My Boss is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy drama film directed by Jeethu Joseph, starring Dileep and Mamta Mohandas in the lead roles and Mukesh in a cameo appearance.[2] It is the third film by Jeethu Joseph.[3] The film is produced by East Coast Vijayan under the banner of East Coast Communications. It was filmed in Mumbai and various locales in Kerala.

My Boss
My Boss movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeethu Joseph
Written byJeethu Joseph
Produced byEast Coast Vijayan
StarringDileep
Mamta Mohandas
CinematographyAnil Nair
Edited byV. Saajan
Music bySejo John
M. Jayachandran
Gopi Sundar
Production
company
Distributed by
  • Manjunatha & Kas
  • PJ Entertainments (Europe)
Release date
  • 10 November 2012 (2012-11-10)
Running time
150 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget 4 crore
Box office 16.5 crore[1]

The film is inspired from the American film The Proposal (2009) starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, which included various dialogues and plot twists which adapted into the film 'My Boss'.[4]

The film is set in the backdrop of the IT industry. The film follows Manu Varma (Dileep) who's hired as the executive assistant in a leading firm in Mumbai who aspires to migrate to a foreign country while Priya Nair (Mamtha Mohandas), his boss, an Indian-born Australian citizen has visa problems at a time when she has the opportunity to get a promotion. This leads Priya to get into a fake marriage with Manu to stay in India.[5] My Boss released in Kerala on 10 November 2012 to positive reviews and was declared a commercial hit. The film was remade in Kannada in 2014 as Software Ganda starring Jaggesh and Nikita Thukral, it is currently being remade in Tamil as Sandakkari in 2021 starring Vimal and Shriya Saran.[6]

PlotEdit

Manu Varma lands in Mumbai to join an IT firm, Quadra Infotech, as executive assistant to C.M.O Priya S. Nair (Mamta Mohandas). He has a BTech degree and passed with distinction in 2004 but has no work experience until 2012. Priya is shocked seeing his reports and his distinction and asks why chose this job; he says it's because of family problems. Manu's boss Priya, an Australian citizen, is a witch of a woman who verbally abuses her subordinates and criticizes them for the slightest mistakes. Manu works his heart out for three months under his cruel boss. He is ably supported by an 'all in one' errand boy, Ali. Manu gets his chance to hit back at his boss when she has visa issues and is expecting a promotion to company head.

Priya cooks up a story that she is in a relationship with Manu and they will soon get married. They act as lovers which leads to several comic scenes. Manu then gets approached by Priya's rival, Mathew Abraham, who is fighting for the same promotion. Matthew offers to help Manu as long as he keeps Priya away from the office for 30 days. Mathew also informs the immigration of Priya's fraud. The immigration officer warns Priya and Manu of the consequences of fraud marriages and they will investigate this matter thoroughly. Manu convinces Priya that she has to come to Kerala to meet his family so that the investigators will be convinced by Manu's family's statement. Manu takes his "bride" (to be) to his home in Kerala. Priya discovers that Manu's family is very rich with a palatial home and acres of farmland and that he has a loving mother and doting grandmother. He had left home because he had frequent fights with his father Thekkeppurakkal Prabhkara Varma, who was against Manu seeking a job and wanting to migrate to a western country. Gradually, Manu tries to convince his family that Priya is wife material by making her do traditional chores, thus taking his revenge on Priya as well. Manu's family asks him to stop the drama and accepts Priya into the family. However, Priya softens and falls in love with his family. Manu realizes that deep down Priya is soft-hearted and stops his revenge, much to the disappointment of Mathew. Things get out of hand when Manu's parents start planning a repeat wedding ceremony. Priya reveals that she is Manu's boss and the reason why they put up the act. This shocks Manu's parents. She apologizes and leaves for Mumbai without telling Manu.

Manu follows her to Mumbai and learns that she has resigned. Manu proposes to Priya which leaves her stunned. Manu apologizes and is about to leave when Priya pulls him back suddenly and kisses him.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was launched on 23 April 2012, with a pooja ceremony organised at Sarovaram in Kochi.[7] The film started production in May 2012, and the major locales were Mumbai and Alappuzha in Kerala.[8]

MusicEdit

The soundtrack consists of 9 songs composed by Sejo John and M. Jayachandran. The audio was produced by East Coast.

Song Length Singer(s) Composer Picturization
"Enthinennariyilla" (Duet) 4:32 P. Jayachandran, Manjari M. Jayachandran
"Kuttanadan Punchaneele" 4:00 Rahul Nambiar & Rimi Tomy Sejo John
"Vilakkukal Theliyunnu" 4:50 Madhu Balakrishnan & Chitra Arun
"Unaradi Nee" 2:58 Sejo John Sejo John
"Sooryane Kaithodan" 4:51 Karthik Sejo John
"Enthinennariyilla" (Male) 4:32 P. Jayachandran M. Jayachandran
"Freedom Ka Soniya" 4:15 Navraj Hans, Neha Venugopal Sejo John
"Enthinennariyilla" (Female) 4:32 Manjari M. Jayachandran
"Freedom Ka Soniya" (Remix) 3:37 Neha Venugopal Sejo John

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Sify.com gave the verdict "Masala Entertainer" and said, "With a brisk pace that barely gives much time to think, My Boss could be an entertaining affair, especially if you are not too bothered about the film’s inspirations and other nuances. This one is perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously and better enjoy this with a pack of popcorn!"[9] The film is a copy of the Hollywood film The Proposal (2009) that had Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the lead.[10]

Box officeEdit

The film was one of the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year[11] and commercial success,[12] The film collected ₹14 crore[13] and ran over 100 days in theatres.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "5 Biggest Hits of Dileep From The Last 5 Years!". Filmibeat. 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Dileep, Mamtha again for 'My Boss'". IndiaGlitz. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Mamta is Dileep's Boss". Khaleej Times. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ Paresh C Palicha (12 November 2012). "Review: My Boss is a loud copy of a Hollywood film". Rediff.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012. The humor and comedy in the movie made it a huge success at the box office
  5. ^ "Theater strike called off in Kerala". Rediff. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Shooting of Sandakkari now happening in Kerala". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Mamta to play Dileep's boss". Sify. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  8. ^ Shruti Karthikeyan (23 April 2012). "Dileep, Mamta in My Boss". Deccan Chronicle. Madras. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Movie Review: My Boss". Sify.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Review: My Boss is a loud copy of a Hollywood film". Rediff. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Top Malayalam Actresses of 2012". Rediff.com. 16 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Mamta to play Dileep's heroine in Shafi's next". Sify. 30 March 2015.
  13. ^ "5 Biggest Hits of Dileep From The Last 5 Years!". Filmibeat. 14 December 2016.
  14. ^ "'My Boss': Malayalam flick completes 100 days". News18. 2 March 2013.

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