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October 16, 2013

Horrible bosses

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 8:10 pm

October 16, 2013

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Ronit Roy, Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari, Govind Namdeo

Director: Anthony D’Souza

There’s an unwritten rule in film reviewing: thou shall not be prejudiced against a movie before watching it. Ironically, that rule must be sidestepped if one attempts to review an Akshay Kumar film with fairness. Think about it. Unless you’re able to accept and move on from the fact that a majority of his movies are brainless, tasteless affairs, how do you survive a film like Boss while still trying to be fair to it?

The problem here is that despite making those concessions – the movie requires that you apply neither common sense nor taste – Boss is still a pretty forgettable film.

Akshay Kumar bashes, slams, clobbers and punches his way through the 2 hours 24 minutes running time of this movie, even as the sound of every crunched bone and displaced jaw echoes through your ears. Akshay’s playing Boss, a good-humored goonda who accepts a contract to bump off Shiv (Shaitaan’s Shiv Pandit), an innocent fellow in love with a sadistic police officer’s sister. The cop (Ronit Roy) has promised to marry his sister (Aditi Rao Hydari, memorable only for a ‘bikini moment’) to the idiot son of a corrupt minister he’s in cahoots with. But Boss learns that Shiv is in fact the brother he was estranged from when their father (Mithun Chakraborty) disowned him as a child.

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. Roughly half a dozen times, bad guys are kicked or whacked in the crotch; another time Akshay asks a fellow to be careful where he’s sitting or a nail might hurt his “ande”. He plants a bomb in a bad guy’s backside naming it “Bum chiki bum” even as Shakti Kapoor shows up with a pair of pliers to disengage it from the man’s anatomy. And in one scene, talking about a girl he rescued, Akshay says he regards her as his sister, after whom he named his truck “Behen ki lorry”. Get it?

Only occasionally you catch glimpses of Akshay’s famed comic timing, especially in a scene in which he mock fights with Shiv to throw off the bad guys. Talented actors like Mithun Chakraborty, and even Danny Denzongpa, playing Akshay’s adoptive father Big Boss, are completely wasted, while Ronit Roy as the permanently scowling cop appears to be the only actor taking this drivel seriously.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five. Neither original, nor entertaining, this Boss deserves to be fired!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Worst film.

    Comment by Ajay — October 16, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  2. The Boss is Very Wrong Film…..fake Action…same like Zila GajiaBad nd K786…

    Comment by Ajay — October 16, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  3. “Akshay says he regards her as his sister, after whom he named his truck “Behen ki lorry”. Get it?”

    Ah, the pain you must go through to sit through these movies. Maybe there should be a provision for reviewers to stop reviewing every new comedy movie made in India. Those who are stupid enough to again and again go watch these movies deserve to have their money wasted, and they should just make up their mind without these reviews. I read these reviews just to see how further Indian cinema has fallen in its crass and juvenile and crude humor, but it looks like Boss didn’t make it fall too far, which is a relief!

    Comment by Abhijeet Mishra — October 16, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

  4. Thanks for the honest review Rajeev.There are only two actors in bollywood (salman and akshay) who make nonsense movies like this and they make fools of the people by making this kind of crap.

    Comment by Deep joshi — October 16, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  5. Ha ha haaa.. Terrific review Rajeev. You’ve nailed this film completely. This is a re-make of “Pokkiri Raja” starring Mammootty and Prithviraj..? Well, I remember watching that. Stupid massala film. That was Prithvi’s way of poking at the audience “Well if you don’t make my art films a hit, then this is what you deserve”.. Stupid film but have to say its one of the biggest hits in malayalam EVER..!!!

    Comment by Sreejith — October 16, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  6. Wow. What a movie like akshay kumar style…….he played a role like he played in khiladi786

    Comment by deepak — October 16, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  7. I completely agree with your review. Off late, all Akshay Kumar’s movies have been juvenile with terrible plots, equally pathetic casts and a putrid sense of humor that does no good for the movie. I stopped going to his movies after Namaste London and looks like my avoid-the-bad-movie streak continues.

    Comment by Harneet — October 17, 2013 @ 1:02 am

  8. One will luv this movie if he goes with an open unbiased mind. “Bhai log total paisa vasool he ye picture”.

    Comment by sid — October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  9. Masand sir. I am not a fan of Akshay Kumar, neither a hater of Salman Khan. To quote you: “There’s an unwritten rule in film reviewing: thou shall not be prejudiced against a movie before watching it. Ironically, that rule must be sidestepped if one attempts to review an Akshay Kumar film with fairness.” Shouldn’t this be said about Salman Khan too? But somehow most of the film connoisseurs and fans are afraid to say that for Salman Khan.

    Comment by Bunny — October 17, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  10. Your reviews are always very unfair and potray negativity to all ” Akshay Kumar’s movie”. I dont know what problem you have with him. Whether it was OUATIMD or BOSS, both of them deserved atleast 3.

    Comment by Vikas Mishra — October 17, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  11. Boss is funnier than chennai express. Haryanvi attitude and tone is funny anways.
    Nothing more than a 2 star. But it is good fun. In your words “guilty pleasure” for me 😀

    Comment by Tanmay — October 17, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

  12. How exactly are the action scenes gruesome? There is no bloodshed, no gore – it is simple hand to hand combat as promised by Akshay Kumar – an art that he excels in due to his Martial Arts credentials that have turned him into Bollywood’s number one action hero.

    Mr. Masand seems to have an issue with “80s potboilers” but for many (including me) it is actually one of their favourite movie periods. How can you forget films like Naseeb, Tridev, Commando, Hukumat, Boxer, Jagir, Disco Dancer, Hero, Lawaaris just to name a few.

    Coming back to Boss: Mr. Masand AGAIN seems to sideline the fact that it is not meant to be realistic film – it is meant to an out and out entertainer with larger than life characters thus resulting in a larger than life screenplay, as promised by the makers of the films.

    Stating that Akshay Kumar’s films should be turned into an exception with the rule of not becoming prejudiced to a film as most of his films are ‘brainless’ before watching it comes as a pure contradiction to his own belief as he himself gave Special 26 and OMG decent reviews.

    I live in the UK and I wacthed BOSS to a packed cinema house and can assure you that the audience loved the film.

    Mr. Masand should look at the genre of the film and what it has promised to deliver before writing his reviews. Films are made for pure entertainment and that is why we have different genres of films to give the audience a different variety. No one wants to watch the same kind again and again.

    Really good film. A not so good review.

    Comment by Rehan — October 17, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  13. Sir why r u against indian movies.boss is one of the fantastic movie nd plz compare this movie wd only indian movies.neither hollywood nor any other country.

    Comment by Rajan — October 17, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

  14. Unfair review. What problem you have with Akshay Kumar.
    Film deserves at least 2.5 stars.
    Your rating of Rowdy Rathore was 1 star.
    And it was blockbuster.
    Same will happen with Boss. It will be the biggest hit for Akshay Kumar. Wait and watch. 🙂

    Comment by Manish Sharma — October 18, 2013 @ 6:58 am

  15. You are my fav. Critics but when it comes on Akshay Kumar I don’t take your review seriously.
    He is really a good actor.

    Comment by Manish Sharma — October 18, 2013 @ 7:03 am

  16. well,an honest review bt one has got to think it is an typical indian audience film. We can’t make those films which turns out be a producer’s nightmare. We have seen that good films have gone down on box office.

    Comment by dinkar mishra — October 19, 2013 @ 3:06 am

  17. hahaha.. funny review.. i think this movie was supposed be an entertainer for the masses but it was terrible entertainment… this film even surpassed grand masti for being a stupid film

    Comment by ruby — October 21, 2013 @ 8:21 am

  18. I think its high time you introduced negative ratings for such movies..

    Comment by abhishek — October 21, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

  19. Hollywood is known for its creativity,unique story plots and we are known of making nonsense shit movies with no story plot and we take great pride in it. indian industry use to copy english movies and now they have stoop low and started ripping off south indian movies and the worst part is they have even began to copy the songs. The action scenes look funny rather than real and now there is a string of such movies. phata poster, besharam,boss,chennai express,rowdy rathore and soon to be released R..rajkumar…

    Comment by kapil — October 23, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  20. Indians should stop making and watching this kind of movies. Then only we can expect some progress from indian people.

    Comment by Mike — October 30, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

  21. …..how can akki handle that role…? im super exited…because it has been already registerd by mammotty…the master of expressions….

    Comment by vijithjaya — November 2, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  22. “There’s an unwritten rule in film reviewing: thou shall not be prejudiced against a movie before watching it. Ironically, that rule must be sidestepped if one attempts to review an Akshay Kumar film with fairness. ”

    LOL, I love you man. Ironically these movies make 100 crore profits. The average IQ of India has to be very low to justify these figures. No disrespect intended but too many movie-watching audience members in our country are brain dead zombies with nary an intellectual bone in their lazy bodies.

    How can a movie like Boss gross 100 crores and a brilliant film with social message like Shahid have so many empty seats (I was there on Friday, first show).

    Comment by Sahil — November 7, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

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