Mumbai-based real estate agent Ayaan Kapoor (Malhotra) drives wildly to save a motorcyclist who gets in his way into a car. The screen goes blank. Coming to his senses, Ayaan is standing before a man who introduces himself as CG alias Chitragupt (Devgn) and who seems to rule over an unearthly arena dotted with rows of silent witnesses.
The black-clad CG is judge-jury executioner and chief inquisitor all rolled into one. And Ayaan is in the dock: what kind of human is that? The kind that lies and cheats and deserves to roast in hell for all eternity, or spend the rest of his life with his loving family, wife (Singh) and young daughter?
The official remake of the Norwegian film ‘Black Balls’, ‘Thank God‘ marks Indra Kumar’s return to Bollywood after a long gap. Best known for his musical rom-coms with Bollywood stars acting as overgrown criminals (‘Dil’), and the raunchy ‘Masti’ and ‘Dhamaal’ franchises filled with oversexed men and double-entendre dialogue, his style is still old, and it does nothing for an imagination which should be light on its feet.
The conceit born of a man suspended between life and death, embracing reform and turning over a new leaf, is well known. We have had versions of it both in Hollywood and Bollywood, but I find it hard to remember one that is as boring and pointless. Devgn delivers his trademark grin and waits for the obligatory ‘Singham’ reference, which pops up soon enough because the very slim Singh is a cop by profession. Malhotra leaves little impact. As always, the wonderful Seema Pahwa and Kulbhushan Kharbanda are wasted. As it is our time. Poor Mrs. Fatehi comes to do a shake-and-jive, but sorry, no soap.
This was meant to be a cautionary tale, filled with lessons and laughs. Where’s the fun? Even the Almighty cannot do anything about it.
Thank God movie cast: Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh, Seema Pahwa, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Nora Fatehi
Thank God film director: Indra Kumar
Thank God Movie Rating: A star