Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Production: Yash Raj Films
Cast: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh
Music: Ajay-Atul and John Stewart Eduri
Cinematography: Manush Nandan
Editor: Ritesh Soni
From the grandeur look with the trailer and character introducing teasers, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ with a huge and brilliant cast is expected much on screens since we knew that this epic movie is made with a whopping budget. Let us further see if ‘Thugs’ create goose bumps by giving a huge tight to Hollywood movies.
The story starts with the British Commander In Chief John Clive (Lloyd Owen) conquers the kingdom of Mirza (Ronit Roy) whereas East India Company sets right phase to rule Hindostan in which princess Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh) remains alive under the shelter of Khudabaksh aka Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan). Azaad as a Thug from Hinduston who was also a trustworthy guard and soldier of late King Mirza fights for Zafira’s dream of destroying Clive’s power and hoist their country’s flag replacing British flag in her father’s empire. Azaad giving a great torture in the ruling period while the British manages to do trade in the princely states of India, Clive sends the small time thug, Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) from Awadh to bring out Azaad from his province. What happens then? Will Firangi bring Azaad outside? Will Zafira fulfill her long time revenge? 2 hours and 45 minutes of the story in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ explains the latter.
Overall, if we compare to the Hollywood movies like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, we slightly look upon them as a reference for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ whereas the production design of Sumit Basu revealing the epic set designs depicting the happenings of 1700 AD is the main positive attempt in the movie. The cinematography of Manush Nandan and costumes with apt styling can also be mentioned to be the plus of this movie. However the story remains us of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, on point to tell the writing of Vijay Krishna Acharya hasn’t helped much in the screenplay. Having 164 minutes of lengthy run time, the movie has been with a usual plot carrying the introduction of characters in the first half with the massive entry of ‘Big B’ whereas with good casting and highly sophisticated individual performances of the cast, the movie seems to escape from a thin line of disappointing audience. As usual Aamir as Firangi playing a subtle thug with wits and comics here and there whereas the performance of Amitabh Bachchan as Azaad will never make us remind about ‘Baahubali’ Sathyaraj’s ‘Kattappa’ character with highly emotional and action thrilled character. Fatima Sana Shaikh (Zafira) has raised her hands for firing arrows and bows such that the spills and twists in the action stunts might turn our faces back due to her rare smile till the climax. Except dancing with twirling moves and with a minimum of 3 lines of dialogues, Katrina Kaif has been wasted in the performance part. The audio songs and the background score (like ‘Game of thrones’) has been moved over in the screenplay with less importance.
On the whole, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has been an attempt to try out ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ with a package of wits, fights and emotions.
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