Thugs of Hindostan Review: A Half Baked Tale That Went For Too Long


Thugs of Hindostan starring two of the most prominent names from the Bollywood Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan has finally hit the cinemas today. The movie is said to be India’s answer to the Hollywood releases like Pirates of The Caribbean. The makers didn’t miss a chance to celebrate the grandeur of the movie with the budget around 3 billion Indian rupees. Thugs of Hindostan has to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year 2018.

Nobody could deny this fact that the grandeur of epic movie is phenomenal but the movie didn’t really fulfil the expectations.  The film has the look and feel of a top grade adventure film but the lacklustre writing and the tedious narrative spoils the adventure. Set in the 1700’s when the dictating British company officer  Clive (Lloyd Owen)  takes away the kingdom of Mirza (Ronit Roy) following the take over the princess Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Khudabaksh aka Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan) form a band of rebel pirates who swear to defeat the English officer and win their freedom back. And replying to revolt, the British hires the wily thug Firangi (Aamir Khan) to track Azaad’s gang and foil his plans.

The sole purpose of rebellion pirates is to fight for their freedom.  Thugs Of Hindostan is set in  the British ruled India, when the English used their trading position to dominate India’s princely states. But the fact that the heroes of this tale are pirates, doesn’t quite fit into the Indian context, given that Indians never gained notoriety as pirates. As per the history is concerned the Maratha navy under leaders like Kanhoji Angre did gain bandit status during the 1700s, but Thugs Of Hindostan doesn’t quite look like it’s a story emerging from the coastal regions of the country. Historical inaccuracy aside, Thugs of Hindostan is an adventure movie and you need cinematic liberty to setup a swashbuckling story.

They makers are keen to make you believe in too many stories but the story line fails to commit to even any one of those stories. Brains behind Thugs of Hindostan have spent so much time and money on the costumes and the lavishness but the job with the pen has been given much less importance that leads to the fact that Thugs of Hindostan, despite of being larger than life fails to impress the audience and the critics as well. Details like production design and cinematography are amazing but even then nobody likes a cake which decorated perfectly but tastes bad. The cracker is the fact that even the British men were forced to speak Hindi while speaking to each other.

Individual performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are notable but rest of it looks like a half baked caked that got rotten. Fatima Sana Sheikh, previously in Dangal was impressive but she didn’t get much to do as her story and background ain’t really the thing that the makers wanted us to know. Katrina Kaif was spotted in two of the songs but she didn’t get much to do either amid of her adult jokes and seductive personality.

The 2 hour 45 minutes is in fact a little bit longer but the burden of that lies on the editing department. Based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug, Thugs of Hindostan is directed by Vijay Krishna Achariya and produced by Aditya Chopra.

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