Friday, 11 November 2011

Sanket's Review: "Thank You" is entertaining in spurts

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

Director: Anees Bazmee

Length: 2.15 hours approximately

Haven’t we witnessed husband’s infidelity in past comedies, one directed by the same director (No Entry)? “Thank You” the new outing also plays the same formula. The situations might be newer but they are bizarre and illogical. I never mind illogical comedies but if they are done convincingly. This one is only partly convincing and very limited comedy.

It seems the director took the failure of his last “No Problem” too seriously and so along with comedy he induces some emotions and sidelines action. The makers are so desperate to entertain that they won’t shy from doing anything they can. Frankly, this attitude goes against this film. While the first half ends briskly with some hilarious one-liners but the interval point demands your hearty attention to use it in second half. The film has comic noise but the track turns emotional towards few last minutes. You actually can’t figure which is a gag and which is sentimental scene. Bazmee tries to serve tasty food but his ingredients (comedy mixing with emotions) plays spoilsport in its second half.

The problem lies in writing who misses the flight post-interval. We must hardly talk about scripts in comedies like these but the screenplay too lacks in second hour especially in final few minutes. There were some situations out of which Bazmee could have brought some laugh-riot jokes but his direction looses spark from the beginning itself.

The music has decency but I offend the sound technicians who ruin good songs to very ordinary ones. “Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo”, “Razia” and “Full Volume” could have been the highpoints but the soundings looks lazy. I had same clutch in a very healthy and shaky “Shakira” track from Bazmee’s very own “No Problem”. That song too was ruined by bad sound technicalities.

But nevertheless, there are some brighter spots too. The locales are mind bogglingly pictured. The dialogues are witty and at point damn hilarious. The best lines are reserved for Rimi Sen, Irrfan Khan but mostly for Suniel Shetty. Their characters rise and for that they must “Thank” Bazmee who reserved best lines for them. And several occasions where you will laugh on some rollicking situations but how you wish they were well treated.

The three persons I mentioned before does a superb job by delivering the funniest lines of film in their own elegance. Rimi Sen surprises and so does Suniel Shetty. Irrfan Khan is usually good. Sonam Kapoor is let down by bad written role for her. She is the only role in whole film which is confusing and boring. She still puts her efforts but rather she herself should have denied accepting such thankless offer. Celina Jaitley is unimpressive. But among all rises Akshay Kumar whose comic timing is unmatchable and his emotional expressions too makes him better than others. He takes the film to another level because though his character has nothing much, still he puts in the right box. Kudos to him! Mallika’s number is let down by bad sound technicalities. Vidya Balan adds some surprise in her cameo. A funny climax would have been good instead of superficial emotions which has no depth.

One definitely wishes that the film should have been either a complete comedy or one serious take on relationship. But “Thank You” is just moderate mix-up. It is entertaining in spurts only and that goes against the high expectations. Watch it, yes but reduce your expectations and forget logic the moment you enter the auditorium. A decent experience thanks to some corny one-liners and enjoyable acts from the lead.

Rating- 2.5/5

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