WELCOME, NO PROBLEM and now THANK YOU, Annes Bazmee seems to have a special liking for these words of expressions. Comedy is the common element in all these films. Even Akshay Kumar is the common factor in WELCOME and THANK YOU.
The last time Akshay Kumar and Anees Bazmee paired up in 2008, the result was an immensely successful SINGH IS KINNG. Now, after almost three years, their jodi is back with THANK YOU, which is hugely inspired by Bazmee's own film, NO ENTRY.
Raj (Bobby Deol), Vikram (Irrfan Khan) and Yogi (Suniel Shetty) treat their respective wives Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor), Karthika (Rimi Sen) and Radha (Celina Jaitley) as ghar ki murgi, dal barabar. Suspecting that her husband Raj is philandering, Sanjana hires the perpetually flute-playing private detective Kishan (Akshay Kumar), who promises to teach the three promiscuous husbands a lesson that they'll never forget.
Anees Bazmee fails to add freshness in a plot which he already showcased in NO ENTRY. All that you get here is busty women, copious songs and humdrum sequences. It also propagates the 'Men are dogs' and 'Women are dumb' philosophies. While nothing significant happens in the first half, the narrative gets slightly better post the interval. But just when you feel the end credits are about to roll, it starts dragging with Raj and Sanjana's spoilt relationship in focus. That's not all. It's followed by a tacky and predictable flashback story of Akshay Kumar.
There are some genuine funny scenes like when an intoxicated Raj bashes up a person wearing black hat in a pub, just because he spotted his wife Sanjana with man in a black hat. Vikram has a misconception that he knows women realy well. It's hard not to laugh at his mastermind tricks and dialogues. Even the 'Kisna' scene in the first half is uproarious. However, they are far from a providing a satiating experience.
Pritam's music is uninspiring. Ravi Yadav's cinematography is first-rate. Steven H. Bernard has edited the film well.
Aneees Bazmee has handled Akshay Kumar in a very restrained manner. Akshay delivers a fine performance, but offers nothing that we haven't seen him do before. Irrfan Khan, with a superb comic timing, is excellent. Suniel Shetty is passable. Bobby Deol is decent. As far as the ladies are concerned, Rimi Sen is stupendous, Sonam Kapoor acts poorly, while Celina Jaitley (thankfully) gets no scope. Mallika Sherawat fails to impress in the Razia item number.
Annes Bazmee should perhaps say 'sorry' for offering nothing new in THANK YOU. Watch it for Irrfan, if you must.