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Friday, April 8, 2011
Anees Bazmee
Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Celina Jaitly, Rimi Sen
A rehashed version of Masti and No Entry, with a familiar storyline and mediocre performances. Falling flat like old wine in an open bottle is the done-to-death formula of unfaithful husbands and their hapless wives trying to reform them with the help of another man. If you are able to swallow this one, it’s only because of the occasional sprinkling of comedy.

The plot: Raj (Bobby Deol), Yogi (Suniel Shetty) and Vikram (Irrfan Khan) are best friends, business partners, characterless Casanovas and…. happily married men. Happy, because their lovely wives, typical Bharatiya Naris, trust their spouses implicitly and are blithely oblivious of the fact that their husbands cheat on them with every PYT they set their eyes on. This picture-perfect world is rocked when Raj's wife, Sanjana (Sonam Kapoor) begins to have doubts about her husband’s fidelity and hires a suave private detective, Kishan (Akshay Kumar), to tail him. This same Kishan also helps the other two wives to keep tabs on their husbands. Since all three are best friends, the task gets easier. How he nails all three men and forces them to realize the value of their wonderful wives, forms the basis of the plot. Remember ajay Devgn doing the same routine in Masti?

The good: None of the roles demand much histrionics. Irrfan Khan’s performance stands out, although he gets little scope to show his acting skills. His amusing one-liners give you an incentive to stay in your seat till the movie ends.

The not-so-good: It’s a no-brainer like most comedies of its ilk. Do not expect sense or logical connections in this one. There are moments in the film when you go, “Really? What rubbish!” Women are portrayed as dumb mannequins who believe the lamest explanations spewed forth by their husbands. The music (Pritam, don’t take a bow) has as little depth as the script. The second half is mad chaos with characters like King doing little to prop up the movie. Everything about the movie looks passé and played out.
Anees Bazmee’s career graph is showing a sharp decline. After Singh Is Kinng he plunged downwards with No Problem and now he plummets even lower with Thank You.
And finally: We repeat our favourite wrap-up line: slapstick and mayhem do not necessarily add up to comedy!  
–    Pooja Thakkar

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