Sitting by three hours of Amazon Prime Video’s sitcom-wannabe Time Enna Boss entails repeating the present’s title a number of instances. You compromise in, sit down and begin watching the present anticipating it to be a straightforward binge. In all of 10 minutes, you end up wanting up on the heavens, screaming…time Enna boss?
It’s genius in a way. For a present about time journey, it spectacular that it manages to decelerate time, to the purpose the place you’re feeling your beard rising. However how did we get right here so rapidly? As a result of the premise is ideal for the sitcom format. Bala (Bharath) lives in a elaborate Chennai house when his time travel-equipped bathroom throws up 4 folks from 4 completely different time intervals. So we get Robo Shankar taking part in Kili from 933 AD, Bharathi (Priya Bhavani Shankar) from the 1970s, Hannah from 1895 after which Buggy (Karunakaran) from 2070. So, is that this premise itself a gold mine round which the jokes, the conflicts, the characters and even the catchphrases will write themselves?
Then, why do we have now to observe somebody as gifted as comedian/author Alexander (Alex) hammer house a line as plain as “I’m a watchman. I hold watching everybody,” dozens of instances? One other working gag entails the phrase “sensible”, the mere use of which freezes Bharathi. The thought is admittedly on the market and also you strive exhausting to play alongside however couldn’t the writers have considered a funnier phrase or, at the very least, extra natural conditions to convey it into play? Add inconsistent add-ons like a cartoon mouse and Hannah’s pointless alter ego and you’re feeling the makers try too exhausting to look wacky.
And that’s a disgrace as a result of there’s just one approach of doing a present like this, and that’s with full, no-looking-back ranges of conviction. Which implies that we don’t care if you happen to don’t give us an episode displaying us their collective panic, eager to get again to their respective time intervals. We don’t even care if these characters have motivations or a battle they should remedy. All we want are the massive LOL moments that constantly hold coming.
One other challenge is simply how inept the director is at translating all that craziness within the script to the display. As an illustration, a complete episode revolves round a bag of magic mushrooms and the confusions that outcome when the characters devour it. Possibly, there’s no restrict to what you are able to do and present with such a scenario, however what they finally handle to do it with it’s plain lazy. Be it slapstick, situational or observational, the crew proves that the majority types of comedy will not be their beat.
Apart from one particular style of it. Let’s not class it up by calling it wordplay, however the writers of Time Enna Boss have a novel strand of genius in them in the case of some good previous mokkai (PJs). So whenever you see two YouTubers on the present introducing themselves as Ganesh(s), they work for VTV. In one other scene, Bharath walks in on two girls gossiping and he interrupts them by shouting, “hey Kajal-Sandhya!”.
The house they stay in is ‘7G’ and, appropriately, we get a poster of Ravi Krishna himself demonstrating the results of the Kuleshov Impact. These mokkai monstrosities are all over the place and so they work like little diamonds buried deep in acres of coal. One other favorite was Robo Shankar sporting a t-shirt with the phrases ‘Sal Maan Mark’ on what appears like firecrackers. And the caption? Get your bang for the buck. The buck… Get it?
And, in fact, the most effective has to be the background music that performs throughout a routine sports activities montage scene. As Buggy is seen getting ready for a marathon, we get a theme the place a person merely narrates titles of Akira Kurosawa’s movies, one after the opposite. And when he appears to be working out of titles, he strikes on to Yuddham Sei, Mugamoodi, Nandalala, Kikujiro…one in all few jokes that didn’t get beneath Myskkin.
It’s the wildness in these moments you wished the writers had dug deeper into. Maybe, all they wanted was some encouragement, a pat on their shoulder and the recommendation that it’s OKAY to be mokkai.