Boss (2013): Movie Review; A decent enough Akshay Kumar starrer Bollywood action comedy

Boss review

Boss, is the official remake of a Malayalam Blockbuster titled “Pokkiri Raja” and has almost all of the ingredients, which are essential features of a typical Bollywood Masala Flick- there is drama, mindless action, dance, droll and dramatic dialogue delivery. The plot of Akshay Kumar, starer Bollywood movie ‘Boss’ deals with a complex relationship between an ideological school teacher father (Satyakant Shastri played by Mithun Chakraborty) and his elder son (Surya / Boss /Akshay Kumar).  Satyakant Shastri is a Gandhian patriarch, an epitome of honesty and dignity who disowns a fiercely loyal and violence-prone son. Surya operates as the chief force of Big Boss (Danny Denzompa). Big Boss is a modern Robin Hood & rules over the historical land of Kurukshetra. Big Boss treats Surya as his successor and it’s from him that Surya inherits the title – “Boss”. Surya’s younger brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) falls in love with Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari), whose elder brother is Ayushman Thakur (renowned Television actor Ronit Roy).  Being an Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police Ayushman Thakur indirectly works as the ‘legal’ hit man for the villainous Home Minister Pradhan (Govind Namdev).  Thus, Ayushman uses his influence and drags Shiv into a rape case. The climax of the film is left for Surya to deal with the powerful Ayushman Thakur and also to make Satyakant Shastri realize from deep within his heart that his elder son Boss is not a bad guy.  The film also features veteran actor Parikshit Sahani as Satyakant’s friend ‘Raghunath’ and ace comedian Johny Lever in a cameo.

Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly a versatile actor but unfortunately directors like Anthony D’ Souza are wasting his skills in such silly masala movies. Earlier in 2013, in Milan Lutharia’s “Once upon a time in Mumbai – Dobaara”, Akshay Kumar acted as the evil Shoaib Khan and the film suffered a huge loss at the box office because Akshay Kumar failed to carry forward the image of Shoaib Khan, as created by Emran Hashmi in its prequel. This time Akshay has tried his level best to bring ‘Boss’ alive and does something which he could do the best. In the supporting cast, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzompa, Govind Namdev, Aakash Dhabade, Parikshit Sahani, Shiv Pandit and Aditi Rao Hydari make the most of the limited opportunities that come their way.

The most prominent feature of Boss is perhaps the arrival of a new stylish bad man in Bollywood, in the form of the renowned TV actor Ronit Roy (of Balaji Daily Soap fame), who also debuted on big screen as a chocolate faced romantic hero in the musical hit of 90’s “Jaan Tere Naam”. In this new innings of his career, Ronit Roy truly excels as the evil ACP Ayushman Thakur (a character which is just opposite of what he enacted in Karan Johar’s teenage love story “Student of the Year”.  Ronit Roy’s cold blooded dialogue delivery and personality really suited the character of the corrupt cop. The climax sequence, where the hero fights the villain emerges as the most entertaining part of this Bollywood flick. This is perhaps the very beginning of Ronit Roy, playing the negative character in Bollywood Industry. We hope he will play more of such strong negative roles in the years to come & would cement his utility yet again on Big Screen, this time as an anti-hero.  Ronit`s very first scene in the film, where he murders a group of goons and thereafter burns & buries their dead bodies, sets the flavor of Director Anthony D`Souza`s cinematic precision & his acute love for Hollywood thrillers. Something which Anthony D’ Souza has tried earlier with his debut film “Blue”, which featured huge star cast like Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Zaed Khan, Katrina Kaiff and his favourite hero Akshay Kumar but unfortunately for Anthony D’ Souza, “Blue” was fully rejected by the Indian audiences and hence, it flopped miserably at the box office, despite showcasing a decent effort by its cast & crew.

The Cinematography of “Boss” is a department which has shaped up quite well but the Music department (including the remix version of the Feroze Khan, Sridevi, Anil Kapoor & Dimple Kapadia starer ‘Jaanbaaz’’s hit song – “har kissi ko nahin milta yahan pyaar zingegi mein”, originally composed by Channi Singh) seemed ordinary.

Boss is a typical action comedy, which cater to the ‘Dabang’ / “Rowdy Rathore” genre & only if you enjoy such kinds of mindless action-comedy flicks then ‘Boss’ should be the right choice for you. Every moment in “Boss” is a celebration of filmy conventions derived from decades of mainstream Bollywood entertainment.  In West Bengal the distribution of Boss has been backed by Shree Venkatesh Films Private Limited. After producing a super hit Tollywood entertainer like Mishawr Rawhosyo during the Kolkata Durga Puja, Shree Venkatesh Films must be feeling all the more optimistic regarding the commercial success of this Bollywood Masala Potboiler in West Bengal.

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SanjibSanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and have written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena. He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA.
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