Akshay Kumar's 'Boss' rules, but not with its box office collections, director eyes U-turn

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 26 2013, 19:08pm hrs
BossAkhaye Kumar comes out tops, but audience has also been hooting for Aditi Rao Hydari for her bikini sequence.
'Boss' box office collections may be low, but Akshay Kumar stands out, while Ronit Roy's negative avatar is thrilling and Aditi Rao Hydari's bikini sequence is scintillating!

Happy with the response at the single-screen theaters, director Anthony DSouza hopes that the collections of Boss at the multiplexes also catches up.

Did you anticipate that Boss would do exceedingly well in UP and Bihar and do you believe the film will cross the ` 100 crore mark

Answering the first part, no! Since Akshay Kumars character speaks in Haryanvi, the producers and I thought that Boss would do very well in Haryana, but surprisingly it is in UP and Bihar that people are going berserk over the film.

I dont know about it collecting Rs. 100 crore but in territories like Maharashtra, the film is doing very good business in the single screens. We are hoping that it will pick up in the multiplexes too. Frankly, one does not think of business when making a film. You make it hoping that it will be received well. I am happy that Boss is being appreciated and considering it was made on a modest budget of around Rs. 55 crore, its a safe film.

What has the response to the film been and what are people liking about the film

All those who have seen Boss are saying that Akshay Kumar is the highlight of the film. They are bowled over by the action sequences; like Akshays car stunt in the title track, the parkour sequence and his hand-to-hand combat with Ronit Roy in the climax. They have also commented that hes looking fresh and his dialogues apne ko toh pani nikalna hai and beech mein mat bol have caught on big time. Roy, in his negative avatar, has been appreciated. I remember, he didnt have any qualms about doing the negative character, but his only apprehension was whether he would be able to pull it off. The audience has also been hooting for Aditi Rao Hydari for her bikini sequence!

Who conceived the idea of the boxing bag and the human rocking chair sequences Both were hilarious.

Producer Ashwin Varde, writers Sajid-Farhad and I were brainstorming and thinking of ways to dispose off the character, Bajrang when the writers thought of stuffing him inside a punching bag. For the human rocking chair also I would give maximum credit to my writers.

The film centered around the father-son relationship between Mithun Chakraborty and Akshay Kumar, but the audience could not empathise with their relationship.

The premise of the original Pokkiri Raja was about a father who had shunned his son and then comes back to him for help, so we couldnt change that. That would amount to making a different film and digressing from the story.

Your last film Blue was a water adventure film, whilst Boss is a complete action masala. What was the biggest challenge and whats next

It was a conscious decision to make a film which was emotionally-strong and a masala entertainer. My effort was to make commercial cinema with a slight slant to it and here I have to thank Akshay for reposing the faith in me. The emotional scenes, especially the one where Mithun comes to Akshay and hands him the contract money, were the most difficult to execute. I was not sure how to work on it, but since both are accomplished actors, it went off smoothly. They knew the nuances of their characters.

As for my next I have not planned anything as yet. I am waiting to see how Boss fares. geety.sahgal@expressindia.com