Review: Thank You

Movie Reviews8 April 2011

Anees Bazmee's 'Thank You' is very similar to his film 'No Entry' (2005); it's all about cheating husbands and trusting wives and how to reform the infidels. The premise and the treatment is almost the same which makes you wonder why Bazmee wants to re-tell an old story with some cosmetic changes.

It's been five years since his previous work on infidelity and nothing has changed in the interim; husbands manage to fool unsuspecting wives and the hapless spouse can do nothing except cry over their fates or commit suicide. The other option is the one that these women opt for- they hire a detective/friend/well-wisher who vows to reform the erring husbands.

The premise- Raj (Bobby Deol), Vikram (Irrfan Khan) and Yogi (Suneil Shetty) have beautiful, loving wives but are always looking for casual sex outside their marriage. Sonam (Bobby's wife) has blind trust in her husband and readily falls for every blatant cover-up. Enter Kishen (Akshay Kumar) who lays traps and counter-traps to first expose Bobby's many affairs and post-interval plots to teach him a lesson.

The treatment is as clichéd as imaginable- slapstick humour, lots of skimpily-clad women and a totally ridiculous plot that is stretched to no end. Dialogues like, "all men are dogs" are aplenty and the message is as regressive as it can get; it's like the director fails to realize that stereotypes like "the husband is God" and "doormat wives" are no longer the norm. Not only does the length of the film try your patience, the melodramatic monologue by Akshay on the institution of marriage and the plight of trusting wives is an endurance test. Even the much-hyped 'Razia' item song by Mallika Sherawat fails to alleviate the misery.

Akshay, Bobby and Suneil Shetty in this film are understandable but why did Irrfan Khan agree to this film?

If you want to pay and undergo this ordeal, it's your call. Share your views on the film with us. You can also connect with me on Twitter.

Also read Kunal's review

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