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Fierce, Comical, Quirky: Meet Bollywood's big, best-known BOSSES!

October 10, 2013 13:08 IST

Fierce, Comical, Quirky: Meet Bollywood's big, best-known BOSSES!

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Akshay Kumar’s upcoming potboiler Boss may promote the action star’s skills at beating baddies into pulp.

But the actor, who sports a chunky Boss ring on his fingers is not playing the titular character in Malayalam hit, Pokkiri Raja’s remake. Danny Denzongpa is.

Bollywood’s most suave villain portrays a Robin Hood-inspired do-gooder on the wrong side of the law in the film slated for an October 16 release.

On that note, here’s a look at some of the best known bosses of Bollywood.

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Image: Daany Denzongpa and Akshay Kumar in Boss


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Yes Boss, Aditya Pancholi

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In Aziz Mirza’s breezy rom-com, Aditya Pancholi plays the exploitative boss who raises his employee Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Yes Boss’ chanting hopes while betraying his rich wife to pursue Juhi Chawla’s trusting but ambitious model.


Image: Aditya Pancholi and Shah Rukh Khan in Yes Boss


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Kay Kay Menon, Life In A... Metro

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In Anurag Basu’s slice of Mumbai tale, Kay Kay Menon is the quintessential jerk.

The self-seeking man neglecting his family to carry on with his hot, opportunistic subordinate at work plotline takes obvious inspiration from Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.


Image: Kay Kay Menon in Life In A... Metro


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Salman Khan, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya

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As Sushmita Sen’s desperate boss, in the remake of Hollywood’s Cactus Flower, Salman Khan convinces his gullible underling to pose as his pretend wife in order to win over the pretty dimwit, played by Katrina Kaif.

The script was recently recycled in Hollywood again as Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.


Image: Salman Khan and Sushmita Sen in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya


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Boman Irani, Dostana

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John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan masquerade as a gay couple to acquire rental accommodation in Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana.

Not Boman Irani though.

The man plays Priyanka Chopra’s queer boss and not-so-easily-pleased editor of a fashion magazine.


Image: Boman Irani in Dostana


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Naseeruddin Shah, Mohra

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Naseeruddin Shah’s Jindal maintains a dual face in Rajiv Rai’s superhit, Mohra.

As Sunil Shetty’s boss, he reveals his hard side by ordering the execution of what he believes to be a nuisance for society.

As Raveena Tandon’s superior, he falsely projects himself as man of charisma and integrity.


Image: Naseeruddin Shah and Raveena Tandon in Mohra


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Sridevi, Ladla

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Empowered with position and paisa, Sridevi slips under the skin of a haughty, spoilt owner running a successful company by making life hell for her colleagues and employees with an imposing, ‘Understand? You better understand’ policy.


Image: Sridevi in Ladla

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Annu Kapoor, Mr India

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Fascinating events happen around the invisible superhero, Mr India in Shekhar Kapur’s delightful fantasy.

And Annu Kapoor’s goofy newspaper editor discovers this for himself after his star reporter (Sridevi) arranges for a one-of-a-kind meeting.


Image: Annu Kapoor in Mr India


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Sushmita Sen, Sirf Tum

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Lady bosses on the good-looking side serve the purpose of falling in love with the hero already committed to another.

Sushmita Sen explores one of Bollywood’s enduring stereotypes with refreshing enthusiasm in one of the few hits of her career, Sirf Tum.


Image: Sushmita Sen in Sirf Tum


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Paresh Rawal, Andaz Apna Apna

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Mera boss kaun hai? Kaun hai mera boss,” bellows an irritated Teja to his sidekicks Robert and Bhalla in one of Andaz Apna Apna’s countless funny scenes.

Paresh Rawal’s rollicking turn as the bossy crook hoping to set up a poultry farm at his lookalike brother’s expense provide AAA with endless amusement.


Image: Paresh Rawal in Andaz Apna Apna


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Vinod Khanna, Chandni

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In many love triangles, the sympathetic boss falls for the ravishing new employee with a heartbroken past.

Vinod Khanna fills in for the unrequited suitor wearing power suits and panache in Yash Chopra’s lavish mush-fest, Chandni.


Image: Sridevi and Vinod Khanna in Chandni


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Shashi Kapoor, Namak Halal

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Shashi Kapoor is perfectly cast as the charming but clueless boss around Amitabh Bachchan’s Ji Maalik-spewing aid in Namak Halal.

The whole point behind Prakash Mehra’s 1982 classic is to highlight the extraordinary connection between a master and his minion.


Image: Shashi Kapoor with Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halal


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Sanjeev Kumar, Pati Patni Aur Woh

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A middle-aged Sanjeev Kumar casts a lustful eye on his saucy secretary (Ranjeeta) in B R Chopra’s droll take on the incorrigible man, suspicious wife and flirtatious other woman equation.

In Pati Patni Aur Woh, Kumar’s rascally boss fabricates a yarn about his wife’s medical condition to seek sympathy and more from the pretty young thing.


Image: Sanjeev Kumar and Ranjeeta in Pati Patni Aur Woh


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Utpal Dutt, Golmaal

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The one big boss to beat them all! And that’s Utpal Dutt’s Bhavani Shankar’s in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal.

As the stern-faced, moustache-loving man of discipline, tradition and scruples who hires Amol Palekar after a lot of scrutiny, Utpal Dutt delivers one of the best works of his career.


Image: Utpal Dutt in Golmaal


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