Anees Bazmee’s Thank You Fails To Be A Hatrick Success

Cast Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Suneil Shetty, Celina Jaitley, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen, Mallika Sherawat
Director Anees Bazmee
Writer Anees Bazmee
Running Time 140 minutes
Genre Comedy, Romance
Budget Rs. 58 crore
Rating **1/2

Thank You, a typical Bollywood comedy romance that deals with lecherous husbands — Raj (Bobby Deol), Vikran Khan (Irrfan Khan) and Yogi (Suneil Shetty). All three of them, complete womanizers, pretty openly cheat on their wives played by Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitley. Storylines based on philandering husbands have been dealt with earlier and the plot basically reveals how the wives ultimately prove their husbands guilty. In fact, Akshay Kumar as Raj also plays the role of an extra marital counselor. It is Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor) who is the first one to doubt her husband and plans how to prove her husband guilty. In the process the other two husbands are also revealed. It is somewhat similar to previous Bollywood films like Shaadi No1, Masti, No Entry and Hollywood film The Seven Year Itch. However there also happens to be a detective included in the storyline in hot pursuit of the guilty husbands.

Having a storyline already explored previously, the film doesn’t have much new to offer for the audience. Most of the films produced in the recent past have either been remakes or films with obvious storylines. The first half of the movie is nevertheless quite entertaining and lives up to its genre of comedy. The second half however starts getting boring and intolerable for the audience which can only leave you more irritated and confused than ever. It is basically because of the weak screenplay writing in the second half. The actors make an honest effort to make the audience laugh but fail to keep up with it till the end of the movie. The jokes just happen to be too bland. Through out the movie one only comes across scenes of busty women, humdrum sequences and copious songs. Mallika Sherawat is seen dancing to an item number Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo, which is a trend that is common in most comedies of Bollywood. She seems to do well even in the Razia soundtrack. Thankfully, there really are some funny scenes in the movie but they happen to be mostly in the first half of the movie.

As far as the performances of the actors are concerned, they put up a good performance, which is quite appreciable. Akshay Kumar is no doubt fantastic in his comic role, liked by the audience, doing justice to his role as the extra-marital counselor. Irrfan too is superb like always and leaves an indelible mark in the minds of the audience with his perfect timing and wonderful moments in the movie. It is Irrfan who keeps up the pace of the movie in the second half when it becomes too insipid and intolerable for the audience. His art of being able to deliver the funniest, corniest and cheesiest of dialogues is his own unique style that can be well appreciated. Suneil Shetty contributes in his own ways but sadly, Bobby Deol cannot keep up with his co actors’ performances and rather looks out of place. Rimi Sen does her role very well; Sonam Kapoor fails to put up with good acting. Celina Jaitley has a smaller role and hardly gets scope to prove her acting skills. Vidya Balan has a cameo which is a sheer waste.

Anees Bazmee did come up with two good films like Welcome and Singh is King previously. However Thank You cannot be rated as much of a success and there was scope for the movie being much better. The attempt has been more or less feeble at comedy.

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