Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh
Review Rating: 2 /5 two stars on five
Thugs Of Hindostan this year Diwali release one day late on 8 Nov 2018 is a pre-independence film set in 1857 that has all the trappings of a period film with both Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan rolling the battle fireworks against the British in style.
Set in Ranakpur, its ruler Mirzasaab played by Ronit Roy assisted by his trusted general Khudabaksh, Amitabh Bachchan for you is preparing for a battle with the East India Company boss John Clive played by Lloyd Owen.
A twist in the tale sees the complete Royal family annihilated by the British except for Princess Safira, rescued at the last moment by Khudabaksh.
Cut to ‘Bees Saal Baad’ and a grown-up Princess Safira now played by Fatima Sana Shaikh fights the British next to ‘thug’ Khudabaksh. Their prime plan to ambush and loot the British. They are going from strength to strength.
The British believe there is one man who can stop them, a thug who goes by the name Firangi Mallah played by Aamir Khan in Thugs of Hindostan. That’s where the plot gets interesting and the movie rolls out the two prime characters Mallah and KhudaBaksh at their swashbuckling best.
I won’t tell you more of the story but let’s just say that Aamir Khan in his first film with Amitabh Bachchan is something that everyone has been waiting for and you will not leave the movie hall disappointed both are brilliant but Id say that Khudabaksh has stoles a stylish edge over the maverick Mallah. Its steel edge but its there. The two when opposing and then together are cast in style and that is really interesting to watch. There is an electric chemistry that makes the both worth the watch.
So I have told you about the best parts of the film now for the most important question of them all is Thugs of Hindostan modelled on the Johnny Depp film. Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Yes is the answer to that
and when you have a film that this heavily borrowed from a Hollywood blockbuster it just can’t pass the action SFX litmus ser. Copying from a Hollywood blockbuster is a bad idea at best and when you copy from a film that is cult its just doesn’t work.
In reality, the story may hold its own but the sets and SFX and action direction just don’t work to director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s benefit. For a film that relies on the spectacular to make an impression this multi-crore saga just doesn’t rise above being an Aamir Khan Amitabh Bachchan film.
Since the time I watched the trailer of Thugs of Hindostan, I have often wondered why the director decided to go with a Pirates ripoff instead of the solidity of the actual book Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor which was based on the Thuggee cult in British India.
Two reasons why this film will not work is the fact that it is a poor third world cousin of the cult classic Pirates of the Caribbean and British India films really don’t appeal to the Indian psyche unless it involves a son of the soil plot like in Lagaan.
I would give the Thugs of Hindostan movie review a star rating of 2 stars on 5, 2/5 stars for the Amitabh Aamir Khan act.