Movie Review: Thank You

Movie Review: Thank You

April 8th, 2011  |  YahaWaha Published in Bollywood Movie Reviews  |  6 Comments

Thank You: Sorry, No Thank You

Rating: 1.5 out of 5*

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Irrfan Khan, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Rimmi Sen, Celina Jaitley and Vidya Balan (in a Sp.App)

Director: Anees Bazmee

Anees Bazmee once had an enviable track record with a hat-trick of hits with No Entry, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng. But post it he seems to have lost his midas touch or rather depleted all his creative juices of making an entertainer. While his last release, No Problem was a super dud, his latest, Thank You, offers zero novelty, bad direction, idiotic screenplay and over the top acting all in the name of comedy.

Three colleagues cum friends Raj (Bobby Deol), Vikram (Irrfan Khan), and Yogi (Suneil Shetty) are busy enjoying their lives having multiple extra marital affairs. While Yogi’s wife Maya (Celina Jaitley) has caught him red handed, Vikram smartly ensures that his wife, Shivani (Rimmi Sen) is forever petrified of him to ask him any questions. When Raj’s wife Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor) starts doubting whether her hubby is loyal to her or not, Maya advises her to hire a private detective, Kishan (Akshay Kumar). Rest of the film is all about the supposedly hilarious methods that Kishan implements to bring the three philandering hubbies to book and what chaos it all leads to. There is also a small suspense element about Kishan’s main motive!

Five screenplay writers (Anees Bazmee, Rajiv Kaul, Ikram Akhtar, Rajan Agarwal and Nisar Akhtar) and yet what one gets is a stupid funny mish mash of of Biwi No.1, No Entry, Shaadi No.1 and Masti. Surely a case of too many cooks spoiling the cake. Akshay Kumar’s character is far too similar to Sanjay Dutt’s from Shaadi No.1. The entire unwanted flashback about Akki and his wife played by Vidya Balan doesn’t evoke the desired effect. Bazmee as a director seems to believe in continuously bombarding one gag after another and not giving the viewer the time to think. But sadly, most of his gags are not only stale this time but also unfunny! There are far too many continuity jerks as well.

Akki seems to have mastered the act of sleep walking through script-less wonders like these. His signature tune which he plays on his flute starts irritating after a point. Surprisingly, Suniel Shetty is much more in his comic element than Akki this time and evokes the maximum laughs. Bobby is strictly okay. While one wonders what made Irrfan be a part of such stupidity, he tries his best not to look embarrassed! Sonam Kapoor looks pretty but acts average. Rimmi Sen in fact gets more screen time than her and acts better. Celina is hardly there after her initial scenes. Her bad make up ruins whatever good you have to say about her. Mukesh Tiwari playing underworld don, King, has his moments, while Rakhi Vijan playing his wife picks up from where she left from Golmaal Returns’ hubby beating act.  Mallika Sherawat doesn’t quite sizzle in her item song, ‘Razia’.

Pritam’s music is strictly functional with the only popular number being the borrowed hit number Pyar Do Pyar Lo from Jaanbaaz (1986). Steven H. Barnard’s editing is inconsistent with many unjustified jump cuts. Despite having shot the film abroad (Canada), the production values are tacky at some places. One can’t fathom the use of chroma screen for highlighting a big party sequence.

Thank You is certainly more tolerable than Bazmee’s last outing, No Problem, but it is still bad if compared to his Singh Is Kingg. Go for it at your own risk!

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