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Release date: 16 October 2013
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Johnny Lever, Parikshit Sahani, Ronit Roy
Director: Anthony D’Souza
Producer: Ashwin Varde
Music Director: Meet Bros Anjjan, Chirantan Bhatt
The film starts off with a flashback set in a village of Haryana where Boss (Akshay Kumar) and his younger brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) live with their father (Mithun Chakraborthy). Boss is shown as a short tempered boy who ends up getting into a big fight with his classmate and eventually lands himself in jail over this. Fed up with his son’s temperament, Boss’s father disowns him and soon things take a u-turn as Boss is adopted by a kindhearted gangster named Big Boss (Danny Denzongpa).
Soon enough, the story moves to the present day situation where Shiv falls in love with Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari) who is the sister of a brutal cop named Ayushman Mathur (Ronit Roy). Soon enough Ayushman is hell-bent on ruining Shiv’s life and then as expected Boss comes to Shiv’s rescue.
Will Boss be able to take on the deadly Ayushman and save his brother from his clutches? The answer to that is what forms the rest of the story of ‘Boss’.
Akshay Kumar manages to make his audiences go into raptures as he slips into the role of Boss with infallible comfort. His spirited performance is the film’s singular stronghold and though this isn’t amongst his most mesmeric performances, he manages to flaunt his star value with grace and charisma.
Shiv Pandit was insignificant and the opinion on him would be unanimous that a actor of greater caliber could have done the role more justly!
Aditi Rao Hydari has no role to play besides looking ravishing in one bikini scene she was assigned. Besides that the role which the talented actress had acquired could might as well be essayed by any junior artiste. The film was a sheer waste of her talent!
Danny Denzongpa was unflappable and though this is surely not one of Mithun’s most memorable roles, he gave the character more meat than it originally would have had.
Ronit Roy puts up a zealous performance and though the actor deserved greater screen presence to make his role more lucid but the actor nevertheless matches up Akshay’s stature and is grand is every scene!
Though ‘Boss’ is the remake of a 2010 Malayalam film titled ‘Pokkiri Raja’ that starred Mammootty and Prithviraj, the best part of Akshay’s ‘Boss’ is that it is not straight scene-to-scene remake of the original. Interestingly, while the Malayalam version was a serious film, ‘Boss’ is quite comical.
After watching ‘Boss’, one can easily say that no one can match Akshay when it comes to action comedies. He is splendid in every frame and leaves no room for the viewer to doubt his abilities. Right from Akshay’s dialogue delivery to his funny expressions, he is completely in top form.
The action sequences between Ronit and Akshay are worth watching out for. Ronit is awesome as a corrupt cop and is a master stroke in every way. The film’s comic sequences are another big positive for the film. The other cast members including Shiv Pandit and Aditi are pretty decent while veterans Danny, Johnny Lever, Mithun, and Sanjay Mishra do justice to their roles.
The one thing that may disappoint the viewers is the movie’s masala theme which is as old as the hills and one feels that the script could have been a little more engaging. Also the climax is rather cliched and could have been shot in an interesting fashion rather than the focus on the over-emotional sequences between Akshay and Mithun.
While the first half of the film moves at a decent pace, the second half does not keep pace and ends up being a drag by the end. Shiv Pandit and Aditi’s romantic sequences are not very impactful.
The music of ‘Boss’ is quite strong especially the title track. The editing by Rameshwar Bhagat is sharp while Laxman Utekar’s cinematography is brilliant. The dialogues, whether comic or serious, have quite an impact on the audiences.
Director Anthony has played his cards smartly by guessing what the Hindi movie-goers long for and accordingly he has made his ‘Boss’ as a pure masala entertainer. Even though his debut venture ‘Blue’ turned out to be a box-office disaster, this time around he made a smart choice by opting to make something light and visually appealing.
Overall, Akshay once again proves that he is the real boss of action comedies. Though this film has all the regular cliched commercial elements that are present in all masala films, ‘Boss’ is still worth a watch.