Sidharth Malhotra and Ajay Devan starring in a fantasy-social-comedy flick, Thank God, is done with its Day 1 collection. The response is positive with a decent worldwide collection of over Rs. 9 crores.
Directed by Indra Kumar, who is known for making comedies like Dhamaal and Ishq, Thank God features Sidharth Malhotra as a self-centered real estate agent and Ajay Devan as Chitragupta.
The film’s supporting cast includes Kiara Khanna, Kuku Sharda, Seema Pahwa, and Kanwaljeet Singh. Thank God is the official remake of the 2009 Danish Film, Sorte Kugler or the English title, What Goes Around directed by Anders Matthesen.
Ayaan Kapoor, a self-centered real estate agent, unexpectedly meets with a car accident. After gaining consciousness, he finds himself in a not-so-familiar place, surrounded by people. Where is he?
He is in Yamloka. And his karma is being evaluated by Chitragupta. Is he dead? Not yet.
Whether he will die or not depends upon him. If he manages to play and win “the game of life”¸ then he will be given another chance to live and will be sent back to earth otherwise, hell is waiting for him.
The plot revolves around a self-centered and egoistic real estate broker who is deeply in debt and is involved in an accident. He realizes he is in heaven as he regains consciousness. Chitragupta appears in front of him and tells him he must play a “Game Of Life.” If he wins, he will be returned to Earth; if he loses, he will be sent to hell.
The question, “what happens after one dies?” is immensely interesting, and fantasy flicks with this theme of the afterlife are always interesting.
Karma never dies after the death of the mortal body. Instead, the soul is sent to yampuri. There, the deeds or karma of the soul are assessed. Revising this Vedic philosophy, Thank God, an official remake of the popular What Goes Around gives an Indian flavor to the story.
The CGI used for the creation of hell and heaven is impressive. The colosseum, where the trial was set to begin was massive but felt too Greek structural-wise and ambiance-wise and felt like a sci-fi movie. Even though the visual effects were quite sound, it did feel bland at some points, and the scenes felt like being a part of a reality show.
The known gods in a not-so-known space did manage to be amusing. The modernization and westernization of ancient Indian Gods added to the comical theme of the film though it does arises the question, of what impact would these godly characters have if they were draped in folkloric apparel.
Ajay Devan with his impressive voice did a great job as Chandragupta. Last seen in Marjaavaan(2019), actor Sidharth Malhotra is back on the big screen with Thank God with a surprise. Sidharth, who has so far acted in the role of an intense, serious guy, now has hopped into the comedy.
In Thank God, Sidharth did fulfill his part. Although the concept of life and death is very complex, Indra Kumar has made the narrative of Thank God very simple. This simplistic take on the comedy in a fictional movie made it an easily digestible movie.
The film is family-friendly and is a good choice if you are up for a light-hearted movie for Sunday afternoon. The light comedy film does have a social message “you believe in Gods, but do not listen to Gods.”