Thugs of Hindostan Movie Review: Amitabh, Aamir and Fatima will make you feel ‘thugged’ with this one

No doubt, Thugs of Hindostan, directed by Victor is a visual spectacle, but the screenplay of the movie kills the fun in most parts. However, good performances by Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Fatima Sana Shaikh save the show.
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Thugs of Hindostan

Writer and Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya aka Victor

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif, Lloyd Owen, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

Ratings: 2.5/5

Set in 1795, Thugs of Hindostan, starring Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh Azaad, Aamir Khan as Firangi Mallah, Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira Beg, Katrina Kaif as Suraiyya, wants you to feel the ‘nasha’ of ‘azaadi’ but sadly or not, half of the audience’s time is spent trying to understand and dissect Firangi. He is a highly untrustworthy, selfish and witty person, but there is so much more to him. Firangi’s friend (Zeeshan) tells him in one of the scenes that he is unable to understand if he is “mahaan” or “kamina” and answer comes, “Mahaan Kamina.” I guess that best describes this one of a kind character. 

While Firangi’s unpredictability added thrill to the plot. Amitabh Bachchan’s daredevil stunts stole the show in first half. But, it seems like writer and director Victor spent too much time on shaping the character that he forgot to pay attention to the plot. 

On the outside, it looks like a war between Britishers, who deceived the people of Hindustan invading their land in the name of East India Company, and the rulers of Hindustan and its janta. But, essentially the story revolves around Zafira, the daughter of King Mirza Beg (Ronit Roy), and her revenge against Clive (Lloyd Owen) who killed her parents. Khudabaksh (Big B) is the protector of the realm and her guardian. While the rest of the movie is flat on emotions, the scenes between Big B and Fatima have been shot and executed beautifully. The introduction scene of the duo will leave you feeling exhilarating. 

On the forefront, Thugs tries too hard to make you feel patriotic, but on the background, it is a story of good over evil. In one of the scenes, Azaad tells Firangi that there is one moment in everyone’s life where they can choose the right over wrong and guess that is what keeps the storyline moving. The climax scene ends on a grand note with the ‘ravana’ (no prize for guessing who) being burned to ashes signifying the triumph of good over evil. But sadly, the predictability of it leaves you underwhelmed. 

Khudabaksh is an impulsive warrior at heart, who is strong and high headed; Firangi is smart and all about survival. If this movie will ever be remembered, it has to be for the sheer magnanimity of watching the two stalwarts of Hindi Cinema sharing screen space for the first time in decades. The scenes between Big B and Aamir were choreographed well, but they tend to leave you underwhelmed. The face off between the two was poorly crafted and could have been so much better. Big B and Aamir deserved a better face off than that, surely! 

If you are wondering why there is no mention of Katrina Kaif as Suraiyya, well, because she only makes a hit and miss appearance in two songs apart from two more scenes which are forgettable. No, don’t get me wrong, she looks splendid in each frame but only if good looks guaranteed decent acting. 

Fatima as Zafira was feisty and convincing but that’s about it. The layers to her characters were left unexplored much to our dismay. She could have been a revelation but alas! Special mention to Zeeshan for nailing it as the sidekick. His amazing comic timing left us crackling. 

No doubt the movie is a visual spectacle, but the screenplay of the movie kills the fun in most parts. The dialogues are too modern for a movie set in 1795. Very little attention was paid to the dialect and the whole feeling of the period film. The cinematographer, though, needs to be applauded for capturing the moments so beautifully in his lenses. The ship scenes were directed magnificently. 

Coming to songs, while the background score does add drama to the screenplay, I could hardly understand the relevance of the songs in it, except for Manzoor-E-Khuda. Forget that, the choreography was shoddy to the T, now remind me again, was locking and popping even a thing in 1800s?

Nonetheless, the movie does leave you with a few good moments but that's about it. Don’t go expecting magic, for you will feel ‘thugged’ yourself! 

Credits :Pinkvilla

Comments

Amitabh Bachchan’s entry is just terrific! Aamir knows his place well and underplays the character very well. So proud of him to do that.

A must watch for all. It is one of the most entertaining films in the last few years.

Enjoy The Angry Khudabaksh!

Bollywood is going down the drains. South film industry is going to take over.

Ha ha ha!!!! Regional cinema runs on solid stories and trained actors. Trying to compete with Bahubali, my foot. Look what happened to Dhadak. Elite Bollywood copies style, stories from regional cinema and from all over the world. No originality. But parallel Bollywood continues to entertain us with giid films like badhaai ho, patakha, andha dhund, stree and fryday

Bahubali ka record tuta samjho 500 cr paar

Well, Indians deserve being thugged. They go for big names and big banners. They cannot appreciate cinema which is right under their noses. Patakha, fryday, badhaai ho, stree, andha dhund to name a few, were really good films this year.

Audience is going for trained actors and real stories. Not stars and copied stories

I think we've learned the importance of titles this year. JHMS was a simple movie with good actors, a good director, and great songs. They could have named it straight after one of those songs "Beech Beech Mein" or "Raula" like so many movies do, to have a title song. Instead, some idiot (Ranbir) heard the name Harry and said "Ha ha, like Harry met Sally, do Harry met Sejal" and another idiot (SRK) said "What a great idea!" Then everyone thought it was remake of one of the most popular rom-coms in history, and were like "PASS".

Then, Race is probably one of the most popular franchises in Bollywood, behind only Dhoom, Krrish, and Don. By using the Race 3 name for a totally unrelated bakwaas movie, Salman looks like he's trying to ride Saif's coattails of all people. If they had named it just flat like idk Sikku, yeah the movie would still be terrible, but it wouldn't have angered Race fans so much and made Salman look so pathetic.

Finally, Thugs OF Hindostan. Yeah. Are you really gonna convince anyone it's not Pirates OF the Caribbean when you even structurally make the titles the same? More like you wanted to copy, and were upset when you realized everyone has seen Pirates because this isn't the 70's anymore YRF, and we have access to Hollywood movies.

Kat looks like a man with bad plastic surgery attempting to dance but looking like a drunkard

Missed a golden opportunity. Great seldom-told history, Amitabh & Aamir - all wasted. The trailer was the first let-down. The music, sub-par. And Kat's items numbers dashed any hopes of quality. Still, I saw it. So I've only myself to blame.

oh...who cares about kat and her career?!and Joe Perry giving her advices...really?!GUYS CALM DOWN...KAT IS DONE ...OVER(thoug I feel its one person who post all this comments)...

The question here how yrf,aamir and amitabh didnt feel it was terrible from the beginning?!...

indian actors and media are soooo immature...they are carxy about lame titles like "The Most Beautiful Woman In The World","GreekGod","The King","Mr.Perfectionist"... and then the audience put them in thier place...I love it...

Wow katrina repeated the same role what she did in dhoom3. She was there for 2 songs and 2-3 short scenes in dhoom.

FLOP!!!!

Kat has 1 and half song not 2.

Kat dance was worst . What the fuck was she doing? Strange moves which are not going with the lyrics (seems like she is doing gymnastic )no grace and expressions. She got some really good moves and a hook step in her earlier item songs.

well reading the tweets under #thugsofhindostan tags gave me some legit laughs today. some good came out of this movie!!

btw, it's on it's way to making almost 50 cr on day 1. so yashraj will make their $$$ and come back with more garbage next year.

But if rumours are to be believed yrf have restricted distributors not to give real nos and inflating the figures.

yeah i heard that. apparently it's in the mid 30 crores, and they've inflated it to 50+. didn't expect dishonesty from Aamir.

The Mohenjodaro of this year! As for Katrina , please do not accept these song n dance guest appearances just because it has a superstar .

You are asking her to give up on her bread n butter. She's relevant only because of such roles and not her acting chops.

Surprised why Aamir did this film

He shares profits and ghost directs the films he hand picks. he is the so called perfectionist. thats why.

Horrible flop of movie. People on Twitter are saying it makes Race 3 look like a masterpiece, in every field, writing, cinematography, directing, probably only the acting is a little better here. MAYBE, Aamir's character seems so annoying.

Why don't people ever admit Katrina is in a guest appearance? Look, all SRK or Salman have to do is a tiny guest appearance and their fans will go, they do it all the time, guest appearance don't lessen your value as actors, why pretend she is a star character and put her in trailers and posters when she has three scenes and 2 songs?

Poor Katrina. She is not even worth mentioning in big movies she is doing. I bet in zero and Bharat too she has a small part that is not worth mentioning.

Katrina is miss and blink appearance as usual. She can't act and for how long will survive on her item songs, skin show and Salman? She might claim to have more no of hits but fact remains she has nothing to do with the success of the film. It's all bcoz of khans ,akshay and hrithik. I feel bad for her and her fans who think she is a hit machine and were suoer excited about her doing khans films .

The blind about kattu having 2 songs and 2 scenes were true. Though her PR denied it. Never ever say or think that media news is fake or by others pr.

Katrina did a cameo do why project her as lead actress?

It's Kat pr who projected her as the lead like always.

Hahaha Kat has no role in film expect item songs that too fall flat. Poor Kat fans

Does KK have fans ? I did'nt know this .

bakwas. feel thugged? Please not even a word!!

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