Directed by Kaizad Gustad.  UK. 2003.

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When the fashion world meets the underworld…
It’s being billed as the must-see crossover film of 2003. With its dynamic storyline, spectacular performances and stunning outfits by India’s top international designers, Boom is a slick, stylish, roller-coaster ride through Mumbai’s chic fashion industry and notorious underworld. The eagerly awaited film by groundbreaking director Kaizad Gustad will soon be released internationally with its world premiere in London. 

Bringing together an impressive international cast and crew including screen legends Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jaaved Jaaferi and Jackie Shroff, Boom sees a dramatic comeback by former Bollywood stunner Zeenat Aman. The film also features Indian supermodels Katrina Kaif, Padma Lakshmi and Madhu Sapre and Hollywood legend Bo Derek makes waves with a spectacular cameo appearance.

A prestigious diamond-encrusted fashion show set against the amazing backdrop of the Gateway of India goes horribly wrong… a scuffle between the models breaks out on the catwalk revealing a hidden stash of smuggled diamonds stolen by notorious underworld criminals. Everyone clambers to snatch the loot. From then on it’s a cat and mouse game between the gangsters and the models to get the antique diamonds back. 

There are no heroes, or heroines, everyone is a villain trying to outwit each other. Boom is a larger than life, over the top, black comedy, neither arthouse, nor commercial, neither parallel nor Bollywood, Boom is all of the above, and yet retains its own individualistic flair and panache. If Hollywood was ever to meet Bollywood on its own turf, Boom would be it. 

Produced by Ayesha Shroff of Quest Films, Boom is an action-packed, thrilling ride through the worlds of couture fashion, big money and the seedy underworld of Mumbai and Dubai with hilarious consequences. With a glamorous ensemble cast, Boom is certain to be one of the most successful crossover Asian films to date. Scripted in English and with its universal cutting edge theme, Boom has the ability to capture the international audience’s imagination.

The progressive soundtrack by Xlantic Music Group features original music by Mercury Award winning artist Talvin Singh, Sandeep Chowta and Rishi Rich amongst many others.  David Fischer, CEO of Xlantic Music Group, and an Executive Producer of the film said “This is the biggest thing since sliced naan!”

“I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote Boom. I don’t know what anyone was thinking when they let me make it. Now that it’s made, I’m still trying to figure it out. If it’s a new ride you’re after, Boom might be your ticket. Just don’t bring your mother!’’  Kaizad Gustad. 

Nigel Watson
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