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Review: Shake-a-leg-a Doom Doom!
This Friday's new release Shaka Laka Boom Boom has nothing to offer with respect to entertainment or creativity. The plot meanders big time.
Will the luck of Hindi film audiences ever smile?
That seems to be the pertinent question week after week I ask myself as I sit to write reviews.
  
The problem with designer films with ensemble cast is that the money can buy the look or the texture of a Yashraj or a K Jo production; but what about the soul of the film - the screenplay and the dialogues.
 
Shakalaka Boom Boom has got a good storyline, so what if it is ripped off a more than two decade old Hollywood production; however the execution is completely novice.
 
The opening shot of Kangana leaving with a pistol in tow is straight out of her own debut film Gangster.
  
The film tells the story of a music icon AJ (Bobby Deol). He takes fancy to Ruhi (Kangana). The problem arises when a new bloke Reggie (Upen) arrives on the scenario.
 
He is much more talented and gifted than AJ, AJ feels threatened by Reggie’s talent. To aggravate things Ruhi falls for Reggie charms; much to the chagrin of Celina Jaitley. Bobby and Celina plot to finish off Upen and succeed too. However the karmic cycle catches up with Bobby and before Kangana can shoot him; a freak accident leaves Bobby deaf.
 
The biggest weakness of the film is its music. A musical ought to have some great numbers. None of the songs holds interest, forget music making any kind of impact.  Is Himesh Reshammiya already suffering a burn-out syndrome?
 
The story is very good but the spineless screenplay takes the life out of the film. The structure of the plot could have been much stronger and thus held on to viewers’ interest.
 
The cinematography complements the opulent production design. Choreography is good. Directorially Suniel Darshan is inconsistent. He handles a few scenes deftly, while a few others fall flat.
 
Bobby has a complex negative role and he is brilliant in a couple of scenes, particularly the scene where he asks Kangana to sleep with him. The angst, the hurt, the frustration fanned ruthlessness, comes out very tellingly.
 
Kangana, who won laurels for Gangster; is inconsistent in her first conventional leading role. She needs to work on her comic timing or here mis-timing.
 
Upen Patel is passable. Celina Jaitley is still trying to get a grip on acting and the effort shows; but hey, how come she has put on oodles on her once fab bod, now flab bod.
 
A rich production with a poor structure sums up Shaka Laka Boom Boom.
 
 
 
Rating : 4 on 10

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