'Thank You', another comedy on the perils of skirt-chasing
Men, we are told, are dogs. They cheat on their wives. And have themselves the time of their lives. And the wives, poor creatures, are so devoted to their spouses they observe the Karva Chauth for their pati-devils even when they have no reason to do so. Such devotion in show motion.
"Thank You" is a kind of backhanded ode to the classic Indian wife we grew up watching in the films where the resplendent Nutan would sing "Tumhi mere mandir tumhi mere pooja" to her smug husband.
Times have changed. But mores and marital values have only shifted location. Inexplicably "Thank You" is shot in Canada. Caucasian girls steeped in a slutty splendour, fill up the fringes of the saturated frames. Blonde salad-dressing apart, the message at the heart of "Thank You" remains as desi as the Punjabi accent that Akshay Kumar doesn't even try to conceal.
Since this is a film about the perils of skirt-chasing there are plenty of women of all shapes and sizes in skirts (including Sonam Kapoor whose dress code defies all analysis) and other designer clothes.
For that talented writer Anees Bazmi the theme of infidelity in "Thank You" is familiar territory. In the past he has done jokey takes on men who can't keep their libido down with varying degrees of humour. A certain higher level of intelligence is perceptible in the way the characters are put out for scrutiny in the light of their unfaithful characters.
Irrfan Khan as the sarcastic bully of a husband scores the highest marks in the acting department. His wry caustic responses to semi-petrified wife Rimi Sen make a mocking mark mainly for the way the lines are written and delivered. Irrfan is priceless in projecting parody. Rimi Sen, an underrated actress, provides Irrfan valuable support.
Akshay Kumar plays the pied piper of the libido. He tries to teach the three womanizers how to check their carnal instincts. That is the best joke in the film. Such self-righteous cool roles of the social reformer are not new to Akshay. He delivers a rousing monologue at the end on the virtues of fidelity. While his comic timing remains sharp and spot-on it is the way he tries to create an aura of suspense about his character's motives as a man on a mission, that provides a cutting edge to the tale of three skirt-chasers.
Remarkably the dialogues remain free of innuendos. Surprising, considering how lurid films about infidelity have gotten in the past. The proceedings adhere to a sense of fun without getting cheesy. Suneil Shetty's body language and comic timing in some sequences show his coming of age as an actor of mirthful value.
"Thank You" has moments that come close to illuminating the underbelly of infidelity. But fearful of forsaking the mood of a riotous farce writer-director Anees Bazmi pulls out of any serious statement to lounge languidly in his comfort zone. As far as masala comedies go "Thank You" gets by on the strength of some smart writing, sassy dialogues and of course a handful of performers who try to balance out the lacklustre performances of other actors who, lethally for a comedy, just don't get it.
Subhash K. Jha | IANS
Movie Reviews with Ratings of the Hindi Film - Thank You (2011) from all the popular movie critics.
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitly, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen
Director: Anees Bazmee
1. Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films from NDTV: 1.5/5 Thank You is almost in the same league as No Problem ... NDTV Imagine Complete review
2. Taran Adarsh, BollywoodHungama.com: 2/5 THANK YOU has a thoroughly entertaining first hour, besides Akshay-Irrfan's funny acts as its aces, but the weak writing in its post-interval portions throws a spanner in the works ... Bollywood Hungama Complete review
I watched Thank You in the first week of its release, but didn’t think to put across any opinion. That’s not only, coz I was too busy, but the monotonous story lines getting released are not providing any fresh ideas to share.
Thank You, a new one by Anees Bazmee didn’t strike my mind any way. I found loads of people laughing and enjoying inside theatre. But the laughing seemed identical to the old elephant and ant joke (Pakau). The laughing wasn’t from the audio visual, but just from reflex action coming from seats near by. I also tried to laugh seeing a small girl besides me laughing, but could not continue.
The repetitiveness I find in Anees Bazmee’s films is the insult to the women characters just to create a humorous situation. The women characters are presented in conservative, old fashioned credulous wives. The male characters on the other hand believe on extra marital affairs and convey derogatory thought towards women.
Thank You is more or less same in a package. Same extra marital affairs, same characterization of wives and a mechanism creating doubtful minds on them gradually. And at last everything gets sorted out and comedy remains comedy as usual.
My review on this movie...... Akshay Kumar and Irfan Khan at their best.... Standup performance by Sunil Shetty , Gr8 acting by Bobby Deol, Fantastic performance by Rimi Sen and Sonam Kapoor and no comments on Celina Jaitly .
Three womanizers Raj(Bobby), Vogi(sunil) n Vikram(Irfan) fool their wifes then carry affairs with other gals.... Sanjana(sonam) who is rajs wife gets suspicious about his affairs, so she hires Kisen( Akshay ) to spy on them. He makes Sanjana realize that Raj is cheating on him.But however Sanjana Loves Raj and wants him back. Akshay Kumar tries everthing he can to unite them all. Also a flashback of Akshay's tragic life is shown which has Vidya Balan playing a cameo.
Music is great like Pyar do pyar lo already hitting the chart busters, Full volume is also good. Especially the flute music play by Akshay is mind soothing.
Why should you watch it? - Cuz its a fantastic movie and has great performances of Akshay Kumar , Irfan Khan , Bobby Deol and Sunil Shetty.
Why should you not watch it?? :- nothing. You will only hate the critics after watching the movie.
Verdict: Thank You will keep everyone entertained.
So overall movie i go with 3.5/5. A good movie to watch and I tell THANK YOU to Aneez Bazmee for giving such a good movie.
‘Patiala House’ and ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ might have worked wonders for Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol respectively, but this Friday, Akki and Bobby starrer ‘Thank You’ ends up as a damp squib at Box Office.
Starring Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Irrfan Khan, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitley and Sonam Kapoor, Anees Bazmee’s ‘Thank You’ is a story of three promiscuous husbands - Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan, who don’t mind being disloyal to their wives, Sonam Kapoor, Celina Jaitley and Rimmi Sen. To set things straight, here comes marriage therapist, Akshay Kumar, who takes up the cudgels to teach these adulterous husbands a lesson of their life.
‘Thank You’ is ‘No Entry’ redux sans Salman Khan where Akshay is entrusted the task of correcting the erring husbands, bringing them on the right path and making them understand the purity of the institution of marriage.
However, a loose script, lack of imagination and some terrible acting proves to be the bane of the film, which leaves the audience almost hysterical. Bobby, Suniel and Irrfan look completely out of the place while Sonam, Celina and Rimmi look embellished mannequins.
Irrfan Khan and Suneil Shetty try to be comic, while Bobby Deol looks wooden and the girls hardly have any author backed roles.
In the end, ‘Thank You’ is a dull and boring comedy, which plays on male fidelity, a rather worn out subject that has been presented umpteen times in Bollywood.
Can the exquisite foreign locales, Pritam’s foot tapping music and Mallika Sherawat’s oomphy item number save the fate of ‘Thank You’? You better check out yourself!
Action Replayy, Tees Maar Khan and now Thank You. Voila! Akshay Kumar has managed to get a hat trick of the most outrageously disgusting films. Thank You is everything that’s wrong with Hindi cinema. It takes the audience for granted. Silly jokes, vague storyline and performances that deserve rotten tomatoes; you definitely end up saying thanks but no thanks.
I know few people who enjoy watching trashy films. They love them because of their preposterousness and their ability to make you laugh at the sheer mockery. Sadly, Thank You doesn’t even fall into that category. It’s a film that makes you angry at times and cringe at others. Directed by Anees Bazmee, Thank You is a mad caper on adultery and philandering husbands and has tacky references to Shaadi No. 1 and No Entry.
The story (well, if any) revolves around three wives (Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitley) trying to teach their cheating husbands (Booby Deol, Irfan Khan and Suneil Shetty) a lesson with the help of a superman of a detective (Akshay Kumar). If the first half of the film threatens to give you a cardiac arrest then the second half will definitely give you a stroke or two. It’s mind numbing how the film goes from bad to worse to OMG. And to top it all it has a slight misogynistic streak and that just makes it even more unbearable.
Thank you boasts of some of the most annoying performances in recent times. Akshay Kumar and Irrfan Khan irritate the hell out of you with their cockiness. Bobby Deol is a misfit and sleep walks throughout the film. Suneil Shetty hams and hams a little more. It’s ironical, while one Anna is inspiring the entire nation; this Anna is completely losing it. Celina Jaitley once again gets stiff competition from the trees in the background. Sonam Kapoor and Rimi Sen are somewhat okay though. The music is lacklustre and the film has one of the most disjointed screenplays in a long time.
From the opening montage to the background score, the film suffers a huge ’80s hangover. The film begins with the title screaming out ‘Thank You’, but by the time the end credits roll, you want to throttle the people responsible for this and say ‘No you’re clearly not welcome!’
Direction, Music and Editing – Thank You Movie Review
Anees Bazmee’s direction is commendable. He keeps the audience involved and entertained throughout. Pritam Chakraborty’s music is fair and should’ve been far better. Full volume is a nice song. Razia is quite a good number. Pyar do pyar lo (remixed version of the old song) has pace. Pyar mein is alright. Song picturisations (Raju Sundaram and Ganesh Acharya) are eye-catching. Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ashish Pandit and Kumaar’s lyrics are okay. Background music (Sandeep Shirodkar) is very effective. Ravi Yadav’s cinematography captures the foreign locations well. Editing (Steven H. Bernard) is crisp.
The Last Word
On the whole, Thank You is an enjoyable entertainer and will keep the audience happy! Having said that, it must be added that it will be liked more by the masses than the classes. Considering its high cost on the one hand and its handsome recoveries from non-theatrical sources (satellite rights, audio rights etc.) on the other, it will prove to be a safe bet for all concerned.
Akshay Kumar does a wonderful job. He raises a lot of laughter with his free style of acting. Bobby Deol acts quite well. Sunil Shetty springs a wonderful surprise with a lovely performance. He brings the house down with laughter in at least five scenes. Irrfan Khan is mind-blowing. Every single scene he comes in is so full of fun and frolic that it’s a sheer delight to watch him. His typical style of dialogue delivery and his performance deserve the highest marks. Sonam Kapoor looks pretty in the second half and pitches in with a good performance. Rimi Sen is splendid. She complements Irrfan Khan just too wonderfully. Celina Jaitly gets very little scope as she is absent from a good part of the drama after the initial few reels. Her acting is appropriate. Mukesh Tiwari lends able support. Rakhi Vijan is her usual self. Smita Jayakar, Chahat Khanna (as Sonam’s sister) and Ranjeet are okay. Vidya Balan adds star value in a special appearance. Mallika Sherawat sizzles in the Razia song-dance. Others provide able support.
Anees Bazmee’s story is a laugh riot and so is the screenplay, penned by Anees Bazmee, Rajiv Kaul, Ikram Akhtar, Rajan Agarwal and Nisar Akhtar. Although there is not much freshness in the script and there are some continuity jerks, the comedy is so enjoyable that the audience doesn’t really mind. The film reminds a lot of No Entry and Masti so that even though the jokes and dialogues (exceptionally well-penned by Anees Bazmee, Rajiv Kaul, Ikram Akhtar, Rajan Agarwal and Nisar Akhtar) are fresh, the similarity comes in the way of the audience’s cent per cent enjoyment. Also, the story does get confusing at places.
Talking about individual sequences, the scenes between Vikram and Shivani are highlights and evoke great laughter. Yogi’s frustration has also been brought out so beautifully that scenes showing that raise a lot of laughter. In comparison, the climax looks a bit abrupt and hurried and not as funny as the rest of the drama. The scene in which Yogi’s voice is doctored in the recording studio is not at all convincing. There’s one major drawback about the screenplay: the three friends cheat on their wives but they don’t even feel guilty about this or, if they do, their guilt doesn’t come across to the audience till they stand exposed in front of their wives. This, for the audience, is not a very good feeling because, after all, they are the heroes of the drama. Showing the heroes indulging in ‘unheroic’ acts and, on top of it, not feeling sorry about the same, is not truly the best thing to do in a film.
UTV Motion Pictures’ Thank You (UA) is about three friends who cheat on their wives and how the wives teach them a lesson. Raj (Bobby Deol) and Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor) are happily married till she realises, her husband is cheating on her. Yogi (Sunil Shetty) has already been caught with another girl by his wife, Maya (Celina Jaitly). The third friend, Vikram (Irrfan Khan), also has a roving eye but he keeps his wife, Shivani (Rimi Sen), so petrified that she dare not question him.
Trouble for the three friends begins when Maya tells a suspicious Sanjana to engage the services of a private detective, Kishan (Akshay Kumar), to understand whether her hubby, Raj, is, in fact, womanising or not. Within no time, Kishan gets Sanjana evidence about Raj’s extra-marital affair. Before that, he also ensures to create a wedge between Yogi on the one hand and Raj and Vikram on the other by doctoring a recorded video clip of Yogi and Sanjana.
Anyway, Sanjana walks out on Raj who then tries to patch up with her. While Kishan moves in with Sanjana into her mother’s (Smita Jayakar) house, Raj has Vikram guiding him about what to do. Kishan tells Sanjana to feign an affair with him so that Raj would get jealous and mend his ways. On the other hand, the male chauvinist that Vikram is, he doesn’t let Raj bow down in front of Sanjana.
Raj and Vikram alongwith Yogi try to find out the identity of the person Sanjana is seen romancing but are unable to understand that he is Kishan. They mistake Sanjana’s new lover to be King (Mukesh Tiwari), an underworld don, and revolt against him, prompting his wife (Rakhi Vijan) to beat him black and blue.
Three friends – Bobby Deol, Sunil Shetty and Irrfan Khan – cheat on their wives. But they have to face the music when the wives – Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitly – seek the help of a private detective, Akshay Kumar, to follow them and throw light on their extra-marital affairs. Read the Thank You movie review to find out more.
Business Rating: 3 stars
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sunil Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Celina Jaitly.
What’s Good: The fast pace of the film; the dialogues; the performances.
What’s Bad: Nothing really. But the music and the climax could have been better.
Verdict: Thank You will keep everyone entertained.
Story: Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan are a trio of philandering husbands who don't think twice before being unfaithful to their wives, Sonam Kapoor, Celina Jaitley and Rimmi Sen. Enter marriage therapist, Akshay Kumar, who is determined to teach them a lesson and bring them back to the happy family fold.
Movie Review : Anees Bazmee seems to be re-visiting familiar terrain with his new film. Thank You is heavily inspired by his earlier comic caper, No Entry, where Salman Khan had the onerous task of curing a motley group of errant husbands from their chronic infidelity. This time, it is Akshay Kumar who wields the baton -- or is it the flute -- to underscore the sanctity of the institution of marriage. Is this a case of playing safe for the director who has recently burned his hands at the box office or is it a drought of story ideas that seems to be Bollywood's biggest scourge?
Repetition notwithstanding, Thank You ends up as timepass fare, although it isn't as rollicking as No Entry. The first half of the film seems to be an exercise in nothingness and has you fidgeting in your seat as you try to look for the rare laughs in a script that is supposed to be funny. The bit-on-the-side sequences of the three husbands are hardly hilarious nor does the fuming wives club set the screen ablaze with hysteria. It is only in the second half that the film acquires form and substance and has you grinning at certain goof-ups. Akshay Kumar's elaborate plans to set the three marriages straight provides scope for actors like Irrfan Khan and Suneil Shetty to kick up a bit of fun, although Bobby Deol has hardly any humour tailored into his role. By and large, he remains dour and angry as he begins to suspect his sweet wife Sonam of adultery. The girls, on their part, mostly remain cosmetic with Sonam looking terribly out of sync, Rimmi not being allowed to play her feisty self and Celina being forced to do the disappearing act for a large part of the film.
So what's funny about Thank You? It's the guys who reiterate the worn-out cliche that fidelity isn't an intrinsic part of male physiology. Add to this the high production values -- glitzy locales, jazzy styling -- and Pritam's pop numbers and you have a film that can be an average weekend getaway. Nothing more, not even Mallika Sherawat's item number.
Nikhat Kazmi from India Times, Times of India: 2.5/5
I suspect Akshay Kumar makes most of his movies just for the workout. Looking at his interchangeable comic roles, the actor increasingly seems to limit himself through the motions, flicking on that auto-pilot switch behind his head as he grins and grimaces and groans and guffaws, the latter working overtime in the way laugh-tracks used to do in old sitcoms: if you hear enough laughing, chances are you'll crack open a chuckle yourself.
Well, at least in theory. Despite Kumar's joker-in-a-box automaton attempts, Anees Bazmee's latest film Thank You goes nowhere, and takes forever to, um, not get there.
Frequently the film, like leading man Kumar, doesn't even bother with the attempt of being funny. And perhaps it really is high time we the audience stopped paying multiplex prices to watch Akshay Kumar go to his gym.
The story is template Bazmee: three wives decide to teach their straying husbands a lesson. Enter a private detective --specialising in husband-rehabilitation -- who, after raking the three husbands over the coals through the film, decides to eventually let Worst Husband Ever off the hook because said husband has now turned homicidal.
"That passion in your eyes," raves the detective, referring to bloodshot, trigger-happy rage, "is just what I wanted to see. Go remarry your wife."
Yes, it is just that kind of a film. It is also one that mistakes itself for being sensitive simply because it rallies against the male sex for philandering, before calling that a habit, a "chhoti-si aadat."
But hey, the filmmakers say, we're also calling men dogs so that automatically shows we're sympathetic towards women, right? (Feel free to insert an appropriately sized eye-roll here, do.)
Speaking of women, there are three here with predictably little to do. Sonam Kapoor spends most of the film realistically bawling her eyes out -- presumably lamenting being in a film this moronic -- and occasionally being shrill. Not being say, a Karisma Kapoor, she doesn't fit into the idiocy at all.
Rimi Sen , by virtue of being in many a scriptless film, has learnt to PareshRawal-ise her expressions enough to count as halfway funny, or at least funny-looking, and even Bazmee decides to keep Celina Jaitley's involvement to a minimum. (Thank You, Mr Director.)
Irrfan Khan , completely out of sorts as a know-it-all player and seducer of women, is markedly better in the second half when he doesn't have a clue but that's simply because Khan is a good actor particularly brilliant at acting clueless.
Kumar, also a fine actor, chooses in these films not to even try, and it is this that brings us to one of those chilly-days-in-Hell kind of declarations: that Suniel Shetty is the best thing in this film.
I kid you not. My fingers kept recoiling as I shakily typed that out but it is true. Shetty, who hasn't been watchable in over a decade, actually cuts loose with slapstick flair in this one. He owns the only actual jokes in the film (two, I counted) and genuinely seems to be having a good time.
Too bad he's the only one. Call me ungrateful but, in a nutshell, no thank you.
Okay, now here's the first biggie of the season. Major studio, super-successful director, mega budget, ensemble star cast, lotsa glitz-n-glam... Besides, after the stupendous success of films like WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG, the Akshay Kumar - Anees Bazmee jodi teams up for the third time, promising to complete a hat-trick of enjoyable laughathons. The expectations, therefore, are humungous.
There's talk that THANK YOU is an extension of SHAADI NO. 1, NO ENTRY and MASTI, besides the Hollywood film THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. The commonality is that all these films talk of philandering husbands and extra-marital affairs. But THANK YOU is more of a cat-n-mouse game between philandering husbands and a detective, incidentally hired by both the sides - the husbands as well as the wives. Lots of scope for humor and fun moments, right?
Bazmee has successfully followed the magic mantra over the years: Garnish light moments with spice [sex], gloss [panoramic locales], a bit of pulsating action and of course, hip-swinging music. Sprinkle gags and punches. Throw logic out of the window. Pack a number of stars in the enterprise. Voilà! The recipe for a paisa vasool entertainer is ready.
But THANK YOU is as inconsistent as the roads of Mumbai. Sometimes, the ride is as smooth as silk. But there are times when one encounters potholes aplenty during the course of this journey. In fact, like GAME last Friday, the two halves of THANK YOU are as diverse as chalk and cheese. While the first hour of THANK YOU is thoroughly enjoyable and you genuinely feel that Bazmee is in his element, the second hour - which should've been superior - is agonizing and intolerable. The writing goes topsy-turvy in this hour, so much so that when you exit the auditorium, it's not with a smile, but a smirk.
Like Bazmee's last endeavor NO PROBLEM, THANK YOU also suffers due to weak writing [screenplay: Bazmee, Rajiv Kaul, Ikram Akhtar, Nisar Akhtar and Rajan Agarwal], especially in its post-interval portions. What compounds the problem is that while the on-screen characters try too hard to make you laugh, you just don't react. The jokes are bland and the situations the three husbands land up in are far from funny. By the time the story reaches its conclusion, the viewer is already exhausted.
Raj, Yogi and Vikram -- best friends, business partners, serial womanizers and happily married! Happy, because their lovely wives have no clue that their husbands cheat on them with every pretty young thing they can lay their eyes on. This picture perfect world is rocked when Raj's wife Sanjana begins to suspect her husband and hires the suave private detective, Kishan, to tail him.
Kishan has built his reputation as a man who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways. In this particular case, however, his overwhelming attraction towards Sanjana means he may not be acting in her best interest. What follows is a crazy cat-n-mouse game, with Kishan trying to catch the husbands with their pants down literally and them attempting to just stay outside his grasp.
Brain-dead comedies and mindless masala films appeal to a wide spectrum of the movie-going audience, provided they keep you hooked and most importantly, entertain from Scene A to Z. But THANK YOU runs out of gas after a great start. In fact, the first hour is super energetic, with several enjoyable moments. What's interesting is that the screenplay packs one implausible situation after another and yet, we can't help but continue smiling at the absurdities. The momentum is just right!
But the film only goes downhill with the onset of the second hour. The goings-on get uninteresting, the jokes fall flat, the songs crop up without valid situations, the musical score is utterly forgettable, the culmination [right from the three husbands getting to know the true identity of Akshay, to the customary patch up in the finale]... the zing is missing. There's a don too [Mukesh Tiwari] and he, like others, has a roving eye. This track was not required in the first place. Oh, there's also a reason behind Akshay running the business of bringing errant husbands on track - he has a past [Vidya Balan]. What was the need for this track anyways?
Bazmee loves to entertain, but this rom-com that lifts the lid on extra-marital affairs and philandering partners is not a patch on the immensely enjoyable NO ENTRY or even WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG. It's the screenplay in the second hour that fails him. Pritam's musical score is strictly okay. 'Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo' and 'Razia' are fair compositions, but the songs in the second half are of fast-forward variety. Ravi Yadav's cinematography captures the breath-taking locales of Canada very well. The film wears a glossy and grandiose look all through. Sandeep Shirodkar's background score is appropriate at times, but jarring at places as well.
Akshay Kumar is fantastic in the role of an extra-marital counselor. His comic timing, as always, is hard to match. His performance is sure to be loved by the masses. Irrfan is known for his superb comic timing and he leaves an indelible impression yet again, shining in the best moments of the enterprise. In fact, even when the going gets tough [second half], it is Irrfan who keeps you glued to the screen thanks to the art of delivering funny, corny and cheesy lines with a straight face. Suniel Shetty contributes to some wonderful moments, while Bobby Deol looks out of place.
Sonam Kapoor seems ill at ease. Also, her makeup is just not right. She looks glamorous at times, but there are times when her pale looks are hard to ignore. Celina Jaitley gets limited scope. Why does her character disappear in the second half? Rimi Sen is the best of the lot. Her sequences with Irrfan are truly funny. Mallika Sherawat sizzles in the 'Razia' track. Vidya Balan is wasted in a cameo. Mukesh Tiwari, Rakhi Vijan and Ranjeet get no scope. Smita Jaykar is fair.
On the whole, THANK YOU has a thoroughly entertaining first hour, besides Akshay-Irrfan's funny acts as its aces, but the weak writing in its post-interval portions throws a spanner in the works. What could've been an honest take on dishonesty fails to leave a mark eventually. After WELCOME and SINGH IS KINNG, one expected Bazmee and Akshay to get it right for the third time, but THANK YOU foils the chances of a hat-trick. Thumbs Down!
Anees Bazmee’s last film No Problem ended with a Gorilla letting out a gargantuan fart. So as I walked into Thank You, I figured, things can only go uphill from there. But clearly I underestimated Bazmee’s capacity for creating witless, soul-sucking cinema.
Thank You is almost in the same league as No Problem. I say almost because Irrfan, who plays the domineering, philandering husband Vikram, brings a sliver of dignity and fun into the proceedings.
Like his earlier blockbuster No Entry, Thank You is about three friends – Vikram, Raj, played by Bobby Deol and Yogi played by Suneil Shetty – who can’t keep their trousers on. They cheat at every given opportunity. So their wives enlist the help of Kishan, a private detective played by Akshay Kumar, who only complicates matters by developing a serious crush on Raj’s wife Sanjana, played by Sonam Kapoor.
This threadbare plot is an excuse for moronic gags, desperate hamming, a sleazy display of flesh and endless cringe-inducing dialogue like: mard ka nature hai ki bacche apne ache lagte hain aur biwiyan auron ki.
Thank You is an equal opportunity offender. So the men are boorish, infantile and perpetually in heat while the women are simpering dodos who continue to do Karva Chauth for their offensive husbands. But Bazmee, and the four writers who have co-written this drivel with him, want to have their cake and eat it too. So, the film ends with a speech on the importance of wives and why husbands should be better behaved. Which is perhaps what prompted Irrfan to say in an interview that Thank You is a tribute to housewives and will boost the female ego.
I can assure you that my ego was not boosted. In fact my brains were battered to pulp and my eardrums are still recovering from Pritam’s cacophonous sound-track. I’m going with one and a half star.