What if Robin Hood's father didn't know him for the good things he did and judged him for looting others? Maybe it'd make an interesting story, if it dealt with just that. Unfortunately, Boss starts out with this simple what if and complicates things beyond comprehension.
To make matters manifold worse, this Robin Hood, Satya (Akshay Kumar) spouts inane dialogue to look cool; laughs at his own poor jokes; literally sings his own praises (just in case you hadn't guessed from the his finger rings); and is generally way too full of himself. The only saving grace is that he doesn't have a lead lady as a show piece.
I guess, we could take offense that the makers of the film didn't even bother to have a role for a lead lady at all. But then if it were going to be as skimpily written as it was for Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari), I guess it worked out best that there isn't a lead lady. Especially, given that Sonakshi Sinha's cameo had more recall value than Aditi's entire role. And I wouldn't blame Aditi's performance for it.
The writing department just doesn't care enough to be taken seriously. With the numerous complications added to fill in the story, the writing completely loses track from where it starts. For example, Satya and Shiv's maternal uncle (Johny Lever) suddenly behaves like a stranger in a scene in the second half of the film. With such glaring mistakes, attention to detail is just way too much to ask for.
Only aim here seems to be to give Akshay Kumar screen time. Interestingly enough, Akshay Kumar shows on screen 30 minutes into the film. I wonder what the reasons might have been. But, once he comes, he does his typical hamming and stays.
Till then and for little snippets after Shiv Pandit does try his best to make an impact. But, it is Ronit Roy who stays in memory. He does have the fierceness that a villain pitted against a boisterous Satya/Akshay Kumar needs. Yet, his role is too ill-defined and unidimensional for it to instill fear.
Sure, there are a couple of scenes which make you laugh out loud - more because it is silly beyond words than because it is witty. Also, the first one or two action sequences for Ronit Roy are brash enough to make you notice. Otherwise though, there are out-of-place film references, worse placed songs and over-the-top dialogues in the name of entertainment.
I really wonder how one doesn't get bored doing the same kinds of role one after the other. Maybe they are different roles but are just performed in the same old way. Or maybe the roles aren't defined enough to be different or similar. Goodness knows.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice : ...This is a fast-paced, zany, full-on masala fare. There is a tempting swagger to Akshay's performance matched by the narration's tidal tempo. Irresistible energy and endearing gusto underline the show's voracious appetite for a comic kill... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...BOSS is a full-on masala entertainer that's very clear of its intent. It is designed to magnetize lovers of desi commercial cinema and woo the BO.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...The classes might prefer to stay away from this movie as it's not their cup of tea to digest such films, but for all others who watch movies for fun and entertainment this movie will make you say for sure - 'Time Pass Hain Boss'... full review
So-So, by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice : ...Boss is perhaps one of the better masaledaar entertainers of the year. There’s definitely a script behind it all and it is packed with oodles of entertainment value... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...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'... full review
So-So, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...Mithun Chakraborty goes overboard with his preachy Nirupa Roy-esque character and is thus unintentionally funny. Ronit Roy has a superb presence. Sadly, he gets meagre footage. Aditi Rao Hydari and Shiv Pandit are used as mere props... full review
Thumbs down, by Prathamesh Jadhav , Bollywood Life : ...All in all, Boss is a cliched action comedy that entertains in parts as Akshay Kumar tries to steer through the muddle with his star skill!... full review
Thumbs down, by Neha Mathur, fullhyd.com : ... Maybe we should have published this on a Saturday - in case the Boss is reading. It is his day off. Cue - another song with women in black leather. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Akshay Kumar plays his bad boy image with some good comic timing, but this puts his track on a different plane to the rest of the movie.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Despite being an age-old cinema, Akshay Kumar's Boss will find its takers among the ones who have been making films like Chennai Express record-breaking hits. The movie for the others will prove to be highly mediocre... full review
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