Review of the film “Thank you”: no mention
Movie: Thank you
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna, Malvika Nair, Prakash Raj, Avika Gor, Sai Sushanth Reddy and others
Story: BVS Ravi
Music: S. Thaman
PDO: PC Serveram
Editor: Navin Nooli
Production design: Ram Kumar
Producer: Raju, Sirish
Screenplay and Directed by: Vikram K Kumar
Release date: July 22, 2022
Although the movie didn’t generate much hype, “Thank You” is a standout movie because it brought back the “Manam” combination. And the film is produced by the great director Dil Raju.
Let’s discover its merits and demerits.
Abhiram (Naga Chaitanya) succeeds with his focused approach to work. He is developing an app named Vaidya in the United States. Her lover Priya (Raashi Khanna) helps her with the seed funding. But she breaks up with him because her self-centered nature drives her away from him.
After his breakup and another incident, he realizes that expressing his gratitude to everyone who has shaped his success is the only way to find happiness again. He embarks on a journey to thank them all.
The film is undoubtedly Naga Chaitanya’s spectacle. Appearing age-appropriate to the character at various stages of life, he pulls off the role convincingly. Naga Chaitanya managed to look like a teenager in a key part and behave like one as well. He showed the required maturity in the last parts of the film.
Raashi Khanna gets a character that has some leeway. She shines in emotional scenes. She also shares a sizzling chemistry with Naga Chaitanya.
Malavika Nair is fine. Prakash Raj brings value to the brief streak he is in. Sai Sushanth Reddy is doing his part well. Avika Gor is fine.
Thaman gave quite ordinary music. Except for the title track, the rest is forgettable. Its background score is adequate, however.
The striking feature of the film is the PC Sreeram cinematography. He captured the American footage beautifully, although the same cannot be said for the rest of the film.
The dialogues are clear.
Net execution time
The long and apathetic episode of Vizag
The story of “Thank You” tells the journey of a successful young person who meets the different people who have influenced or helped him get to where he is. This single line is similar to that of “Naa Autograph” by Ravi Teja.
In “Naa Autograph”, the hero returns to his lovers and reminisces about the moments. Here the hero meets the people who shaped his success directly or indirectly. While Ravi Teja’s film is about nostalgia, it’s about gratitude.
The basic idea has the material to weave together a fairly engaging movie, but director Vikram Kumar’s script is formulaic and predictable, and downright boring.
If you know director Vikram Kumar’s filmography (like “Ishq”, “Manam”, “Hello”, etc.), you will easily guess how his films are progressing.
Luckily, the movie has a short running time of around 2 hours. The romantic track between Raashi Khanna and Naga Chaitanya takes up space for around 10 minutes. That’s it.
The main focus of the first half is on the hero’s teenage love drama in his village with Parvathi (played by Malvika Nair), who has undertones of “Manam”. This romance episode, while cliché, is okay.
The second half is dedicated to the story of his college life at Vizag and how these two people met in his college life. This flashback isn’t another romantic episode, it’s about college clashes.
The long-running college episode tests patience. Then comes the climax which is not only ineffective but also superficial. The required emotion does not come out.
With the exception of Naga Chaitanya’s transformation and a few moments, the film is a predictable affair. In a nutshell, “Thank you” is wasted effort.
At the end of the line : Thanks but no thanks