After the very forgettable 'Mr Marumakan', which awfully tried to hit the right notes, Dileep is back with a 'My Boss', a watchable flick, largely due to its packaging. A sincere rehash of the English movie 'The Proposal', the movie succeeds much in offering a easy watch and getting its lead star to his selling elements. Though predictable to the core, it is Dileep's effortless manoeuvres that save the movie,creating some delightful moments.
Dileep is Manu Varma, who lands up in Mumbai as an overeducated assistant to an Priya Nair,(Mamtha Mohandas) an domineering boss of Quadra info tech. An engineering graduate who passed out eight years ago, Manu is now determined to prove himself to his parents and so is ready to do any irksome job offered by Priya, who is an urban women with a messed up past and troubled with a lot of hierarchal problems in her office. Basically an Australian citizen, she is currently facing the prospects of leaving the country following the expiry of her visa. And so to fool the immigration authorities and to extend her stay in India & to snatch that promotion to the CEO post that is due, she asks Manu to play a drama of fake marriage. He immediately agrees to it following the insistence from Mathew (Anand), who is in the run for the same post. Manu has some more plans to accomplish, including the promotion to a 'B' grade job in the company and to fly to a foreign nation where life is more secure. And the stage is set for a cat and mouse game, as both of them embark on a journey to Manu's home set amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kuttanad to convince his parents. What follows is a transformation that could easily be predicted even by a school child.
Predictability is what hams the interest in this movie, though the packaging with limited characters who are not ready to go the limits of buffoonery, has a charm . Jeethu Joseph's scripts lend much from many popular romantic comedies of the country. Tailor made situations that are expected to amuse with humour works and in fact, much of the attempts on humour succeeds to have the viewers in splits. But the sudden transformations of the witch like foreigner who even dislike Keralite dinner etiquette's and later, that of the lead character and his father are all not convincing enough. Even we don't find the father in the movie so much harsher to make his son runway from a fairer situation amidst wealth and dignity. Dileep repeats his ability to extract humour from very ordinary situations and make them appear realistic. Apart from a few sequences light the fight in the bedroom and the silly acts to convince the parents, everything else is promptly on place and helps the movie to sail smoothly.
Mamtha, though ordered to mouth English dialogues all through in the former half, appear good because of her diction and shot placements. Kalabhavan Shajon is immensely likable as the office assistant while Anand repeats his villain act. Saikumar is effective while the rest of the cast play to their roles.
The music department is average with the songs just suiting the situations. But the BG scores by Gopisundar are effective. Anil nair's camera grabs the best from the Kuttanad surroundings while the other technical sides are also good.
'My Boss' is a movie that does away with boredom, particularly due to the lead actor. Though the movie has a predictable story line in the old bottle, it has the proceedings that can keep you engaged almost trough its two hours and 40 minutes. And with the present nature of B O returns of Dileep's films, 'My Boss' is sure to end up as a hit.