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Shakalaka Boom Boom
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Shakalaka Boom Boom

Reviewer's Summary - Below Average

Language: Hindi
Year: Released on April 6, 2007 in the U.S.
Actors: Bobby Deol, Kangana Ranaut, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitley
Director: Suneel Darshan
Producer: Suneel Darshan
Story: Suneel Darshan
Screenplay: Rajesh Pandey
Dialogs: Anurag Kashyap
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer

For a movie that's ostensibly about the rivalry between two singers, the music in Shakalaka Boom Boom turns out to be pretty mediocre.

But its ordinary music is only one of our gripes about Shakalaka Boom Boom, which is inspired by the Hollywood flick Amadeus.

Starring a collection of Bollywood misfits such as Bobby Deol, Upen Patel, Kangana Ranaut and Celina Jaitley, Shakalaka Boom Boom is yet another distressing reminder of the paucity of talent in the Bombay (now Mumbai) film industry.

Bobby Deol is painful to contemplate as an actor. Devoid even of the most basic acting capabilities, it's easy to understand why the youngest son of Dharmendra still remains a C-grade star and has never made it into the Bollywood big league.

Shakalaka Boom Boom's two other lead performers Upen Patel and Kangana Ranaut are only a few notches better than Bobby Deol in the acting department.

How this untalented troika of Bobby Deol, Upen Patel and Kangana Ranaut ended up in movies is a mystery known only to the almighty. None of them would pass a screen test. Fortunately, the svelte Celina Jaitley has a fairly small role in the movie.

Set in New York (but filmed in South Africa), Shakalaka Boom Boom is about the extents that a successful singer AJ (Bobby Deol) will go to thwart the ambitions of his more talented rival Reggie (Upen Patel). And since when did New York become the epicenter of Hindi music?

To further aggravate AJ, the lady on whom he has set his sights Ruhi Parker (Kangana Ranaut) spurns him for Reggie. AJ now becomes a man obsessed with destroying Reggie. And he almost does.

The ending is as flat as the rest of this below-average movie.

If you plan on seeing Shakalaka Boom Boom hoping for some super-fine music, fuggedaboutit. Dil Lagaayenge and Saathiya are two songs that have a fast beat but that's about all. These are not songs that are classic but of run of the mill ilk. The other songs are completely forgettable.

With a so-so story, bad actors, mediocre music and ordinary photography, Shakalaka Boom Boom has virtually nothing going for it.

Built on such a weak scaffolding, director Suneel Darshan doesn't have much to work with and the result shows in the movie.

There were only about a dozen Desis at the CinePlaza theatre in North Bergen, New Jersey on Sunday April 8, a testament to Shakalaka Boom Boom's lack of appeal to the NRIs in the New York and New Jersey area. - Copyright SearchIndia.com.


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