Thugs of Hindostan, starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Lloyd Owen as main players, hit 7000 screens worldwide. Character focused, Amir Khan shared the screen with the epic Amitabh Bachan for the first time in a movie of over 200 crores.
This Diwali, the film proved to be a ‘firecracker’ – started with all its spark and sparkle yet sank down in an hour. Yashraj’s iconic production, Khan’s strong character, Bachan’s epic fan following, Katrina’s sexy looks and Fatima’s strong presence – nothing could save this horrendously produced film from going down the drain.
We’ve heard, seen and felt a mix of reviews but the weight on the rejection side is a little higher.
Even if the storyline on paper had been great, it didn’t reflect well on the screens. With a number of slow and dull stretches, viewers seemed to lose interest in the middle of the show. Thugs of Hindostan fails to deliver the true aesthetics of the costumes, intensity, dynamics and pageantry of the real ‘thugs’.
Fatima, who plays as a Princess named ‘Zafira’ had no line to perform in the first hour of the movie. Portraying as an excellent combatant had to be rescued all the time in the film – makes sense? No, shove it down!
Mr Bachchan plays a rebel, a freedom fighter rallying troops against the colonisers, while Khan is a double-faced rogue, hired on the East India Company’s payroll sent to infiltrate Bachchan’s squad and bring him down. He is on a mission got hooked up with the warrior lady – Zafira! Means, if there’s no love, there’s no way!
Here is a question lingering over people’s minds; why did Yashraj dip its toes into VFX when knew nothing about it. The film clearly shows that VFX is not game and the experiment doesn’t seem to do too good in the movie. The set clearly looks flat and stagnant while the crew moved and fought. There are scenes with heavy rain, while Fatima’s face doesn’t seem to receive it – no eye blinks, no shower over eyes, nothing!
Raindrops were just an inch lesser than hailstones but fortunately, everyone remained safe! The crisscrossing ropes and the sails on the ship were poorly animated, blurred at times completely failed to idealise the real look.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say, the entire team of the movie had their own assumptions around the original ‘Thugs of Hindustan’ and the costume person had his individual deception. Bachan’s costume was neither like pirates nor like the original thugs. Costumes used for the item songs left people in awe if women of those days were as sexist and vulnerable as Kat presented, revealing full legs and almost backless tops. Where is the drive coming from?
On the other hand, Khan was fantastically done throughout his character and the roots associated with it. Thus, the film evidently displays that Historical depiction was a far cry from the original conditions. The conception of the true scale and grandeur of the historical subcontinent and India looks compromised.
Viewers found that the item songs were lustrously arranged to hook on the attention, otherwise made no sense in continuation. The movie could have worked well without the songs as well. The most unfavourable part is that none of the songs matured to be blockbusters.
Without a doubt, actors like Amitabh Bachan, Amir Khan and Katrina Kaif can easily pull a movie out of any danger. Amir Khan as ‘Firangi Mallah’ meets the mark and proved to be his character in its truest forms. Mr Bachan was given a very intense character, but the director failed to cash Bachan’s finest potential.
Katrina underplayed her role; that’s major because she is kept as an eye candy for the viewers; once again director would have made ways for some substance for Katrina and her acting skills.
Last but not least, this big budget multi-starrer ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has successfully met the count around Rs 50 crore on the day of its release. The Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan film is said to have recorded the highest opening in history.
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