When Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol started work on Thank You, they had no clue around what they were getting into. Leave aside the characterization, overall script and dialogues; they didn’t even know what the film’s exact story was other than the basic premise of Thank You being based on infidelity. All of this was courtesy writer-director Anees Bazmee who is known for improvising upon his script while the actual shooting is on.
“Though Akshay has still got used to Bazmee’s style of working after delivering two super-hits in Welcome and Singh Is Kinng, Bobby Deol was taken aback by the entire set up. He was quite worried if he had made the right choice as let alone a bounded script, he hadn’t even been given any narration by Bazmee”, says a senior crew member.
Bobby didn’t want to back out at the last minute though since he had already signed on the dotted line. He did report for the film’s shoot in Canada but he was a bundle of nerves as he didn’t know what he was getting into. “Since the film has other two male leads, like Irrfan Khan as well as Suniel Shetty, he was naturally worried about what was in store for him”, continues the source.
However, he felt much relaxed when Akshay comforted him by saying that even he hadn’t heard the script.
“In fact, when Bobby confided in Akshay and shared his point of worry, Akshay said to him with a straight face that ‘jab tumhe story pata chal jaaye, toh mujhe bhi bata dena’ (when you get to hear the script, let me know as well). They both immediately broke into laughter as Bobby couldn’t believe what he had heard. He realized that he had to get used to such setting”, says Anees Bazmee in a lighter vein when asked if this incident was indeed true.
“It’s understandable if Bobby was worried; those who work with me for the first time take a little time to get used to my style. Akshay has a blind faith in me as he has worked with me before a couple of times. Bobby though, was just starting out and this was the first time when he actually started work on a film without listening to the script”, says Bazmee.
“I did eventually give everyone a narration though I told them that things could change as we progress”, he continues, “Since I am a writer as well, I can’t work in the boundaries of the dictated material. I like to improvise.”
Well Anees bhai, hope the improvisation is worthy enough, so that your actors say ‘thank you’ instead of you saying ‘sorry’.