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Team Thank You For Coming unleash female comedians as they share uncensored thoughts of being a woman and their desires!

Rhea Kapoor and Ektaa R Kapoor are on a mission to discuss all things women in the form of entertainment through their cinema. Their upcoming film Thank You For Coming, promises to tackle the coveted aspects of desire and sensuality of women through the lens of the most relatable girl gang.

Taking from the theme of the film, the makers organised a special stand-up session in Mumbai with some of the most remarkable female stand-up comedians Prashasti Singh, Swati Sachdeva, Sonali Thakkar, Sumaira Shaikh and Sumukhi Suresh, as they unapologetically embraced their inner diva.

The fabulous five – Bhumi Pednekar, Shehnaaz Gill, Dolly Singh, Kusha Kapila and Shebani Bedi, along with producer Rhea Kapoor and the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor Ahuja laughed their way through the session and took the stage giving raw and feisty answers to a few social media opinions about the film.

The stand-up session was just a tease of the madness which will be unveiled on the big screen next week.

_Produced by Balaji Telefilms Limited and Anil Kapoor Film Communication Network Pvt. Ltd, directed by Karan Boolani, and written by Radhika Anand and Prashasti Singh, Thank You For Coming will be released in theaters worldwide on October 6th, 2023_

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