GD Star Rating
Nov 08, 2018 Release Date:
164 min Runtime:
Thugs of Hindostan Synopsis:
Thugs of Hindostan is an Indian action-adventure film in Hindi language, based on a historical fiction dated back to the year 1795 when the Indian subcontinent was known by the name Hidostan. While British East India Company was expanding its hold across the nation, a band of thugs (Indian bandits), named Thugs of Hindostan & led by Khudabaksh Azaad, started posing a threat to the British company with an aspiration to free the country from being ruled by the Englishmen. In order to suppress their activities, the British Commander John Clive summoned a small-time thug named Firangi Mallah from Awadh to infiltrate and counter the threat.
Thugs of Hindostan,
Thugs of Hindostan, a movie of action, adventure, and fantasy genre, was expected to result in something like the big-ticket movies of Hollywood such as the Pirates of the Caribbean. However, the aspirations of this movie turning out into a big-budget entertainer weren’t fulfilled despite the inclusion of the Pied Piper of Bollywood, Aamir Khan and the Big B, Amitabh Bachan. Keeping the lacklustre writing aside, the film did manage to deliver the look & feel of a top-grade adventure but failed at delivering the feel & thrill of something like the Pirates of the Caribbean.
In a near 3-hour runtime, the movie did everything despite properly explaining who these ‘Thugs’ are. The movie starts in the late 1700s with Clive, the devious British officer, deceiving the honest king Mirza. Khudabaksh (played by Amitabh Bachan), the fierce commander of the kingdom, appears in a fantastic scene and takes off the young princess Zafira (the only member of king Mirza’s family who escapes) into the sunset. They return after many years with a gang of pirates, only aimed to pose a threat to the British and free-up their kingdom from Clive and his company’s rule. But, given that Indians never gained a repute as pirates, stating the heroes of this tale as pirates do creates some historical inaccuracy.
Though Manush Nandan’s cinematography and Sumit Basu’s production design were excellent, writer/director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s predictable writing nature failed to add any surprising twist to the story. While the plot development can be guessed easily, the tedious screenplay makes the movie appear overdramatic and too prolonged at various scenes. Even the music by Ajay-Atul didn’t add to the narrative. Despite noteworthy performances by the star actors, rest of the cast fails to rally up any serious efforts. From the heroines, Katrina Kaif got a quite short role and badly choreographed action sequences put Fatima Sana Shaikh’s performance down.
On a short note, for Aamir Khan’s fans waiting for his big release, the 2-year wait isn’t justified well.
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