Thugs of Hindostan has hit the cinemas on 8th Nov 2018 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles.
Amitabh Bachchan plays role of Khudabaksh. His character as Khudabaksh is a sight to behold and you can’t miss out the “contrasting personalities” of the megastar’s character, which reflects in his costume.
Aamir Khan plays role of Firangi. Firangi is treacherous but still likeable and relatable and his redemption makes for an appealing narrative in Thugs of Hindostan.
Fatima Sana Shaikh plays the role of Zafira in Thugs of Hindostan and she aces the look of a warrior thug. Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira brings vigour and freshness to Thugs of Hindostan.
Movie begins with a throwback to the 17th century sea-locked land belonging to a King (Ronit Roy) who fights British oppression. His family’s murder at the hands of a British General and sets the tone for the rest of the film. Young Zafira (Fatima Sana Sheikh) daughter of the king, under the protection of kingdom protector and loyalist Khuda Baksh (Amitabh Bachchan), grows up dreaming of exacting revenge for her father and brother’s murder. Despite all those battle heavy ships, the plot of Thugs is so linear and one dimensional that you might wonder if it deserved this treatment and execution.
Aamir khan jobs is to thug and con people into believing his stories. Firangi and Khuda Baksh, during a chance encounter, engage and duel right before the intermission to let us know that the protagonist of the film is not the girl who wants to seek revenge but the buffoon on the donkey who actually has nothing to do with the vengeance track. Thus, Aamir Khan becomes the main lead of the film, with Amitabh Bachchan looking weary and haggard in those heavy costumes yet giving his younger co-star a run for his money in the most difficult scenes.
The issue with Thugs of Hindostan is that it too long and at times even annoying. Aamir’s Jack Sparrow act loses steam and novelty early on. Bachchan, roles is reduced to a supporting act that is crumbling under the weight of those costumes and bad make up. Fatima’s expressions are as one dimensional as the plot line. Where it does work is in the technical department.
Thugs of Hindostan will thug you of your peace of mind and sanity. Avoidable.
Rating:2 out of 5