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Boom Bites Dust
Sep 15, 2003 07:54 PM 6183 Views
(Updated Sep 19, 2003 01:36 PM)

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Readers might be shocked to see that I am writing a review on a movie whose release date is still not finalised.Friends,this is what VCD piracy in India is all about.After reading reports that the VCD of the movie is available in black market I was shocked to see that my cable-guy actually showed the VCD at prime time 9p.m. in the heart of the capital city Delhi.The promos of the movie have been on air for


over 6 months.After watching the first promo I understood that this will be a diastrous movie.Well,after watching it(though not fully)I have to confess that it is indeed disastrous.


The setting is Bombay where an international fashion show is taking place.The 3 top models who take part are Shiela Bardez(Padmalakshmi),Anu Gaekwad(Madhu Sapre) and Rina Kaif(Katrina Kaif).While catwalking a stiffle takes


place between Anu and another model.Within few minutes we see that many diamonds fall from the hair of the model.Now starts what is supposed to be a cat


and mouse game.The 3 models share a flat in an apartment and are quite


independent.They have a maid Bharti(Seema Biswas,who seems hell-bent on doing a doctorate on playing maid after Bhoot) who cokks for them.Although she knows the model for 2 years still they feel that they do not know much about


Bharti,like who is her husband and who are her kids.


Now in contrast with these supermodels are the 3 Mias or underworld kingpins.The focus shifts to Dubai where the characters are introduced.Saleem Ahmad'Cut-Piece Saleem Suiting Shirting' (Gulshan Grover) is also known as Chote


Mia.He has the suiting shirting name as he has a style of murdering men in a way that no blood is spilled on their suits and he can even take their suits and wear them as they do not have an iota of blood on them.He is Chote Mia as he works for Bade Mia(Amitabh Bachchan in a horrible wig and beard).Bade mia is 'THE MOST WANTED MAN ON THE LIST OF MOST WANTED MEN''.He is supported by Alice(Zeenat


Aman) who is supposed to be his mistress.The 2 mias run their empire in Dubai.They


reside in what is supposed to be the world's best hotel.Bade Mia isundergoing losses of many millions in their hotel business so they call for a meeting in


this hotel.In the meeting there are a motley of dumb


looking men including a 7 feet giant(u can view him easily when u see the men


walking behind Amitabh when they go for a murder).Bade mia hardly talks anything


and Chote Mia and Alice do most of the work.He reads cartton strips in the


meeting and breaks down into laughter talking about the plasma TV which is not


working in their hotel at Chicago or the toilet paperwhich was not in the right frame in their hotel in London.


Back in Bombay we have a armed buffoon Shankar(Javed Jaffery) who


calls himself Boom Shankar or Boom Boom.He raids the residence of the models


and take them to 'Abdul Wahab Barkatali Al Sabunchi'(Jackie Shroff).For the


ease of having a smaller name he is called as Medium Mia.He is also called


as 50-50 as he takes 50% of every deal.We come to know that the diamonds


were actually stolen by his men.The diamonds are to be send to Bade Mia in


Dubai.Medium Mia tightens the noose around the 3 models to getback the


diamonds.The models try to act smart and a sort of war takes place between


the models and the gangsters,as the models plan to get out of the trap of


underworld.Some twists later the 2 hour moviefinally ends.


Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Shroff have already


burnt their fingers in film


production.Boom was a big gamble for them and after


watching the movie and the


rampant availability of its VCD are a signal that


movie will be a dud at the box-office.The Shroffs


though deserve kudos for making Boom a really big


film.The movie is extensively shot in Dubai.It has


limousines,fashion shows and much portion


is shot in the world's best 5 star hotel Burj al-Arab in Dubai.The


costumes have been


designed by ace designers like Rohit Bal and Hemant


Trivedi.Infact Rohit Bal is present in the movie as


well in a silly fight with Javed Jaffery.


The much hyped cameo by Bo


Derek also looks forced.She tries to recerate the


magic by coming out of sea,in the same way as she came


in the 1979 hit 10,but she also fails to look good in


an Asian dress and lots of jewellery.Kaizad faulters


again when he makes Zeenat Aman to dance on the top of


a table to the tune of her cult Ash Bhonsle number


'Dum Maaro Dum'.Zeenat although still in shape looks a


pale image of her past.The director has tried to add


authenticity to the characters by using their real


life photographs while giving their introduction.So u


get to see Amitabh,Zeenat and Gulshan Grover in their


pics right from their childhood till the present


day.Infact Gustad also shows a famous photograph


featuring Amitabh and Zeenat Aman from the movie 'The


Great Gambler' to show their younger days.The film has


some scenes which wont be liked by the family


audience.The secene where Jackie talks to the 3 models


for the first time is really cheap.The way he


approaches his hands towards Madhu's chest is rather


sick.Suddenly his body language suggests that he need


to go to the loo.After a while u realise that there


was a woman sitting beneath Jackie's table who did


something with him and so he rushed to the


loo!!!!!!!!!In the same scene Javed discusses with


Jackie the 'rates' of women from Supermodels to


Desi-queens.I doubt whether such things will be


accepted the way they are shown even by the urban


audience.The way Gulshan Grover slits the neck of a


man and he is shown dying slowly after being


'Halaal-Cut'is in bad taste.


For the performances,Padmalakshmi is the most


disappointing of the 3 models.Katrina Kaif is also not


far behind as she yet again proves that MOST female


models cannot act.However,Madhu Sapre looks quite


confident and is the only one who acts.Javed Jaffery


irritates throghout the movie.He had sung the famous


'Mumbhai..' song in Gustad's 'Bombay Boys' and had


expressed a desire to act in a Gustad film.He is stuck


with the same image and his pelvic thrusts in his


introduction scene are tasteless and hopelessly vulgar.Zeenat Aman still


looks good but has nothing much to act.As


expected,Amitabh again gives a loud and irritating


performance.I guess he has developed this habit of


going over the top in the recent past.He is loud and


plays to the gallery without any success in a role


which has strong shades of Naseer's role in Bombay


Boys..Still his performance is not the worst


performance of the movie.That is reserved for Jackie


Shroff.Jackie probably gives the worst performance of


his life in his home production.His performance is


sure to get brickbats from both the critics as well as


his dwindling number of fans.The only decent


performance surprisingly comes from Gulshan Grover.In


a role which gave him ample scope to go over the


top,Grover underplays his character and gives a decent


performance.


So we see that piracy has entered every corner


of the country.The VCD had 'Working Copy Not For


Showing' written throghout the movie.However the cable


guy did not telecast the full movie as either the


police must have raided his place or the VCD was not


full.Plus the pirated version has no songs and picture


quality also is not great.That notwithstanding still


showing 85% of the movie weeks before it is supposed


to be released has dampened all the hopes(if any at


all) of Boom doing a good business.I condemn the


piracy wind but am thankful to the cable guy who


showed most of the movie and saved many of the people


residing in Delhi from watching this 2 hour torcher on


big screen.


P.S.-READ the comments by me as review is not complete.


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