Cast: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh
Director: Vijay Krishnan Acharya
The story of Thugs of Hindostan starts many years after freedom when the Britishers are still our enemy, murdering the Hindi language and playing wicked strategies to disenfranchise Indians. The British officer Clive (Lloyd Owen) succeeds in taking over the kingdom of Raunakpur by force, heiress Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh) survives. Zafira becomes the main archer in Khudabaksh’s (Amitabh Bachchan) rebel force. The movie is basically set up during the East India Company’s rule in India, but the fact that the heroes of this tale are pirates, doesn’t quite fit into the Indian context. Which weighs on the fact of being totally fictional. Firangi Mallah’s(Aamir Khan) character is a synonym of his name, never stable on one side. Opts for the one where his interests are satisfied. Although the story is quite estimated, the audiences have to wait for 2 hours 50 minutes to figure out which side does Firangi falls on. The movie was being compared to Pirates of the Caribbean when the trailer released but after witnessing the whole movie and its story, it doesn’t even stand a chance to being compared with the riveting and intriguing movie, Pirates; let alone being better than it. Thugs cannot match the level of stunts and visual effects of the Pirates films. However, the production design and costumes are impressive enough, but the action scenes are as flat.
When its comes to the character playing, no doubt on Aamir Khan’s and Amitabh Bachchan’s acting skills. Both of them have brought a soul of the film. Firangi Mallah’s is a confidence trickster who double-deals his way through life with deceitful charm and sweet talk. His costume is a collection of trinkets and accessories borrowed from his victims, reminds one of how the whole character has been borrowed from Jack Sparrow. Katrina Kaif, playing the dancer Suraiya, has exactly three short scenes and two songs here surprisingly, Fatima gets the meatier role. But that doesn’t give Fatima a benefit of doubt; her absence would have not been felt as the whole movie worked on the shoulders of Aamir and Amitabh. Katrina’s songs are like decorations on a tree. The individual performances by Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are notable. Aamir excels in the physical comedy and repartee and Mr Bachchan pulls-off the heroics and the intense dialogues well, but the rest of the cast isn’t able to rally up any serious effort. However, Big B’s acting skills were on point and this superstar fell a bit heavy on Aamir. His performance and efforts shined bright in the movie. The make-up also helped the 76 year old star, a grace and upliftment for his character.
The cinematography by Manush Nandan is commendable however the predictable nature of the writing by director Vijay Krishna Acharya doesn’t help the movie at all. A disappointing aspect of the movie is the music by Ajay-Atul, that doesn’t add to the narrative. YRF movies always have a strong music supporting the movie but this wasn’t the case here.
Cinespeaks verdict: While ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ has the aspirations to be a big-budget entertainer, it didn’t quite surpass the expectations. However, its very divergent than the other regular Bollywood drama and the film does manage to look and feel like a top-grade adventure film. Worth a watch but not worth 3 hours of your day!
Cinespeaks gives 3 stars.
Written by: RUJUTA THETE