Jan 19, 2012

Bangalored! [18/365]

Review of Outsourced!

After building up much hype about the latest English sitcom on Indian television, I managed to catch the premiere.

Based upon the movie with the same name, the plot revolves around a novelties company that right-sizes itself by outsourcing its entire call center to India. What follows is the adventures and misadventures of the American manager who is training it's new call-center in India.
Watch Outsourced! in Zee Cafe 11 pm IST (and repeated next weekday 2pm IST).

The makers of the show certainly got a lot of things right. From the subtle pun that the sitcom pokes at the American way of life, the culture differences, the products that the company sells, the irreverent and inhumane functioning style of Indian managers, office politics, the career aspirations down to the way the businesses are remote controlled by bosses on the other side of the EST is in so many ways true.

While I struggle to understand why a brilliantly funny sitcom like Outsourced! was slotted for a late night, middle of the week premiere, it ticked all the check boxes in my list of what a good Indian comedy should be.

I thought the acting was top notch. The cultural references were brilliant.
The dialogues were peppy and witty.
The ensemble does do justice to the entire premise, I found the plot paced appropriately and extremely witty.
Though not slap-stick, the comedy did tickle my funny bone.
The plot and it's characters are something a lot of young Indians would identify with. Surely, you'll know of that firangi manager who's come on-site to 'transition' that big process to India (aka Bangalore) or that hard-nosed Indian manager who is always micro managing employees or that person who is always using the company phone to make international and national calls for free or that flirtatious co-worker who is always hitting on the boss to climb the ladder.
Broadcast in India almost a year after it's American debut, the series was scrapped in June of last year. 

Outsourced! is definitely the fresh and witty look at a billion dollar industry that is India's answer to Chinese sweatshops.

My Rating: 9

What does the ratings mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theatre.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience
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