To sum up the review – It was a sasti copy of Pirates Of The Caribbean (without the Caribbean or hot pirates). When you think of an Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan starrer, it is supposed to be the BOMB! Thugs of Hindostan was an unforgettable movie because it was so unoriginal, dull and oh-so-very-bad.
Vijay Krishna Acharya who has previously headed the third Dhoom movie of the Dhoom franchise used slow motion sequences but amplifies the frames per second to cover up the lack of story, storytelling and strong characters. Amitabh Bachchan’s movies have such strong dialogues, that they stay with you forever…
“Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah” – from Shahenshah
How can we forget this amazing dialogue of Amitabh Bachchan that charmed the audience and left them mesmerized.
“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai” – from Don
You can still hear it in your head!
“Aj mere paas bangla hai, gaari hai, bank balance hai, kya hai tumhare paas?” – from Deewar
Coming back to the topic at hand, this was a huge Diwali disappointment. Although the theatrical collections were good, the awaam looking forward to it was disappointed. YRF (Yash Raj Films) made approximately Rs 140 crores from the sale of satellite and digital rights of The Thugs of Hindostan.
As the movie begins, expectations are high because of the great cast. You expect a nail-biting experience as the movie is supposed to revolve around ‘Thugs’ and patriotism, as the name clearly suggests. Since the film is Yash Raj Film, you expect everything about the movie to be paisa wasool since YRF rarely disappoints. Alas, according to the reviews, the movie was full of disappointment.
The story is based on a novel published in 1839, called the Confessions of a Thug, written by Philip Meadows Taylor. Set in India when the British ruled, between 1790 and 1805, the movie follows a thug and his nefarious gang who are a serious threat to the Britishers.
King Mira Sikandar was killed by John Clive, the people in the kingdom are brutally murdered and the Britishers capture the land. Zafira Baig (daughter of the King), and a general, Khudabaksh survived. Khudabuksh raises the princess as his own, all the while training her to be a warrior. Skip too many years forward, Khudabaksh is now called Jahaazi as he is the leader of bandits aka Thugs who specialize in sea-based warfare.
Enter Firangi Mallah, a lowlife miscreant who join the Thugs only to deceive them, and reports their plans and actions to the Britishers, who are threatened by the actions of the Thugs. Firangi, a wannabe gora (Englishman), is caught by Jahazi, they fight it out and Firangi wins leading to the final confrontation, at an abandoned fort where Jahazi and Zafira are fighting the British. The movies end was predictable like everything else in the movie. Firangi comes to the rescue, and they defeat the Britishers.
A predictable, boring story sums up the Thugs of Hindostan review. Below average dialogues, and a depressing screenplay. Even Katrina’s beauty couldn’t be the saving grace of this abomination. The movie’s estimated budget was over 42 million US Dollars, nearly 300 crores, making it one of the most expensive Bollywood movies to be made to date, and it still failed to impress. The Thugs of Hindostan only resulted in the shrugs of Hindustan.