Shakalaka Boom Boom

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This article is about the film. For the Brianna and Flo Rida song, see Boom Shacka. For the Star Plus TV series, see Shaka Laka Boom Boom.
Shakalaka Boom Boom
Movie poster for Shakalaka Boom Boom
Directed by Suneel Dharshan
Produced by Suneel Dharshan
Written by Anurag Kashyap
Starring Bobby Deol
Upen Patel
Kangna Ranaut
Celina Jaitley
Language Hindi
Box office 6 crores

Shakalaka Boom Boom is a 2007 Indian thriller drama film directed and produced by Suneel Darshan and written by Anurag Kashyap. The film stars Bobby Deol, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitley and Kangna Ranaut in the lead. It released on 6 April 2007.

Shakalaka Boom Boom is based on conflicts and the power game involved in the functioning of the music industry. The film was partly shot in South Africa. Upon release the film was panned by critics and flopped at the box office, though the acting of newcomer Upen Patel was very praised, as well as Bobby Deol's role as a first-time villain. The movie worked for the musical fans.

Plot summary[edit]

Shakalaka Boom Boom follows the tale of a jealous, selfish and greedy music artist, AJ (Bobby Deol). AJ is one of the finest music artists in the industry, and is currently under a stop since he can't think of a new project. AJ is in love with the hot and sexy Ruhi (Kangna Ranaut) and hopes to tell her how he feels. However, a wannabe singer, Reggie (Upen Patel) appears who falls in love with Ruhi and woos her before AJ can. Therefore, AJ swears to destroy Reggie's career, and hence comes into Reggie's life as his friend. Getting him drunk, getting him smoking, is all that AJ has been doing to Reggie, and Reggie even loses control and passes out. One day, AJ finds out all Reggie's secrets, and gets him so drunk that he has liver-fail. Reggie in the state of dying, AJ takes all his music-notes and beats, and flees from the place. Then Ruhi shows up and takes him to the hospital. He is placed into the operation section duet to the failure of his liver, and then onwards, Ruhi plans to destroy AJ's career just like he did to Reggie.

Though, Ruhi does not know that AJ isn't alone, he also has his hidden agenda with Reggie's ex-girlfriend Sheena (Celina Jaitley) who is now a bigshot due to AJ. AJ and Sheena together publish Reggie's music at their own, and it goes onto becoming a big hit. At the music-signing, Ruhi gets her gun out, though it doesn't seem to work. She seems that's it, though Karma has a different plan in mind. Due to her gun not working, she leaves and as she leaves, a disco ball randomly falls on top of AJ's head. He is placed into the hospital, and the doctor declares him as he is now deaf, and can't hear any music anymore. The ending shows him going to hell, and Reggie waking up to a better life, as he and Ruhi have now proved that the music is really his.


Box office[edit]

Because it had a controlled budget the film didn't do too badly but only grossed about 4.5 crores in the first week and its total net gross was 6 crores altogether. Boxoffice-india declared the film a flop.


Critical reception[edit]

Shakalaka Boom Boom attracted negative reviews from top critics of India. Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times rated the film with 1 out of 5 stars. Shakti Salgaokar of DNA gave movie a one and half stars and wrote in his review, "It's simple — sexual innuendo, potshots at popular films, bad mimicry, foreign locations, a generous dose of overacting, an item song and a gora villain. And as he magnificently presents the climax of the film. Spare us the comedy, please?" Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India said, "This one's definitely not for the fastidious, choosy viewer but for those who don't mind losing it for a bit, Shakalaka Boom Boom works like an average Bollywood musical. Performance-wise, it's one big circus with the guys hogging most of the limelight. The girls — Kangna and Celina — are mere confetti" and gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Taran Adarsh also gave it 3 out of 5 stars, saying "It's a well-crafted entertainer and lives up to the expectations of its target audience — the youth. At the box-office, its business at the multiplexes will help it generate good revenue, making it a profitable proposition for its investors."

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