhi Sawant that had released. It again had a stage setting to it with practically every character speaking loudly and a liberal dose of sex element thrown in. Let me dare say that it was far better than 'Bumboo'!