Boom boomerangs

The beauties and the least.

The beauties and the least.  

Boom (HINDI)

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Padma Lakshmi, Madhu Sapre

Dir: Kaizad Gustad

Music: Sandeep Chowta

EVER THOUGHT of finding a cure for your affinity towards Bollywood films? Well, here it comes. You watch it once, and you won't feel like going near a cinema hall in a hurry. Half an hour into this experimental Boom, you wish director Kaizad Gustad had not gone in for any experimentation, that he had stayed the usual course, that he had given us the same lost-and-found formula film. It would have given us the comfort of the predictable, the joy of knowing what to expect.

Alas! He tries to step beyond the stereotype and ends up falling flat on his face with a film that he claimed you could watch with your family. Truth to tell, it is not a film you can watch even in splendid isolation and all the familiar flexibility of norms it often brings in tow. It operates in moral anomie, one wishes it has stayed there too.

No, Boom is no experimental cinema. It is no crossover cinema. It is no parallel cinema. It is no Bollywood potboilers either. It is just a film gone horribly, absolutely horribly, awry. From snooping camera angles and rumbustious music to girls who seek to flatter you with the shamelessness of exposure and some seasoned actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff ready to mouth the most vulgar of innuendos, this is one journey that takes you nowhere. Clearly, Boom boomerangs.

On the face of it, the film comes with delightful possibilities. There is Amitabh Bachchan, ageing most gracefully, and as an actor bolder than ever before. Now open to experiments, now trying out something he did not at the peak of his career, he is now game for almost anything. There is Jackie Shroff too, sporting enough for novelty over last couple of years. There are Gulshan Grover and Jaaved Jaferi, under-utilised but talented in their own right.

With them is Zeenat Aman, making a comeback to the tunes of Hare Rama Hare Krishna. And then there are beauties like Madhu Sapre, Padma Lakshmi and Katrina Kaif. Enough to make you itch for the film? Well, yes. The hype helped too. And in a rare case, the constant postponement of the release date only helped in increasing the curiosity levels of eager filmgoers.

The film also has an interesting plot. It goes beyond the guy-meets-gal or the anti-hero format. Here the characters are not white. They are not grey. They are all black, quite unlike anything seen on the Hindi film screen.

That is where reality takes over. The film opens as a chase for million dollar diamonds. The diamonds had been hidden away as part of hairdo by models on the ramp. There are four men in need of those pearls. Three lovely women are in possession. None of the men is above deceit or scruples to find his way.

What could have been a fascinating game of cat and mouse degenerates into a lurid affair with frequent one-liners aimed below the belt, many shots of ribald intimacy and even those hinting at self-love. One does not have to have a degree in human behaviour to understand where Kaizad is aiming. It is sad. It is disgusting. In one word, Boom goes bust.


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