Movie: Thank You

Cast:  Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Irrfan Khan, Suniel Shetty, Rimi Sen, Sonam Kapoor and Celina Jaitley

Director:  Anees Bazmee

Jagran Rating :   Disappointing

Story line:  Been there, done that- is how the plot of Aness Bazmee’s ‘Thank You’ can be summed up. Three friends, Bobby Deol, Irrfan Khan and Sunil Shetty, are driven more by their libido than faithfulness to their respective spouses, played by Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitley.

A private detective (Akshay Kumar) is hired by the wives to expose their hubbies’ infidelity but trouble starts when the detective falls for one of the ladies.

A trite story line with Anees Bazmee style of comic punches and droves of bikini-clad blondes throwing themselves over and around the three desi protagonists in the film is what makes one say ‘No thankx’ to ‘Thank You’.

The last time Akshay Kumar and Anees Bazmee paired up in 2008, the result was immensely successful Singh Is King. Now, after almost three years, their jodi is back with Thank You, which is hugely inspired by Bazmee's own film, No Entry. But, sadly, this time neither Bazmee’s humour-touch nor Akshay’s correct comedy timings could lift the film to the stature of Singh Is King.

Thumbs up: A few slivers of genuine laughter are provided by the likes of Irrfan Khan (playing a domineering hubby ordering around his docile wife all the time) and Sunil Shetty (going ‘oo-laa-laa-aye-o’ at his friend’s misfortune). Cinematography by Ravi Yadav is really good and he made it sure that the producer’s money spent on shooting at foreign locales didn’t go in vain. And. sadly, the list stops here.

Thumbs down:  First and foremost Pritam’s music lets you down, nothing impressive. On top of that Anees Bazmee fails to add freshness in a plot which he already showcased in No Entry and Welcome. All that you get here is busty women, copious songs and monotonous sequences.

While the first half is really unbearable, the narrative gets slightly better post the interval. But just when you start putting your attention expecting a new twist, it starts dragging.

Bobby, Suniel and Irrfan look completely out of the place while three heroines Rimi, Celina, Sonam look mere mannequins in the movie. They really have nothing to do in the movie. Irrfan Khan and Suneil Shetty try to kick a bit of fun, although Bobby Deol has hardly any humour tailored into his role.

The most expressionless of the lot is Bobby Deol, while the ladies are terribly out of form. Sonam hides her lanky frame behind designer dresses. Celina surprisingly sticks to saris and goes missing for most part of the film. Rimi Sen looks like she’s been binging on chocolates.

However, a loose script, lack of imagination and some terrible acting proves to be the bane of the film. Thank You ends up as a bum-aching comedy. And ridiculously it stereotypes man as irrevocably promiscuous and even labels them as ‘dogs’. Can easily give a miss, unless you are a staunch feminist (no offence please!).

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