What do you do when the most talked out about Bollywood movie with the biggest stars releases? You go and watch the first damn show! Well, that's what I did and I apologise for the delay on this movie review! (In my defence, it was Diwali weeeeek!) But let’s not waste our time any further; if you have watched the movie just time me, then my sympathies are with you and if you haven’t then, you should go watch it because main hi apne paise barbaad kyun karu?!
The film has crossed over Rs. 101 crores in 3 days of its release!
Set in the time when India was under the British Raj, the basic story of the film revolves around a daughter who wants to revenge the Britisher, John Clive (Lloyd Owen) who killed her family. The daughter and princess Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh), is a master archer trained under Khudabaksh aka Azad (Amitabh Bachchan)- a trustee soldier of Zafira's father. Eleven years later, fates bring Friangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) in their lives and that's when the real story begins! As Aamir himself said recently, Firangi is someone you adore but can’t be friends with him. His jade color coat is a clear indication that he's a chameleon and cannot be trusted. He gets hired by the Britishers’ head John to capture Azad and his army of rebellions. Firangi demands a hefty amount of money and the release of his friend Chawani Prasad (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub). From now it’s all about the chameleon-like trait of Aamir and whether or not is he on the side of British.
Thugs of Hindostan had every element of being a blockbuster movie but lacked a good script. 'Beti ne liya baap ki maut ka badla' is so 90s and honestly, with so many experienced professionals you expect good written stuff. There’s a scene in which Aamir Khan’s Firangi says, “Hume hamesha dhoke ki umeed rakhni chahiye” (We should always expect to get backstabbed) and that’s the hint of how they already had planned to fool us. “Dhoka dena swabhav hai Bollywood ka aur (as Indian audience) bharosa karna hamara.”
With such a great budget, you're allowed to take cinematic liberties but just like in Dhoom 3, Vijay Krishna Acharya ended up over-doing the entire film which gets irritating after a certain point! An Eagle is used as an metaphor for Khudabaksh’s bravery and Aamir starts talking to him; it doesn’t stop here, the Eagle in the end delivers a locket to Amitabh. These weren’t spoilers; these were just hints why you can skip this movie.
Amitabh Bachchan is amazing in the movie because hello! He's Big B but at some scenes, he even feels like a miscast. He’s restlessly active for the man at his age but for the amount of action he’s doing on screen, someone younger could’ve created a different impact. After Ghajini, PK, Dangal, 3 Idiots and Secret Superstar- this movie was a letdown in every way. Firangi in one such character he can act while he sleepwalks. Partly entertaining, this isn’t we expect from Aamir Khan who has outstanding body of work (excluding Dhoom 3).
Katrina Kaif wasn't a pivot character; she was more like an extended cameo. Adding nothing valuable in the movie, Kat was a sight for sore eyes! Fatima Sana Shaikh, again, has very few dialogues but she’s good. She has looked like an archer and is very smooth while performing the action sequences. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub portrays his character well but fails to impress due to poor writing. Lloyd Owen as John Clive is boring and not at all gives the villainous feels. Also, Ronit Roy was present for the first 15 minutes of the movie as Zafira's father and even he did an okay job!
Vijay Krishna Acharya's direction is compliment-worthy but he should probably fire the people who wrote the story and screenplay! VFX is nicely arranged but there were times when its shoddiness comes right on your face. It’s a well directed film aimlessly roaming till the end. Ajay-Atul’s songs do well in specific situations. Suraiyya and Manzoor-E-Khuda is saved by Katrina’s hotness & Vashmalle by the quirky presence of Amitabh and Aamir. It’s John Stewart Eduri’s background score that has been the biggest takeaway for me from the film. It’s up there with the best and supports many dull scenes.
Thugs of Hindostan is better than Veer, Race 3 or Dhoom 3 but it's an awe-inspiring disappointment. The movie will do nothing but steal your ticket money giving nothing memorable in this barter. FIVE STARS!