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Thank God (2022): Attractive Yet Pointless Afterlife Movie

The idea of an afterlife like Thank God is fascinating in certain ways. After crossing over to the other side, where does one land? Are there any gateways to heaven or hell open for them to enter? Does the devil laugh his evil laugh or do angels sing lovely nothings in their ears? Thank God by Indra Kumar has the best society’s needs at heart. The film tells the simple story of a guy who, following a freak accident, must face judgement. A committee reviews his time on Earth and determines whether his record of good actions exceeds any situations in which he mistreated someone.

THE PLOT

The story of a man who gets a pivotal experience. Ayaan Kapoor found greatness in the real estate industry. He faced a significant loss following the 2016 wave of demonetization. He’s about to put his bungalow up for sale right now. He lives with his wife, inspector Ruhi Kapoor, and daughter, Pihu. Ayaan has a temper and often snaps at people for the most trivial of reasons. He is also under stress because he can’t sell his house. One day, while he is moving quickly down the road, a biker suddenly stops in front of him. Ayaan turns around to slander him. At this point, he collides with another vehicle and suffers a terrible accident.

Ayan getting confused
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Ayaan finds himself with Yamdoot and CG when he returns to while he is awake. He is currently physically in the hospital, as per CG. Also, he assures him that as long as he plays the “Game of Life” well, he can survive. Simple rules apply to the game: Two thin cylinders on either side encircle Ayaan. He’ll have a precise set of responsibilities. The spectators will fill one cylinder with black balls if he fails to complete the task, and the other cylinder with white balls if he succeeds. He will be sent to hell if the cylinder filled with black balls overflows. He will live even if the second white ball cylinder spills over. The rest of the movie is based on what occurs next.

THE GOOD/ THE BAD

The comedic world in which Thank God is set requires loud background music and squeaky sound effects to carry out the majority of the dramatic and humorous heavy lifting, respectively. Even though some of the jokes were obvious, I did like several of them. Like the time Ayan unintentionally reveals to a young child that he is adopted, or later, when he is caught in an elevator with an unpleasant man who is shouting into his wife’s phone. However, I think that the sweet little satirical scene where CG starts hurling oil and flowers at Ayan and stuffing ladoos down his throat is my favourite humorous moment.

CG ANNOUNCES START
Pic By: The Lallantop

It’s to teach him a lesson about travelling to a temple every week and spending thousands of rupees on meaningless, transactional sacrifices to God instead of using that money to aid the underprivileged or carry out some genuine good. But the humour in the movie is weak, with the exception of a few stray jokes that hit the mark. The rules and world-building of the hereafter are complex, and CG’s entire system of judging doesn’t appear to make sense. CG comes up with a fictitious situation for Ayan to demonstrate how he may be better for each flaw. But while some of these seem hypothetical, others, like the one involving his sister, appear to be actual events.

CG CLEARS DOUBTS OF AYAN
Pic By: FilmiBeat

My favourite part was when Ayan met and was seduced by Nora Fatehi, which tested his lust. Ayan avoids cheating despite numerous opportunities to do so, and as a result, he eventually receives recognition for being a hero. The standard for men is so low. So low. The movie also gives the impression that Ayan has only recently developed all of his problems.

Are you telling me his anger management problems haven’t affected his marriage? While we’re about it, could someone kindly explain to me what in the world Ruhi, played by Rakul Preet Singh, sees in a whiny, annoying man-child like Ayan? Ruhi is the picture-perfect, selfless wife. After a while, I began to see Ayan’s character as a rip-off of every Hindi film hero to make things easier to take in. It was quite gratifying to see the stereotypical romantic hero exposed for how entitled, annoying, and self-centered they usually are.

MY THOUGHTS

AYAN AND RUHI TALKING
Pic By: Bollywood Hungama

Many of the key concepts of Thank God attracted to me, including the need for self-reflection, the need for transformation, and the idea that life is cyclical and both our good and terrible deeds would eventually come back to punish us. However, these ideas are included in a transformational journey that is performed by an actor who doesn’t seem to feel much, let alone make us feel much at all.

I couldn’t help but add to the list in my brain as CG continued to list new weaknesses as the game progressed toward the finish of the movie. Performances are the sixth flaw, writing is the seventh, and hit-or-miss humour is the eighth drawback. At a time when Hindi cinema is under greater pressure than ever to provide audiences with a rich theatrical experience, Thank God is forgettable storytelling of the first order, even though it is entertaining enough as uncomplicated mainstream comedies go. TO BE HONEST, the whole movie gave a mixed vibe of Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi and God Tussi Great Ho.

MY RATINGS

2.5/5

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