Indian action star Akshay Kumar shows a flair for both action and comedy in this thrill-a-ride film about a hot shot gangster who will do what it takes to protect his brother from the most corrupt cop in the land.
Shiv Shastri is a young man who has remembered and reunited with his long lost live, Ankita Thakur. However, she is to be engaged to Vishal Pradhan, the son of corrupt Home Minister Vishwas Pradhan. When an altercation leads to Shiv beating the tar out of Vishal and his goons at a local movie theater, Shiv finds himself arrested and humiliated by Ankari’s brother Ayushman, the dirtiest and most dangerous officer in the area.
When Shiv’s father unsuccessfully gets Shiv out and even goes as far as getting humiliated by Ayushman, he decides there is only one person who can help stop the dirty cop. He is the one known as Boss. While Shiv’s father thinks Boss is referred to high level likable gangster Tauji, “Boss” is revealed to be Shiv’s brother Surya, who has been estranged from the family for fifteen years after an incident to protect his family left Surya responsible for a classmate’s accidental death. Tauji was saved by Surya fifteen years ago and was raised by him with Tauji becoming the Big Boss and Surya becoming Boss. However, what will happen when Home Minister Pradhan sets out a contract for Boss to assassinate Shiv for the name of his son?
I’ve been a fan of Akshay Kumar for a few years. Kumar, one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood with his range of roles, is also known for his action roles due to the fact that he has a martial arts background. For his titular role of Boss, Kumar combines goofball comedy and his fighting skills quite well. Those who are excited to see Kumar will have to wait about thirty minutes as the film begins with the flashback from fifteen years ago when Tauji meets with Surya and then it focuses on the characters of Shiv and Ankita along with the introduction of our lead villain, Ayushman Thakur. However, Kumar’s introduction scene is quite a hoot with its comic relief and exaggerated action.
Rohit Roy plays the villain character exactly how a dirty cop should be played. He is introduced dispatching some victims for the wrong reasons. He uses extreme measures to do away with those who oppose him because of his allegiance to Home Minister Pradhan, who is not too far a dirty politician as Ayushman is a dirty cop. The minister’s son is an expected bumbling fool while Boss has some funny allies in goofball cop Singh, played by the “Indian George Lopez”, Johnny Lever and Trikol, played by Sanjay Mishra, who always tends to hiccup, cough, and sneeze at the most inopportune moments.
In Bollywood films, action scenes tend to be a little exaggerated, perhaps today’s films being influenced by the wuxia pian genre of Hong Kong action cinema with its use of wirework. Kumar’s character Boss is an exaggerated character and thus, results in using exaggerated action when he tends to grab and throw opponents. This is truly notable in the introduction scene. However, as mentioned, Kumar is a martial artist himself and does have some grounded techniques and nice kicks. Some may complain about the slow motion used in these action scenes, but they are not too overly done. The final fight scene between Boss and Ayushman is quite interestingly done but it is executed quite well and helps make this an overall fun Bollywood film.
Boss is truly one of Akshay Kumar’s most fun films in the world of Bollywood. After many scenes of acting like a goofball and kicking major tail, in the words of one of the film’s musical songs, it could be the time of “party all night” after seeing this!
WFG RATING: B+
An Ashwin Varde Productions/Cape of Good Films/Hari Om Entertainment Production in association with Viacom18 Productions. Director: Anthony D’Souza. Producer: Ashwin Varde. Writers: Farhid and Sajid; story by Siby K. Thomas and Udaykrishnan. Cinematography: Laxman Utekar. Editing: Rameshwar S. Bhagat.
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Shiv Pandit, Mithun Chakraborty, Ronit Roy, Aditi Rao Hydari, Johnny Lever, Parikshat Sahni, Govind Namdeo, Aakash Dabhade, Danny Denzongpan.