Reviewing the Reviews: Boss didn’t deserve more than 2 stars

21 Oct,2013

By Deepa Gahlot



Directed by Anthony D’Souza

Starring Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit & Ronit Roy


This one’s every critic’s nightmare, the kind of film for which it’s hard to point out any positives, but the moviegoing public watches with relish. In the case of Anthony D’Souza’s Boss, even this low-brow and forgiving audience has turned up its nose.  Maybe Akshay Kumar should reinvent himself since Salman Khan has cornered the market for action comedies and Ajay Devgn for pure South-style action. There’s no more room at the top.


Ratings could not go beyond two, which is understandable, the film didn’t deserve more


Rajeev Masand of wrote, “Directed by Anthony D’Souza, who helmed that awful underwater adventure ‘Blue’, this remake of the Malayalam hit ‘Pokkiri Raja’ is packed with lengthy flashbacks, cringe-inducing melodrama, and the kind of pedestrian dialogues that evoke memories of bad ’80s potboilers. The action scenes are surprisingly gruesome, their effect amplified by the sound design. The film’s gags, meanwhile, are uniformly juvenile.”


Sukanya Verma on commented, “In the plausibility-challenged schemes of Boss, a teen, tanned version of Hindi-speaking Akshay Kumar hurling a volley of coconuts on Sudesh Berry’s unsuspecting skull grows up to be full-grown, fair and fit Haryanvi-spewing Akshay Kumar making audible mincemeat out of the baddies. Needless to say, it all takes place in slow motion. As if the monotony wasn’t stretching long enough!”


Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave up at the start, “Within a few minutes of the opening, I knew this is one of those flicks you can watch with your ears. Dhadaak, khachhaak, crrruunch, thapppadd, dhachhaak. And krrrrich, bhadaang, dhadaam. And when Boss aka Akshay Kumar decides to take a break from pulverizing bones and flashing cleavers and blowing up cars, it becomes dhinchak, dhinchak, dhinchaaak! The soundtrack is a faithful raconteur of the Boss’s (Kumar) exploits in his turn as a rowdy from Haryana, in another ‘South remake’ after Rowdy Rathore. For a minute I thought I was back in Rathore land, because there were Sonakshi and Prabhudeva shaking a leg with Akshay. For all intents and purposes, this could be called Rowdy 2, because Akshay does exactly what he does in that earlier film, but with different co-stars, and a plot that is totally subservient to labelling him Boss every two minutes.”


Vinayak Chakravorty of India Today quite rightly pointed out that Boss simply went for a toss. “It is one thing creating a Guinness record with the world’s biggest poster as a publicity gig for your film and quite another being Bollywood’s biggest boss. Akshay Kumar has done the former to hardsell his new film, and he has been gunning for the latter over the decades. If box-office records could be manufactured like Guinness-compatible posters, Akshay would have wrested them long ago. Boss once again underlines the aimlessness that has largely dominated Akshay’s career in his race for the top. The film rides his stardom from the moment he enters the frame about 40 minutes into the runtime. Only, what follows has nothing new to offer.”


Nandini Ramnath of Mint felt that a walk in the park would be better than enduring this film. “There’s enough bone-shattering violence in Boss to make you wonder about the film’s UA certificate. Forget the children, whose innocence might be lost forever after sitting through over 2 hours of action sequences strung together in a semblance of a plot, and spare a thought for the grown-ups. The dialogue, by lousy punning specialists Farhad-Sajid, is juvenile; the actors go through the motions; the action wouldn’t look like anything if it ran at its normal speed instead of in slow motion.”


Karan Anshuman of Mumbai Mirror mused, “T here was a time when homicidal maniacs who killed for fun and games were referred to as the antihero. Now take the same chaps and give them a sense of humor, selective altruism, and they’re heroes for the masses. As long as a flamboyant hero’s intent is in place, whether he delivers or not and regardless of his past, he is who you are to root for.”


Saibal Chatterjee of wrote, “A Haryanvi hunk, supine on a charpoy atop a truck, arrives at a granary and proceeds to kick up plenty of heat and dust. His grand entry is accompanied by ear-splitting background music. Here to ward off a posse of criminals, he takes up position on the right of the frame.


His main foe, the leader of the hoarders, asks him why. The protagonist’s answer is as predictable as it is daft: haven’t you heard that the boss is always right? He repeats that line ad nauseam through the film. Unfortunately, for all the pain that he inflicts on himself and the audience, this boss is never quite right.”


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