Solid: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Lloyd Owen
Directed and Written by: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Length: 2 hours, 43 minutes
Language: Hindi (U/A)
Critic’s Ranking: 2.5/5
Circa 1795. Khudabaksh aka Azaad (Amitabh) leads a band of thugs who aspire to free Hindostan (Indian subcontinent) from Britain’s East India Firm; which got here to commerce however began to rule. Alarmed by this risk, British commander John Clive (Lloyd Owen) will get Firangi Mallah (Aamir), an unscrupulous thug from Awadh, to infiltrate Azaad’s gang and assist the goras neutralise the revolutionaries.
What number of of you may have seen The Pirates Of The Caribbean put your arms up? Those that have not, there’s a attainable probability you’ll get pleasure from TOH. Nonetheless, to credit score Vijay Krishna Acharya with something right here is unfair. His contribution seems zilch. It is extra like Aamir took his six-year-old son Azad’s fairy story e-book alongside to Amitabh’s workplace. The Hindi cinema icon had in flip introduced alongside his six-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya’s bed-time tales. Between them, Aamir and Amitabh shortly weaved a fable of fine v/s evil as is the concluding paragraph in all kiddie books.
Amitabh determined to play Khudabhaksh, a trusted lieutenant of Raunakpur, the one place the evil English military could not seize. Aamir determined he was within the temper to show shades of gray. So, he appointed himself as Firangi; a scheming, low-on-morals wheeler-dealer who would promote the righteous Azaad off to the drunk-on-power, English.
For a little bit glamour, they strung alongside a dancer Suraiyya (Katrina) and Zafira (Fatima), who was the actual inheritor to the Raunakpur throne. Sadly, she needed to flee her kingdom after Clive killed her mother and father and her brother. She has been on the run ever since, protected by Khudabaksh and his eagle, no much less, however she hopes that sometime, she can be free herself, her folks and reclaim her kingdom.
Honeslty, 15 years after Hollywood mounted a spectacular action-adventure like The Pirates Of The Caribbean and made a profitable franchise of it, one is bound Indian studios had been additionally itching to attempt one thing comparable. However since films like these want mammoth budgets (TOH is a big-screen expertise), they needed to wait patiently for a legend and a famous person to chew the bait. Aamir and Amitabh kindly did the honours, so we have now this grand Diwali providing known as Thugs Of Hindustan.
Now that you already know the story is a straightforward one, you’ll be able to think about the opposite pluses and weaknesses of this extravaganza. It’s a deal with to look at Amitabh and Aamir shake a leg to Vashmalle. It’s a super-treat to look at Katrina dance like a dervish to Suraiyya and Manzoor-e-Khuda. It’s a delight to catch a couple of sparks between Hindi cinema’s two brilliant appearing abilities, the Huge B and Aamir.
On the flip facet, it’s a pity nobody considered writing a extra novel story, particularly once they had two superstars on board their ship. It’s a pity that after spending a lot on VFX, gimmickry and virgin locales of Malta, nobody thought it applicable to suit the entire thing in with extra emotion and leisure.
Verdict: If you happen to like movies which can be excessive on model and low on substance watch TOH. In spite of everything, you might not get one other alternative to look at Amitabh and Aamir in an journey of this scale.