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Jaya Biswas

Film: Thank You
Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Celina Jaitley, Rimi Sen
Rating: Average

Men hate him, women simply adore him. Anees Bazmee’s latest film, Thank You, sees Akshay Kumar playing a detective who specialises in extra-marital relationships. Akki tells heartbroken wives about their promiscuous husbands, enlightens them with signs of a cheating man and how to catch him red-handed. He educates women and makes them wiser. Well, now you know why!
The basic premise of the plot dwells on ‘Men are dogs’ and ‘Women are dumb’ philosophies. Raj (Bobby Deol), Vikram (Irrfan Khan) and Yogi (Suniel Shetty) are three married men trying to have some fun outside their marriage. Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor), Karthika (Rimi Sen) and Radha (Celina Jaitley) play their lovely wives.
All seems to go well until Sanjana senses something fishy about her hubby’s smooth-going life. On Karthika and Radha’s suggestions, Sanjana hires the perpetually flute-playing private detective Kishan (Akshay Kumar), who promises to teach the three philandering husbands a lesson that they’ll never forget. Sounds familiar? Thank You, sadly, comes across as a not-so-appealing concoction of erstwhile releases like Shaadi No. 1, Biwi No. 1, Masti et al. But most prominently, it is hugely inspired by Bazmee’s own film, No Entry.
While nothing significant happens in the first half, the storyline gets slightly better post interval. But just when you feel the end credits are about to roll, it starts stretching like a chewing gum with Raj’s ‘realisation’ phase in focus. That’s not all. It’s followed by an unnecessary and predictable flashback of Akshay and his wife played by Vidya Balan.
Pritam’s music is uninspiring except for Mika’s Pyaar do Pyaar lo number (from Jaanbaaz-1986), which is already climbing the music charts. The song sounds more like a remix and looks very much like trying a re-do of Apni To Jaise Taise from Housefull.
Akshay delivers an average performance; he does nothing that we haven’t seen him do before. One wonders if Akki doesn’t get tired of playing clichéd roles. Irrfan Khan is simply brilliant with his superb comic timing. Suniel Shetty’s character seems an extension of Hera Pheri. Bobby Deol is decent. As far as the leading women are concerned, Rimi Sen is good but not very different from what she did in Dhoom, Sonam Kapoor looks the prettiest of all. But that’s about it. As far as performance is concerned, this is certainly not one of her best performances. Celina Jaitley doesn’t really stand a chance as she remains absent most of the time. Mallika Sherawat with her item number fails to tickle you.
Annes Bazmee should perhaps say “I’m sorry” for directing Thank You. Watch it for Irrfan, if you must.





Supreeta Singh

Film: No Problem

Director: Anees Bazmee

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Sushmita Sen, Kangana Ranaut, Neetu Chandra

Rating: Poor

The first thing that would come to your mind after watching No Problem is a series of questions. For example, why did Anees Bazmee make this film? Why was it released for public viewing? And if it was released for public viewing, why did I have to go and torture myself with such utter nonsense? The film is an absolute no-brainer which is sure to win the ‘worst film in 2010’ award. It falls under the category of ‘comedy’ and it will make you laugh due to its incomprehensible sequence of events. The plot is as convoluted as its execution. Yash (Sanjay Dutt) and Raj Ambani (Akshaye Khanna) are two small-time thieves who rob a bank in a remote village of South Africa and flee to Durban. The bank manager, Jhandulal (Paresh Rawal) is forced to follow them. In Durban, there is a nincompoop senior inspector, Arjun (Anil Kapoor). His wife suffers from split personality and therefore has two names, Kajal and Kamini (Sushmita Sen). She hates her husband because he is such a dim-wit. There is an international criminal, Marcos (Suneil Shetty) and his team of dumb crooks. There is also a corrupt politician. The story revolves around robberies, murders and a spate of unnecessary confusions that would make you lose the thread of the plot. Anees Bazmee has been able to deliver a film that has nothing going for it. The script is inane and dialogues are meaningless. There is not a single joke or incident that would tickle your funny bone. Although the film boasts of a huge star-cast, yet none of them make an impact. Sanjay Dutt and Sushmita Sen look old and tired. Sushmita’s Kajal and Kamini are both forgettable. Bazmee has failed to tap Suneil Shetty and Paresh Rawal’s comic timing and acting prowess. Anil Kapoor is silly to the core. Kangana Ranaut provides the only comic relief with her tasteless styling and costumes, atrocious expressions and incorrect pronunciations. Neetu Chandra as the hot arm-candy and companion of Marcos is perhaps the only bright spot. Neither the music nor the cinematography lifts the mood. If you are unfortunate enough to watch this film, then a couple of things will make you suspend your disbelief. In random order: there are two talking gorillas in the film who come to Durban all the way from a South African jungle to save Yash and Raj in the middle of a fight. Suneil Shetty’s name Marcos is pronounced differently by the different characters in the film which seems to test your hearing ability. During an encounter with the criminals, Arjun is shot seven times. Two bullets get lodged in his stomach. Doctors warn that they will roam around his body and make him laugh anytime anywhere. The film’s title is nothing but an irony.

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