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Thugs of Hindostan Review

U/A Action, Adventure, Drama, Epic, Periodical 2 hrs 44 mins Nov 8, 2018





Thugs of Hindostan Review & Rating


A lot has been talked about the Thugs Of Hindostan before it's release and the expectations have hit the sky because of the terrific star cast and aggressive Bollywood-ish promotions. Now, as we get to see the arguably the most awaited Bollywood film of 2018, let's jump into the story straight away.

Thugs Of Hindostan is set in Raunakpur, in the year 1857 when India started revolted against the British. The King of Raunakpur, Mirzasaab (Ronit Roy), prepares for a battle against the East India Company and their general Khudabaksh (Amitabh Bachchan) has been assigned the responsibility to gather alliances. John Clive (Lloyd Owen), the representative of East India Company, holds the son of Mirzasaab as the hostage and demands him to hand over the control over Raunakpur to the East India Company. Though Mirzasaab agrees to do so, he, along with his wife and son get killed by the ruthless John Clive and team. However, his daughter Princess Sarfira is saved by Khudabaksh.

A decade later, Sarfira becomes the most important warrior in the clan led by Khudabaksh who is still desperate to take over the East India Company. On the other hand, there is Firangi Mallah, an overtalkative, wicked thug, who is greedy. He meets John Clive and agrees to get infiltrate into the army of Khudabaksh and keep the East India Company about the plans. After a small fight sequence, Firangi Mallah meets Khudabaksh and gets infiltrated in their gang. The rest of the story is which side will Firangi take.

The primary character of the film which manages to impress us is Firangi Mallah, effortlessly played by Aamir Khan. He is as witty and graceful as he can with his over the top dialogues and body language. When he gets a decent role, there's nothing to complain, such is his acting prowess. However, he is not so great in poorly composed and executed action sequences. Firangi Mallah though draws huge inspiration from Pirates Of The Carribean and previous films of Aamir Khan manages to impress just because it is Aamir Khan who plays that role.

Amitabh Bachchan is yet another actor who manages to leave an impact. Though he is not at his best, he gives an honest attempt. His character is very well written, though old-fashioned, it reflects the ideologies and the thoughts of that generation. Fatima Sana Sheikh, as Sarfira, excels in action sequences and has nothing much to do with acting. And coming to Katrina Kaif, she does what she is expected to do in a Bollywood movie, DANCE.

Starting with VFX, as it should be the most important thing in a film like this. It is straight away very poor and many scenes in ships and on the sea look very artificial. There's no authenticity and one can easily rectify the mistakes. The production design is superb and the art directors must be appreciated for their work. The sets look huge, the entire setup looks very lavish and grand. The camera work is okayish and the editing should've been better. The production values are superb but the entire budget spent doesn't replicate on the big screen. Music is okay and the background score is loud and heavy.

Coming to the director Vijay Krishna Acharya, he has lost a golden opportunity to make an epic action thriller with two superstars. Instead, he chooses to tell a cliche-filled story which is executed in a poor manner only to test the patience of the audience. Forget the execution, the writing itself is very poor with old-ish kind of dialogues, expected twists and conflict points.

Overall, Thugs Of Hindostan is a chance misused. Watch it if you can a ignore a lot of things and focus on the Bollywood-ish Entertainment.

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Thugs of Hindostan User Reviews

  • A.maneesh

    8 Nov 18 @ 7:07 PM

  • Kunal

    15 Nov 18 @ 4:31 PM

    It was a excellent movie and i can watch it whole day without getting bored for a sec !

  • Atharv

    11 Nov 18 @ 11:23 PM

    Excellent movie support aamir bhai a one time watch kuch to naya hai bhaii

Thugs of Hindostan Live Updates & Public Talk

Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, two of the biggest superstars of Bollywood have teamed up for the first time and that alone is enough to drive people to the theatres. Adding to that we have a top actress like Katrina Kaif and a proven actor Fatima Sana Sheikh as the female leads. All these fantastic performers together created a good buzz for Thugs Of Hindostan which has hit the screens today. Released amidst high expectations, the film has received a poor feedback from the early morning shows, take a look.

Thugs Of Hindostan is said to be yet another lackluster attempt from Vijay Krishna Acharya after Dhoom 3. He seems to have failed in utilising the available actors and budget and delivered a half-baked project. Though the basic plot is said to be interesting and Aamir Khan and Amitabh's performances are good, there seems to be no other highlighting point about the film. Check out the latest Tweets and public talk of Thugs Of Hindostan below.

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What is Thugs of Hindostan About?

A lot was written about Thugs. Some glamorized versions and some realistic. They have been in the news for the last couple of years since the release and re-popularization of the word Thug by the critically acclaimed Tamil movie, Theeran Adhigaram Ondru, and the announcement of Thugs of Hindostan. Thugs are a sort of bandits who operate in organized groups. There are numerous versions in defining them but let's stick to the film version for now.

A band of thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad poses a great threat to the then expanding British East India Company in the then Hindustan or the Indian subcontinent. The British think that the said band are out to oust them from India and a commander John Clive sends a small-time crook  Firangi Mallah to internally disintegrate the thugs and help the Company to counter the threat.

Thugs of Hindostan Promises

An epic entertainer in the form of historical fiction

Despite the comments by some that Thugs is the Indianized version of the Pirates of the Caribbean, the roots of the film are based in the history. The first mention of the Thugs or people like that traces back to more than 600 years, and the first recorded stories of the Thugs were in 1760. Thugs of Hindostan movie narrates the story of these Thugs lead by Azaad around 1795 and how they are countered by the East India Company. A war between the Thugs who fight to free India from the clutches of the British and the Company which further wanted to expand their rule in India.

The basic plot of the film appears to be a classic tale of the fight between two factions and how an infiltrator brings one of them down or turn to their side knowing the evils of the faction that had sent this person and fight against them. We have seen many movies like that right from The Departed to Avatar. But this story happens in a different backdrop, that of Thugs and the British.

Amitabh Bachchan vs Aamir Khan

The living legend of Indian Cinema Amitabh Bachchan still rules the box office after all these years and the rise of all these other stars. That he leads the pack of Thugs itself is a mouthwatering idea. Add to that we have Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, it is a combination set in heaven. The movie starts as Amitabh's Khudabaksh Azaad versus Aamir Khan's Firangi Mallah.

Firangi takes pride in being a Kameeney. Azaad stands for the freedom as his name suggest. There can't be two different personalities as Amitabh and Aamir in Indian Cinema who at different time periods set the box office on fire and ruled Indian Cinema.  It is their personalities that are at war masterminded by the British. Who will win or who will lose never matter.

It is a lot of fun watching two of the biggest stars waging swords at each other. Firangi's basic nature is to deceive while Azaad's is to trust. Quite lucrative. Certainly, just for these two men, Thugs of Hindostan is a must watch film hoping that it's not a replica of The Pirate of the Caribbean and just whitewashing the actual Thugs. But there are more highlights.

Team Assembled by Yashraj Films

Vijay Krishna Acharya, the creator the hugely popular Dhoom series and writer for films like Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Guru (dialogues) has turned director with Tashan and proved himself to be adept at delivering action comedies. With even bigger stakes with Thugs of Hindostan and in the able hands of Aamir Khan's perfectionism, we can expect even better output (entertainment). He is supported by the prestigious Yash Raj Films.

Vishal- Shekhar composed the songs while Ranjit Barot handles the background score. The score is epic as we have seen in the trailer. Ayananka Bose with his varied filmography is certain to do justice for a film of this scale (one of the highest budgeted films of all time with some estimates reaching more than 200 crores). We should have no doubts at the scale of the production what with YRF's track record. Aditya Chopra left no stone unturned in making the movie tick.

Releasing this Diwali, Thugs of Hindostan is a feast for movie lovers of all sorts.

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