Banner: Red Giant Movies, The Show People, Vasan Visual Ventures
Production: K. Srinivasan, Udhayanidhi Stalin, Aarya
Star-casts: Aarya, Nayanthara, Santhanam, ‘Naan Kadavul’ Rajendran, Chitra Lakshmanan, Subbu Panchu and others
Music:Yuvan Shankar Raja
Camera: Sakthi Saravanan
Editing: Vivek Harshan
Films patently based on comic quotients aren’t often in Kollywood and precisely making a hilarious entertainer turns to be the most speculative bet, a filmmaker can afford for. But Rajesh makes sure audiences are kept with great coolness and composure under strain. In fact his debut directorial ‘Siva Manasula Sakthi’ was a blatant illustration for his motto. Nearly after a year, he strikes back with yet another entertainer ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’. Though not much exceeding your expectation levels as SMS, this movie has its own style of amusing the masses.
It’s hard to proceed with a comedy flick sans story and Rajesh has carefully handled screenplay in a nitty-gritty manner and assures of commendable entertainment.
The hilarious portions of Santhanam is the major plus while Aarya and Nayanthara are just mediocre.
Set in backdrops of Kumbakonam, Baskaran aka Boss (Aarya) leads a devil-may-care life. More arrears, jobless and such factors make his days grow unintentional. He falls in love with Chandrika (Nayanthara), a well educated post-graduate, whose elder sister (Vijayalakshmi) marries Boss’ elder brother (Subbu Panchu). Nalla Thambi (Santhanam) is often wretched with the friendship of Boss and yet stands by his side in times of distress. When Baskaran professes his love for Chandrika through her elder sister, oppositions takes in place on front place as his family members complain of his idleness and irresponsiblenesses. Rajnikanth’s challenge in Annamalai becomes Boss’ intentions as he challenges of making it bigger in life. Rest of the story is about the comical encounters of Baskaran and Nalla Thambi as they commence a tutorial school.
Aarya looks stylish, but is just passable with his experiment in comedy. Nayanthara could have worked on her makeovers. It would have been nice, if her looks of ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ was sustained in this flick as well. All praises to Santhanam as his tremendous sense of humor with rib-tickling one- liners wins him applause. In fact, he has more prominence than the lead characters and Rajesh has utilized his presence in the best way.
Subbu Panchu as Aarya’s brother fits the role. Vijayalakshmi has made a come back and make her presence. Chitra Lakshmanan, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan and ‘ Naan Kadavul’ Rajendran have done what way have been told.
In terms of narration, the first hour proceeds with right momentum while it drops during the second half. Onscreen chemistry between Aarya and Nayan is completely missing.
Yuvan Shankar Raja disappoints with the background score. Except ‘Yaar Indha Penn’, nothing sustains into your senses. He keeps repeating the same percussions in background through second half. Sakthi’s Saravanan camera work is a manifestation of great visuals. Vivek Harshan’s editing is okay.
Rajesh does everything that sets thing on right way, No matter of things dropping away during post-intermission sequences. Santhanam’s presence stands out the major reason of embellishing ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’ as entertainer.
Rajesh’s has missed packing a feel good family entertainer
What works: Santhanam, Camera
What doesn’t work: Onscreen chemistry between Aarya-Nayan, Music, Song, Climax
Verdict: Boss gets a ‘ Just Pass’