In Thank You for Coming, director Karan Boolani dares to walk on the wild side of Bollywood, addressing a topic not commonly seen in mainstream cinema. Bhumi Pednekar stars as Kanika, a 32-year-old woman from Delhi, whose journey in the movie revolves around the pursuit of her first orgasm.
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Growing up in a household where her mother Bina, a gynecologist, openly discussed sex, Kanika has been chasing pleasure for years. Amidst the backdrop of liberal discussions at home, there’s also her traditionalist grandmother, played by Dolly Ahluwalia, who wishes Kanika would just settle down. This multi-generational perspective on love and intimacy adds a dash of flavor to the film.
But as fate would have it, after a string of unsuccessful relationships and an engagement to the charming Jeevan Anand (played by Pradhuman Singh), Kanika experiences the much-desired pleasure, though with no memory of the man who brought her that joy. Thus unfolds a hilarious journey as she revisits her past relationships, trying to uncover the mystery man.
While the plot seems promising, the narrative sometimes loses its way. Some characters, like the rival from school (Kusha Kapila) and the bold Rushi (Shehnaaz Gill), appear out of place and contribute little to the main story. Moreover, a deeper exploration of Kanika’s personal journey outside of her love escapades is missing.
However, on the brighter side, Bhumi Pednekar shines throughout, bringing depth to her character and elevating the movie’s overall experience. Saloni Daini, playing Tina’s daughter Rabya, offers a refreshing take on the challenges faced by the younger generation, adding a layer of depth to the narrative.
In all, Thank You for Coming tries to balance comedy with a fresh perspective on modern relationships, and while it has its moments, it could have delved deeper into its characters and their emotional journeys.
Climaxahh’s Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ | 3/5