The American office is like no work environment I've ever seen in my life. And I don't think it attempts to be. It pulls absolute absurd-ism out of a magic hat and wields it like a wand. The antics pulled on this show would not only get the employees fired, but probably arrested. The character, Dwight K. Schrute, part psychopath, part ubber-nerd, would most definitely be put in some sort of facility so that he would not cause harm to himself or others. The boss, Michael Scott, shares a few character traits with his British counterpart, David Brent, but goes further down the path of redundancy. By the third season, Michael actually brings the office to a standstill on a daily basis. Were he real, not only would he not retain his job, but he would be sued into oblivion. This is a show, in many ways, more akin to the Seinfeld universe than the original Office.
If one can grasp this fact and really separate the two, then both are enjoyable in different ways. The British original often had moments of deepest poignancy, while the American one usually just heads for purest escapism. The characters are wonderful on both shows and, in some ways, are archetypes for their respective countries. One thing that has been harshly criticized about the American characters is that their "too mousy". I agree with this. Most Americans I've observed wouldn't act as reserved as these characters do. I think this is a uniquely British trait and is one of the few things which should have been translated better.
In closing, watch the original for its unmatched subversive wit, which stings at the worst of times and actually soothes at its best. And watch the American one for its absolute brilliant comedic lunacy. The world is big enough for both.
In closing, I can understand the controversy surrounding this film. It certainly won't help tourism in India. In fact, it might kill it. But, to those with an open mind, it's just the start of a great adventure.