Adultery is the theme of Thank You

Producers: Ronnie Screwvala, Twinkle Khanna
Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitly, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen, Mallika Sherawat, Vidya Balan

MUMBAI:Adultery is the theme of Thank You and one-upmanship is there to provide lighter moments.

Inspired by the 2001 Hollywood film, Two Can Play That Game, Thank You is about three friends, Irrfan, Suniel Shetty and Bobby Deol who are business partners but are more occupied in the business of seducing women and sleeping around; all three have unsuspecting wives till they learn otherwise.

Suniel Shetty has already been caught in the act and gets the treatment a mule would from his wife, Celina Jaitly; when Sonam suspects her husband, Bobby Deol, Celina advises her to seek the help of Akshay Kumar, a specialist in unearthing such cases of straying husbands. Soon Rimi Sen also ends up seeking Akshay’s services.

Among the three, Irrfan, Suniel Shetty and Bobby Deol, Irfaan is the mastermind of cooking up schemes and on-the-spot solutions every time any of them lands in trouble leading to some fairly funny situations.

However, it is when they realise that their women have someone ratting on them that they also end up engaging Akshay to find who is spying on them when some really funny sequences happen. Akshay Kumar, of course, has a noble cause and a sad story for doing what he is doing- mend broken relations.
Thank You falls short in the music department with not a single number topping the popularity charts. This could be the main factor of the film not managing to take a decent opening. Also, there may be a few good funny scenes but there are none to bring the house down. What saves the film from tedium is multiple star cast.
Since Akshay Kumar is not much of a comedian nor can he claim great comic timing, he depends mainly on making faces. How many times can he make the same kind of faces and get away with it since he has insisted on acting in comedy films continuously!

Resultantly, Irrfan steals the show with his deadpan comedy and witty dialogue. While Suniel Shetty just manages to hold his own, Bobby Deol is a liability to the cast. Of the three girls, Celina Jaitly is fair, Sonam Kapoor a
non-performer and Rimi Sen is the one who impresses. Mallika Sherawat’s item song and Vidya Balan’s cameo do nothing to lift the film.

Shot totally in Canada, Anees Bazmee is in control within the scope the script offers. He is let down by music and a cast full of non-comic comedian cast. Cinematography is good.

Having had an opening response which is below par, Thank You may do little better over the weekend but is unlikely to hold out against the IPL season 4 that kicks off today.

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