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Sujit Saraf ...
Bapu
Maheshwar Umasankar ...
Arvind
Amit Nanavati ...
Keshav
Rajiv Nema ...
Jeevan Ullaas, Ph.D.
Bill Johnson ...
Mike (manager)
Sanjay Rajagopalan ...
Murali
Rajnish Khosla ...
Rajnish
Ariadne Horstman ...
Secretary
Sonal Sabu ...
Jayashree
Bharathi Ramavarjula ...
Escort Service Madam
Yuhua Luo ...
Madam (voice)
Srikar Srinath ...
Escort Service customer
Aniruddha Bhosekar ...
Glutton at party
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BUGABOO is a Silicon Valley film. It has been produced by people who live and work in Silicon Valley and who have prospered with the high-tech boom of the nineties. The Internet and the personal computer, while creating Silicon Valley, have also created armies of well-paid Indian professionals who lead a curious existence: as professionals they constitute the epicenter of America's recent growth binge, but as individuals they continue to stay inside cocooned, secure Indian communities which are quite divorced from all things American. A group of such engineers defies the even flow of this existence by introducing "random disturbances" into their lives. These deviations from normal routine punctuate the film until they finally lead to a "grand deviance," unthinkable for sober, law-abiding engineers from India. It is then, at the end of the film, that they discover simple solutions to seemingly complex problems in their lives. Written by Bill Johnson <wsj@cup.hp.com>

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Avoidable at all costs
28 January 2006 | by (San Jose, CA.) – See all my reviews

The movie is a series of staccato shots with no apparent co-relation to any central theme.

Most of the scenes depicted do not do justice to the average Indian in the bay area. There is a nerd (Murali) who always keeps sharpening his pencil and drops the pencils in his hand whenever someone says a word. There is another scene of a potluck party where there's this guy keeps stuffing food in his mouth. If the intent is to show a single guy gorging at potluck parties, at least let the guy eat off a plate. And I don't know many engineers who stuff an entire samosa and a couple of rasgollas into their mouths at one go.

The depiction of these characters (and almost every other character in the movie) is so unrealistic that a few minutes into the movie, it gets to you. And with an abrupt (and absurd) ending you are left with a distasteful feeling.

Lastly the fact that the movie was made on a shoe string budget and what is clearly inferior equipment is very apparent. The acting, camera work, lighting and sound are all pathetic. All in all, avoidable at all costs.

p.s. I have seen a couple of plays by Naatak company and my advise to them is to stick to drama and not subject unsuspecting audiences to such atrocities.


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