Picture this: The entry scene of Boss has Akshay Kumar and he beats the gundas to the pulp (the usual, right?), while music is being played in the background on huge speakers with a few cheer-girls in ghaghra-cholis cheering for him. Music stops, Boss’s energy goes down and in comes his henchmen, who creates music for Boss on drums. Huh!?
Director: Anthony D’Souza
Actors: Akshay Kumar, Ronit Roy, Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Dengzonpa, Sanjay Mishra, Parikshit Sahani and Johnny Lever
Music: Meet Bros Anjjan, Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh, P.A.Deepak
This and quite a few scenes along with the plot make you want to understand whether Hindi films these days are trying to hide the fact that there is a serious lack of good writers in the industry. No wonder, you have the industry rushing South for scripts which are seriously questionable. You also wonder why the filmmakers are not picking up some fabulous stories from Down Under which have, in fact, worked well there. To cut the point short, director Anthony D’Souza is the guy whose debut film happened to be the very forgettable ‘Blue‘. A ‘heavy’ act to follow, Boss is the remake of the Malayalam ‘Pokkiri Raja‘. Remake is not a bad idea but only when you make some sense of the wafer-thin story.
Robin Hood of Kurukshetra, transport king and contract killer with noble ideals Big Boss (Danny ‘still looking good’ Dengzonpa) adopts Surya (Akshay Kumar) when the latter saves the life of Big Boss. Surya becomes Boss but still carries his past with him. 15 years ago, he found it difficult to live up to his Gandhian father Satyakant Shastri’s (Mithun Chakraborty) ideals and is always caught fighting against those who jeer his father. He saves his father from a jail term but misunderstanding leads to estrangement. Years later, Boss’s younger brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) falls for Ankita Thakur (Aditi Rao Hydari). The only hitch are her ambitious, her twisted brother ACP Ayushman Thakur (Ronit oh-so-hot Roy) and big politician Vishwas Pradhan (Govind Namdeo) whose leech of a son is engaged to Ankita. A few trumped charges and Shiv is in jail. Satyakant goes to his lost son so as to save Shiv.
Time and again, we always speak of how a good story and screenplay always counts but the makers of ‘Boss‘ seem to think that if you have Akshay Kumar in the lead, you can fool the public. Ho-hum is how you would like to call this film’s story – typically run-of-the-mill revenge drama. The beginning half is so cliched and slow that you seriously consider running away. Only when Akshay makes an appearance, you breathe easily. But what saves this story from being down right trashy are some fabulous dialogues by Farhad-Sajid. The best of punches and stunt are saved for Akshay and the Haryanvi humour and tashan rocks. Director D’Souza seems to have learnt a lesson from Blue and made sure that once Akshay makes his entrance, he stays on screen. Paisa Vasool. But then, there is nothing to credit D’Souza as a director – Akshay Kumar, dialogue writers, action director Anal Arasu and some mean music do their part well.
Akshay seems to have mastered the art of churning out good formulaic film. The moment he makes him appearance, your eyes are only on him. Also he finds a good opponent in Ronit Roy as the pure evil ACP Thakur. Apart from some serious evil performance, in the grand finale fight between him and Akki, you actually want to take your eyes off Akki and stare at Ronit. You are actually amused to hear Danny Dengzonpa talk in Haryanvi but he also makes you wish for actors of his caliber. The rest of the actors are just wasted. You are still trying to figure out why actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari, Govind Namdeo and Parikshit Sahani are wasted here.
On the note of being critical, the music of a whole lot of music directors fits the masala movie criteria. While the cinematography by Laxman Uterkar and editing by Ramesh S and Bhagat keep the film’s pace and look great, a special mention needs to be made of Leslie Fernandes, whose sound design work adds spice to this action film.
If you have any doubts of whether to watch this film, listen to this advice – only three thing make Boss a good entertainer, Akshay Kumar, Akshay Kumar and Akshay Kumar. Good stunts, good dialogues and a menacing Ronit Roy are the flavours which make this Akki-starrer watchable. If still stuck with doubt, then just know– The boss is always right.