Movie review: 'Boss'

Oct 17, 2013, 08:21 IST | Shubha Shetty-Saha

If dishum-dishum gets your adrenalin pumping harder, if high-in-the-air kicks give you a kick, may be you have a reason to be in the theatre watching 'Boss'

This movie knows only one language. From Danny Denzogpa, the Big Boss to the debutante actor Shiv (Shiv Pandit), almost every male in this film is beating the pulp out of some goon or the other at every given time and frame. The only exception is the gentle Masterji Satyakant Shastri (Mithun Chakraborthy), whose shining virtue is that he has only slapped twice in his life, in a world full of fist-happy men.

A still from the film

Boss is about the misunderstanding between Boss (Akshay Kumar) and his sometimes-limping, sometimes-not father, the Masterji, that happens over a murder. While the father disowns him, the Big Boss, impressed with his performance in a street brawl, adopts him. The father is forced to seek his help when the younger brother (Shiv) falls in love with a girl, Ankita (Aditi Rao Hyadari) and eventually gets caught in the clutches of her arrogant and corrupt policeman brother Ayushman Thakur (Ronit Roy).

The film gets on your nerves from the first reel itself, as violence is dished out in various forms, at every given opportunity. In spite of the presence of some stellar actors like Danny (still looking hot), Mithun and even Sanjay Mishra (who plays the coughing, sneezing sidekick of the Boss), one starts losing interest from the first reel itself. It is like getting a non-stop ringside-view of a fighting arena where people are researching new ways of smashing up each other’s faces. But it is Akshay Kumar’s entry, which breathes life into this film. Needless to say, the boss gets the wittiest lines, the coolest role and of course, he handles it with much aplomb. Once he comes on the screen, he manages to lighten up the scene and evokes some smirks and giggles.

Shiv Pandit is tolerable when he is not flying around and kicking people. Aditi Rao has nothing to do except look helpless and coy, as is expected from this testosterone-driven film. If you are an Akshay Kumar fan and appreciate his comic timing, watch this one. But if action is not your favourite genre, you have the full danger of coming out feeling as battered and beaten as one of those innumerable goons in the film. 

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