Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and Half Stars)
Director: Anthony D’Souza
What’s Good: It is a solidly magnetizing film which yields Akshay’s star power to the fullest. Filled with flattering dialogues and solid action, the film is an adequately superlative masala flick.
What’s Bad: Over-the-top melodrama and incoherent romantic track between Shiv Pandit and Aditi Rao Hydari teamed with a diluted screenplay.
Loo break: Some.
Watch or Not?: Boss is an exceedingly noisy film and yet is tremendous fun in parts. Vividly conventional, Anthony D’Souza’s Boss fits in the unoriginal moulds of Bollywood’s recent recipes of masala flicks. However, the overused plot still manages to solidify simply because of Akshay Kumar’s panache that makes the film’s pulverizing action so delectable. There’s no reason why you should miss savoring this tremendously winsome film whose beating to the pulp action will have you from the word go!
Satyakant (Mithun Chakrabarty) is an upright man of principles who banishes his son Surya after the boy takes up the wrong path and ends up murdering a friend. The boy is picked up by the transport king Big Boss (Danny Denzongpa) and ends up being called Boss (Akshay Kumar), his Protege.
Years later, Boss’ path of life crosses again with his father when his little brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) ends up in jail for the crime of falling in love with the cop Ayushman Thakur’s (Ronit Roy) sister Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari). Hired to kill his own brother Shiv by Ankita’s fiance, Boss is a story of love, brotherhood, redemption and warmth.
Boss Review: Script Analysis
I am not afraid to point out that the film which I am guilty of enjoying marginally, has only a wafer thin plot to its credit. A son banished from his home by a righteous father and he later goes the wrong way by joining the mafia world is quite a known story. The homespun desi yarn reeks of mediocrity in both its conception and shoddy execution; I don’t understand why Bollywood’s filmmakers are constantly remaking South hits. There clearly is a dearth of freshness in ideas which is compelling filmmakers to resort to crassy formulaic films to earn their breads! The lack of passion is often attempted to be patched up in the garb of glossy frames and zestfully distracting action, but the lack of story in the film leaves behind a void hard to be repaired even with the best technical attempts.
The script invests heavily in its larger than life hero, Boss played by Akshay Kumar. Carefully and quite persistently the script diverts our attention from the loopholes of the plot and its continuity hitches, to ensure enough that its mistakes to escape our attention. The commonplace story uses Bollywood’s most used vintage formulas of family drama, an evil brother of the heroine and misunderstanding between a father and a son!
However, there is barely any reason to complain as the story swiftly shifts from one incident to another giving no time to apply logic on it. Working for its benefit, the film’s momentum lags in the first half which settles its ambiance. But as the story kicks in after interval – with its clap trap of dialogues, flashy songs and enterprising action, it keeps you hooked for a great share of its time.
I managed to allow myself a few laughs especially in the scene where Shiv and Akshay meet each other for the first time; the set up and its dialogues were so hilarious that I couldn’t save myself from falling prey to the film’s deliberate attempt to squeeze out applause. Though such scenes are in short in supply in the film that plans to work off completely based on banging thrills and corny jokes!
The romance track was both unbelievable and needless which showed a lack of intensity. Even the glowering villain was given such less screen space that your hatred for him deflates even before it had bloated completely! The triumph of our hero could have been so much more impactful had the film had been designed slightly more differently!
Boss Review: Star Performances
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!
Boss Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Anthony D’Souza was enroute to delivering a damp squib had it not been for harnessing the potential of his actor Akshay Kumar. Trapping his Khiladi side amply, the director dishes out an entertaining feat despite an unsteady screenplay. The only plus point about the screenplay was its uninteresting structuring. The fast pace does save the film’s grace, but the improper chalky characterization and an insincere execution defies the good work of its actors.
The music of the film is an enticing facet. The Honey Singh sang title track and item number are the film’s most high and energetic bits. Anthony D’Souza still manages to ensure that the film’s editing is crisply done and doesn’t tread for a minute longer than it should. The storytelling has seen a remarkable improvement since Blue days but has a lot more polishing to do before the man can ace the genre!
Boss Review: The Last Word
Akshay Kumar starrer Boss manages to indulge you in a feast of thrilling ugly action and crackling comedy with its crude and rustic premise. The film absorbs you in its tottering plot despite its puerile humor and thunderous action! Somehow even with all its blunders,because of Akshay Kumar alone Boss works. Though at points I found the film horrendously bizarre, I admittedly found myself getting entertained in several parts of the film. Giving a 2.5/5, the film is worth the price of your ticket compensating well in the enjoyment quotient, the value of every penny you put into this! Akshay Kumar single handedly saves the film from being a sore bore and that is reason enough why Boss deserves a definite shot!
Boss releases on 16th October, 2013.
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