Thank You – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 8, 2011 | 2 Comment
PRODUCER – Ronnie Screwvala, Twinkle Khanna
DIRECTOR – Anees Bazmee
WRITER – Rajiv Kaul, Anees Bazmee, Rajan Agarwal, Ikram Akhtar
CAST – Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitly, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen
MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty
The season of flaky comedies to do with stereotypically wayward husbands and dazzlingly naïve wives continues with Anees Bazmee’s latest romp, ‘Thank You’. The film has nothing to do with the title except that you may feel like mouthing those words when the end credits roll, adding an ‘Its over’ to it.
The wayward husbands – Yogi (Suneil Shetty), Vikram (Irrfan Khan), Bobby Deol (Raj). The naïve wives – Maya (Celina Jaitley), Karthika (Rimi Sen), Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor). All strung together with two things, the husbands unfailing flings and Kishan (Akhay Kumar) a self-proclaimed detective in the business of ‘saving’ such poor wives and their marriage.
One may imagine it is a regular one-upmanship drama or in this case one-up‘woman’ship. The women hire Kishan to expose their husbands and the men hire Kishan to find out who is trying to expose them. Must have sounded fantastically funny on paper but one keeps wondering when the laughs will actually roll out. They never really do except a few patient smiles here and there.
The events play out with humour and lots of attempts at it along with a lot of song and dance and scantily clad foreign women prancing around. First Kishan tries to expose one husband then pits them against each other to cover his trail and then introduces a tame mafia don to further add to the confusion. All this, as is revealed in the end because his one-time waywardness led his loving wife to commit suicide and hence he made this profession his life-goal and penance.
If you don’t mind gender stereotype as only Bollywood can portray then ‘Thank You’ might passably interest you. Although a bit too long and formulaic, it isn’t as loud or mindless as some recent products from the maker’s and central star’s oeuvre. However, if singular typecasting in Hindi films is something that you simply cannot digest then this film might seem almost as wayward as the husbands and as naïve as the wives. Given the lack of any substantial comedy this then might seem a very bleak prospect for you.
One small thing that slightly redeems the fare is that the production values are top and the makers seem to have had some fun while making the film. If only we could participate in that fun too.