Showing posts with label Witty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Witty. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All 'bout the Fun [24/365]

Do you like pranks?
Well, that depends. Are you the planner or the victim?

The most common prank that any of my colleagues could even think of would be hidding your cellphone, sending out hilarious dinner invite, or prank phone call thing.

Playing a prank on complete strangers is not something new. We've been seeing them on TV for ages now.
Now, when I am watching them the shows, where those random good people are being made the butt of our laughter requirement, are they going to be scarred?
Would they, if they encountered, the same situation laugh it off and refuse to help, and look for that hidden camera? Would they let you actually fall off the bridge just because they were traumatized being watching by millions on hidden cameras?
But like they say, it only hurts when you laugh.

I personally think playing pranks are cruel but then once in a while, we come across a prank show so hilarious that you'll even like it on FB! One such prank show is called the 'Benidorm Pranksters'. Seven seniors pranking complete strangers. Avenging all those other shows that prank on unsuspecting seniors, the seniors in BP kicks ass.

Indians are generally not known for the funny. Our wit is dryer than a prune in autumn.
But as if reading my mind, India finally got the funniest channel from the other side of the Pacific - Comedy Central.

Let's LOL to that!

Thursday, January 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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