Boom time?

AT LAST, Kaizad Gustad's "Boom" is likely to release this Friday. The film boasts of an impressive star cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Javed Jaffri, models Katrina Kaif, Madhu Sapre, Padma Lakshmi, former Hollywood sex symbol Bo Derek and Zeenat Aman. The story revolves around three supermodels and their underworld connections with Bade Mia, a flamboyant don, played by Big B. Last time around when Jackie Shroff produced a film ("Grahan") it took three years for the film to see the light of day due to financial problems.

Now Jackie's wife Ayesha Shroff is the producer and unfortunately this time also the film was embroiled in financial problems, which have been sorted out last week. Amitabh Bachchan was given the satellite rights of the film as his salary and Sahara TV will be telecasting it.

But distributors were shocked when pirated VCDs of this Rs. 18-crore film flooded the market a week before its release. Those who saw the VCD say that it looks like a slick soft-porn film with all those uncensored scenes. The theatre version, however, will have 18 cuts ordered by the Censor Board.

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