Director Vikram Kumar, who has made notable films like ‘Manam’ and ‘Ishq’, has thankfully disappointed with this film
With the number of Telugu films doing well at the box office, Naga Chaitanya’s filmThank youIt was also expected to shine. Unfortunately this movie directed by Vikram Kumar where Chay as Naga Chaitanya is known plays a self centered egotistical successful man named Abhiram who is forced to think about his past and the mistakes he made due to an incident that happened. The regret he feels forces him to remember his past and thank everyone who has entered his life – friends and enemies – so far and made him who he is. The film takes us through his life and what makes him return to the man he was before.
BVS Ravi has penned this story which is a fairly straightforward narrative with no shocking or unexpected twists and the script is written by director Vikram Kumar. Unlike the hero who is always an adventurer, Abhiram is a man who has his imperfections and his character clearly shows his transformation with time. The subject of the film is not new and resembles various other films that have been released in the past. ‘Autograph(2004) for example also takes us through the hero’s past from his school years to college etc.Thank you” he tries to go a step further, moving between the US where he became a corporate honcho and Vizag where he spent his college days in sync with Abhiram’s life. The second half of the film devoted to the college parts in Vizag is very long and tedious. The writing needed to be much sharper with a highly convincing plot because a person who has become ruthless and egotistical over time is not likely to suddenly change during the day. One cannot relate to a lot of the things Abhiram talks about and trying to sympathize with him is difficult.
Naga Chaitanya shines in the role of Abhiram and manages to bring out the subtle nuances from a young hardworking man to an arrogant and ruthless success. On paper, the role of Abhiram would look appealing to Chaya as it has shades of gray and gives the actor a new dimension in terms of the character’s character. However, it doesn’t translate well on screen because the script is weak. Raashii Khanna as Priya is seen as a very emotional woman in the film and although it takes her at times, she nailed her role as well as Avika Gor.
PC Sreeram’s cinematography needs to be talked about – it is one of the highlights of the film. Aesthetically, the film scores the best and Thaman’s title song is memorable, but the rest is nothing remarkable. As mentioned earlier, director Vikram Kumar has also written the screenplay for this film and even though he has done very well with earlier films like “Manam‘ and ‘Ishq‘, ‘Thank you” is unfortunately a big disappointment.
Latha Srinivasan is a senior journalist based in Chennai. Her passion is entertainment, travel and dogs.