Thank You (2011 film)
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|Directed by||Anees Bazmee|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala
|Written by||Anees Bazmee
|Edited by||Steven H. Bernard|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures
Hari Om Productions
|Budget||₹580 million (US$8.6 million)|
|Box office||₹1.02 billion (US$15 million)|
Thank You (Hindi: थैंक यू) is a 2011 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by UTV Motion Pictures. It features Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen and Celina Jaitly. 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. Most of the scenes in this film were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario in Canada and Bangkok. Other Bollywood films which have focused around a similar concept are Shriman Shrimati, Masti, No Entry, Shaadi No. 1 and to a certain extent, Do Knot Disturb.
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 Jaitly), 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 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. Vikram, on the other hand, maintains a strict hand on his wife and treats her condescendingly most of the time.
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 part of a buy one, get one free deal. Shivani, Maya, and Sanjana all get together to find the other, 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 Vikram and Yogi exclaiming them as the boyfriend, 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 pouring out 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, who is set to be married next month.
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 humiliate 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 channels 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 believes the story, much to Kishan's frustration.
Kishan now hatches his own counter-plot and pretends to be the gangster don, King, 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. However, Kishan rescues her and convinces her to work with him in a plan that will restore her marriage. The first step is for him to pretend to be Sanjana's new lover. He has Yogi give Raj and Vikram the information that Sanjana is now dating another man and loves him. The trio reunite and try ways to find out who this person is, nearly coming close to doing so on some occasions. Kishan also pretends to be Shivani's brother and the latter has Vikram tricked into signing over all his property to herself under the ruse of a bank document. Thus, Vikram is thrown out of his own house by Shivani and her family. He next convinces the trio that the real King is the man Sanjana is having an affair with. Since King's wife suspects him of having an affair, the trio are convinced to go to her and tell her everything. Along with her, they storm King's house and Raj then beats up King (Mukesh Tiwari) after the latter's wife has done so. However, this is revealed to be a misunderstanding as the woman with King at the time is not Sanjana, but somebody else.
Completely out of options, Raj, Vikram and Yogi go to Kishan's office. While there, they 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 decides 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 some cards inviting the three over to a wedding. Raj assumes it is Kishan and Sanjana's wedding, and starts to chase Kishan. Since he is drunk, he keeps missing and Vikram 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 King 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.
- Akshay Kumar as Kishan, a private detective
- Bobby Deol as Raj Malhotra
- Irrfan Khan as Vikram Chopra
- Suniel Shetty as Yogi Mathur
- Sonam Kapoor as Sanjana Malhotra
- Rimi Sen as Shivani Chopra
- Celina Jaitly as Maya Mathur
- Chahat Khanna as Kanisha a.k.a. Kuku, Sanjana's sister
- Smita Jaykar as Sanjana's Mother
- Shillpi Sharma as Kammo
- Mukesh Tiwari as King
- Rakhee Tandon as King's wife
- Ranjeet as TT (a Don)
- Vidya Balan as Kishan's wife (Cameo Appearance)
- Mallika Sherawat as Razia (Special Appearance in item song)
- Lilly Singh Bhangra dancer in background
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, Ontario, Canada and Bangkok. It was made on a budget of ₹500 million, while an additional amount of ₹80 million was spent on promotions.
Through earning more than NRI 1 billion, Thank You opened to negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film with 2/5 Stars saying, "What could've been an honest take on dishonesty fails to leave a mark eventually". 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." 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." 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."
Thank You had a below average opening of ₹50 million according to Box Office India. It showed a 20% increase on Saturday, bringing the two-day total to ₹110 million nett. The film grossed approximately ₹320 million by the end of the weekend and ₹520 million nett by the end of its first week. It raked in ₹112.5 million in its second week taking the total to ₹400 million net. The film netted a total of ₹600 million in India taking its worldwide total ₹1.08 billion. The film was declared average by BoxofficeIndia.com. The film however managed to recover 90% of its cost through the sale of satellite, music and territorial rights. The satellite and music rights were sold to Colors and T-Series respectively for a sum of ₹300 million.
|Soundtrack album by Pritam|
|Released||4 March 2011|
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.
|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|
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