Thank you is a study in stereotypes & clichés about the genders. While all men (without any exception) are lecherous womanizers & perpetual cheaters (they want to have fun with other women but for some reason they still want to stay married to their wives ‘cos wife, we are told, is the one they REALLY love…they just don’t realize it as yet…Anees Bazmi has reiterated this theme repeatedly since he made ‘No Entry’) , women are fools who buy into the philadering husbands’ stupid alibis & even do Karwa Chauth for them (I’m totally against any vrat for any pati whether philandering or not, but I’ll tackle this issue later, in another post). The men are justified for their misdemeanours on the grounds that ‘aadmi ki fitrat hee aisee hoti hai kee use bacche apne aur biwi parayi acchi lagti hai’. & when women discover about the hubby’s adventures they blackmail him to sponsor more n more shopping for her/ try to commit suicide/ takes hold of his property by chicanery. This is the woman’s revenge!! It portrays sexist attitudes like it’s a woman’s duty to serve hot chai to pati while swallowing all her self-respect & take his barbs in her stride & that if a woman pays a bill she is trying to dominate, men should keep on paying the bills to maintain their superior status in the relationship. Irfan Khan mentioned in an interview that the movie is an ode to housewives…an ode or an insult??
The less said about the story, the better because it is just a culmination of highly unlikely & absurd situations. Basically it’s about 3 wives who suspect their hubbies of cheating on them & hire a detective (Akshay Kumar as Kisna) to find out more. The detective himself is an ex-philaderer who now having realized the greatness of a wife, is out to save other people’s marriages by sharing the lessons he has learnt about the greatness of wife with other hubbies (This doesn’t stop him from having an affair with other people’s wives, as is shown in his introduction scene where he is playing a flue n lot of skimply dressed women are dancing to his tune & a hubby comes with goons to shoot at him ‘cos Kisna is having an affair with his wife!!!!).
The comedy (??) can make only those people laugh who are not already put off by the ubiquitous sexist crap. I could laugh only at 2-3 places but the audience around me found some reason to laugh uproariously. Akshay suits the role & he n Suneil shetty got me a few laughs despite myself. Sonam Kapoor looks emaciated & perpetually confused. The music is actually jarring to the ears. The only foot thumping number is ‘pyaar do, pyaar lo’ but it loses out because of it’s sexist lyrics (Benamak, be-asar, dal jaisee agar, ghar kee murgi ho jaaye tau, pyar do, pyar lo…if your start finding your wife bland like daal then have fun with the spicy women outside…husbands apparently don’t become bland & their wife remains devoted to them eternally). The only thing I liked in the movie is Kisna’s flue which I found teally melodious!! The movie has been shot in Canada. Cinematography is exceptional but it can’t salvage a bad story, can it??