Thank You (2011 film)

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Thank You
Thank You Hindi Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anees Bazmee
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Twinkle Khanna
Written by Anees Bazmee
Nisar Akhtar
Ikram Akhtar
Starring Akshay Kumar
Sunil Shetty
Amna Batool
Bobby Deol
Rimi Sen
Celina Jaitley
Irrfan Khan
Music by Pritam
Cinematography Ravi Yadav
Edited by Steven H. Bernard
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Hari Om Productions
Release dates
  • 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08)
Running time
137 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Thank You (Hindi: थैंक यू) is a 2011 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by UTV Motion Pictures.[1][2][3] It features Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen and.Celina Jaitley The film was released on 8 April 2011. Thank You is about three married men trying to have some fun outside their marriage. Akshay Kumar plays a detective who specialises in extra-marital relationships.[4][5] Most of the scenes in this film were shot in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada and Bangkok. Other Bollywood films which have focused around a similar concept are Masti, No Entry, Shaadi No. 1 and to a certain extent, Do Knot Disturb.

Plot[edit]

Raj (Bobby Deol), Yogi (Sunil Shetty) and Vikram (Irrfan Khan) are best friends and business partners who are married to Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor), Maya (Celina Jaitley), and Shivani (Rimi Sen), respectively. What their wives don't know is that their husbands cheat on them often with not one, but many women.

Yogi has already been caught by Maya after the latter hired her new-found friend Kishan (Akshay Kumar), a private detective, to check on Yogi. Now Yogi's status in the marriage is reduced to that of a butler at home. Yet Yogi still has aspirations for more hanky panky if the right opportunity comes along.

Raj is in good shape, as Sanjana is quite gullible and suspects nothing. However, Sanjana finds out from Maya that the necklace that Raj had supposedly bought only for her actually was a buy one, get one free deal. So where is the other necklace? Shivani, Maya, and Sanjana all get together, and Maya decides to hire Kishan to tail Raj.

Kishan has built his reputation as a man who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways, and is also an expert in playing the flute. When he is first introduced to Sanjana, he seems to fall in love at first sight, or so it is made to appear at this point in the film. Initially a sceptical Sanjana rebukes Kishan's early attempts to prove that her husband is a lying cheat. This, however, only makes Kishan more determined.

Kishan first attempts to bring all the girlfriends of Raj, Vikram and Yogi to one party, at the same time when all the wives are there as well, to force a surprise face-off, thus exposing the cheating husbands. But Raj, with the help of the others, manages to lie his way out of the situation convincingly. Frustrated, but now even more determined, Kishan hatches a new plan, to break the friendship of the three men, by portraying Yogi as a traitor.

Raj and Vikram, initially embarrassed, now become suspicious that someone is helping their wives behind the scenes, to ruin their marriages. They decide at this point to seek professional help and look to hire a private detective to find out who it is. In a twist of fate, they end up at Kishan's office! However, Kishan pretends he has no idea who they are, and chooses to play a double game, agreeing to act as their detective while unknown to them being the very person working for their wives that they are looking for.

Kishan now records Yogi talking to Sanjana in a park, hires a voice-over artist, and dubs the tape with Yogi now appearing (in the voice over) as if he is betraying Raj and Vikram's secrets to Sanjana. Kishan then shows this altered version to Raj and Vikram, making them to feel betrayed by Yogi. However, as fate has it, they get a chance for revenge right away when Yogi calls and confides in them that he is off to see Sweetie, one of his old girlfriends.

Raj and Vikram are quick to reveal this information to Maya, as a result of which Yogi is caught red-handed by Maya, who goes ballistic at the site of Yogi in a hotel room with a girlfriend. Kishan also manages to get Raj, catching him standing in his bathrobe outside an apartment building window ledge due to his girlfriend's husband unexpectedly showing up at the door inside. Kishan calls in the news channel and the police to get the stranded Raj broadcast live on TV. He then calls Sanjana, asking her to turn on the TV and see for herself what Raj is up to.

Caught red-handed, Raj asks Vikram for help, the later comes up with a ploy to make it appear that both Raj and Vikram are undercover police officers in real life. And as such, Raj was out on a mission when caught on camera and that the whole resulting "cheating husband outside window" scenario shown on TV was actually all a misunderstanding. The gullible Sanjana wholeheartedly buys into the story, much to Kishan's frustration.

Kishan now hatches his own counter-plot and pretends to be the gangster don, King (Mukesh Tiwari) who is supposedly out to kill Raj and Vikram, thinking they are indeed police officers. When Raj and Vikram come face to face with King, they quickly backtrack on their story of being undercover police officers. However, King (Kishan) is able to scare Raj and Vikram into being blindfolded and taken as his prisoners. He then has them admitting, unknowingly in front of Sanjana and Shivani, that the whole secret agent thing is a fabrication and they have many girlfriends with whom they cheat on their wives regularly.

Sanjana and Shivani become extremely upset upon hearing these confessions, the latter fainting on the spot and Sanjana attempting suicide soon thereafter. Meanwhile, the double agent ruse has begun to wear thin after all this time. While at his office, Raj, Vikram and Yogi accidentally figure out that Kishan is, in fact, the person behind all the troubles they are in with their wives. When Kishan arrives, they quickly surround him with the intent to harm him, when all of a sudden Sanjana walks in. She is quick to defend Kishan, who had earlier saved her from committing suicide. At this point Raj threatens to divorce Sanjana, mistakenly assuming she is in love with Kishan.

Sometime later, with the divorce finalised, Raj, Vikram and Yogi are found drunk at a lake-side restaurant, when Kishan appears all of a sudden. He has with him wedding cards inviting the three over to a wedding. Raj assumes its Kishan and Sanjana's wedding, and starts to chase after Kishan. Since he is drunk, he keeps missing and then accidentally smashes a police officer. The three friends are then arrested, and put in jail. Where they reminisce about the tragedy that has befallen them. But the next morning, they are bailed out by the don King, much to their surprise.

Out of jail, and armed with a gun supplied by King, Raj, full of rage, heads straight for the wedding and straight away shoots Kishan, supposedly killing him on the spot. However, it turns out, the bullets were all fake blanks, planted by don in collaboration with Kishan himself. Kishan gets up and reveals that the wedding was actually supposed to be between Sanjana and the surprise groom, Raj himself, much to the embarrassment of Raj.

It becomes clear at this point that Kishan was never after Sanjana herself as has been made to appear throughout the film. But that Kishan did all this because he himself once had a wife (Vidya Balan), who committed suicide after finding out that Kishan was cheating on her. From that day on, Kishan decided to become a private detective going around saving marriages in crisis, like his own. After this emotional revelation, Raj, Yogi and Vikram promise to give up outside-relationships. All the couples get back together, Raj and Sanjana get remarried. At the reception, Sanjana's sister asks Sanjana's mother where he is, Sanajana's mother says that he has gone to rescue another marriage in crisis. It then shows Kishan walking in town, playing his flute.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Sonam Kapoor replaced Katrina Kaif as the lead actress, since the director wanted to have a change with Akshay Kumar's love interest. The film was shot at different locations in Vancouver, Toronto, Canada and Bangkok. It was made on a budget of INR 50 crore, while an additional amount of INR 80 million was spent on promotions.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Thank You opened to negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film with two stars out of five saying, "What could've been an honest take on dishonesty fails to leave a mark eventually".[7] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film one star and stated, "Badly scripted, shoddily photographed and embarrassingly performed, Thank You is one of those rare films that gets absolutely nothing right."[8] Anupama Chopra of NDTV gave one and a half stars and commented, "My brains were battered to pulp and my eardrums are still recovering from Pritam’s cacophonous sound-track."[9] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India awarded two and a half stars saying, "You have a film that can be an average weekend getaway. Nothing more, not even Mallika Sherawat's item number."[10] music by pritam

Box office[edit]

Thank You had a below average opening of Rs. 50.0 million according to Box Office India.[11] It showed a 20% increase on Saturday, bringing the two-day total to Rs. 110 million nett.[12] The film grossed approximately INR 320 million by the end of the weekend[13] and INR 520 million nett by the end of its first week.[14] It raked in Rs. 112.5 million in its second week taking the total to 400 million net.[15] The film netted a total of Rs. 450 million in India taking its worldwide total Rs. 700 million apparently.[16] The film was declared flop by BoxofficeIndia.com.[17] The film however managed to recover 90% of its cost through the sale of satellite, music and territorial rights.[6] The satellite and music rights were sold to Colors and T-Series respectively for a sum of INR 300 million.[6]

Interesting facts[edit]

In scene where Kishan is escaping from pursuers the trick of Jackie Chan's character Buck Yuen from his movie "The Accidental Spy" is reproduced. Particularly, Kishan runs into an alleyway, and sees large pieces of clothes hanging from above. He performs quick acrobatic moves to twist the material around himself in a manner of women's dress and covers his face. Thus, disguised in the clothes he manages to make his escape.

Soundtrack[edit]

Thank You
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 4 March 2011
Genre Film soundtrack
Label T-Series

The film's soundtrack is composed by Pritam. Lyrics are penned by Kumaar, Ashish Pandit and Amitabh Bhattacharya. The song "Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo" is taken from old film Janbaaz. An additional song "Viah Di Raat (Khushiyan Da Mela)" was used in the film but has not been included in the soundtrack album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo"   Amitabh Bhattacharya Mika Singh 5:15
2. "Razia"   Ashish Pandit Master Saleem, Ritu Pathak 4:54
3. "Full Volume"   Kumaar Neeraj Shridhar, Richa Sharma, Suzanne D'Mello 4:07
4. "My Heart Is Beating"   Kumaar Sonu Nigam 3:54
5. "Pyaar Mein"   Amitabh Bhattacharya Neeraj Shridhar, Javed Ali 4:37
6. "Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo - Remix"   Amitabh Bhattacharya Mika Singh 4:39
7. "Razia - Remix"   Ashish Pandit Master Saleem, Ritu Pathak 4:26
8. "Full Volume - Remix"   Kumaar Neeraj Shridhar, Richa Sharma 4:25
9. "My Heart Is Beating - Remix"   Kumaar Sonu Nigam 4:44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bobby Deol in Anees Bazmee's next Thank You". Mid Day. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Salman, Asin to star in Anees Bazmee's next". Hindustan Times. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sonam is a workaholic". India Today. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Thank You is like No Entry but not a sequel: Anees Bazmee". Noyon Jyoti Parasara (Ticket Please News). Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bindu Suresh Rai (24 March 2011). "Bollywood sets a wedding date in Dubai". Emirates 24/7. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Sharmistha Mukherjee (5 April 2011). "Screen cautiously prepares to wrestle cricket for attention". Business Standard. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Adarsh, Taran (8 April 2011). "Thank You: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Masand, Rajeev (9 April 2011). "Masand:'Thank You' is an awful film". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Chopra, Anupama (8 April 2011). "Review: Thank You". NDTV. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (7 April 2011). "Thank You Movie Review". Times of India. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Thank You First Day Business". Boxofficeindia.com. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Saturday Update: Thank You Shows Growth". Boxofficeindia.com. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Thank You First Weekend Business". Boxofficeindia.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Teen Thay Bhai Non Starter Thank You Below The Mark First Week". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Dum Maaro Dum Dull Opening Thank You Steady Second Week". Boxofficeindia.com. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "2011 Worldwide Figures: Twenty Films Cross 50 Crore". Box office India. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "All India 2011 (Figures in INR Crore)". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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