Feature Name: Thugs Of Hindostan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
In one of the scenes of Thugs of Hindostan, Aamir Khan says that dhoka (betrayal) is his svabaav (nature). Well, that’s hold true for most of the film as well.
Set in a time when the East India Copmpany was trying to conquer India, Thugs of Hindostan is set in Raunakpur which is still not under the British rule. English Captain Clive (Lloyd Owen) kills Raunakpur’s king Mirza (Ronit Roy) and his wife. Clive is also about to kill Mirza’s daughter Zafira (her elder version played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) but she’s rescued at the eleventh hour by Khudabaksh aka Azaad’s (Amitabh Bachchan), a rebel from Raunakpur. Eleven years later, the East India Company seeks the help of thug Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) to capture Azaad and his followers.
Not that it’s completely unwatchable but Thugs of Hindostan never really manages to raise the bar. There are quite a few good twists in the film but they are simply not enough to elevate the weak script. You also want to know how Azaad hasn’t heard of Firangi’s infamous deeds before trusting him. We won’t tell you how but the film also reminds you of Mihir Virani from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The film is also disappointing because Firangi’s character isn’t really engaging. It somehow feels half-baked. Most of the songs are unnecessary and make the film seem lengthy.
Amitabh Bachchan acts wonderfully. Aamir Khan tries his best but like we said earlier, his character doesn’t manage to create the desired impact. Fatima Sana Shaikh is wasted. Katrina Kaif is there mostly for the songs only.
Poorly written and executed, Thugs of Hindostan is mediocre at best. We give it 2.5 stars with a small kink.
Feature Name: Thugs Of Hindostan Cast: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya In one ...2.5