Thugs Of Hindostan

Thugs Of Hindostan Movie Review 2018: Thugged, Drugged And Slugged

Movie Name
Thugs Of Hindostan
Vijay Krishna Acharya
Action, Adventure
02 hours 44 minutes

Thugs Of Hindostan Review

If this is Hindi cinema's answer to the stupendously mounted Baahubali, writer-director Vijay Acharya Krishna and Yashraj Films need to go back to the drawing board and see that their content is as obsolete as the ships in the film. The all-time truth prevails: it's never the budget, it's the writing that's king. And there is no king out here.

Harking back to the British Raj, Krishna tells a tedious tale of aprecocious little girl who grows up to take revenge against the English tutored by Azaad, her dead father's warrior-lieutenant. But it's crafty Firangi Mallah who's omnipresent on screen as he double-crosses everybody around but finally comes out the hero.

Lavish in scale but not slick in execution, there are well-conceived sequences like a large statue coming alive in the rain but nothing is captivating enough to rate a watch.

Scruffy, unpolished Firangi is the unscrupulous Indian who lives by his wits and sells his soul for the bags of gold that come his way.

Unfortunately, in this grim, unsmiling and perpetually brown-grey film, Firangi is the sole source of entertainment. There's even a jaunty background score for him to remind you that this is comic-entertainment. But Firangi's devious antics stop being amusing after a while. This is true especially in the long-drawn-out climax where he chatters non-stop.

Among the many how-come moments is the laddoo and loud climax where the British who've already been deceived and have lost precious lives are naïve enough to trust Firangi again without even keeping a watch over him. It's just too convenient and repetitive to make a surprising twist.

Firangi lives the ultimate male fantasy of having two leading women fall in love with him topped with a senior citizen played by Ila Arun who too fancies him and plants one on his lips. But romance is not in numbers, it has to be in intensity which is unfulfilling.

Katrina Kaif is like a glorified item girl, nothing substantial about her character as it's Fatima Sana Sheikh who has the meatier role of the warrior girl who regains freedom for her fortressed territory of Raunakpur. Somehow you can't help remembering Devasena's rhythmic bow-and-arrow battles in Baahubali 2 which were several notches higher than Fatima's stance as a warrior.

We've all seen Amitabh Bachchan in far better roles that suit his age. Casting him as Azaad, an agile and fiery warrior, is cruel as well as unconvincing.

There are characters like Sanicharwhose ‘gyaan' or knowledge is much touted but is nowhere in evidence anywhere. Zeeshan Ayub as Sanichar delivers every dialogue like an axe chopping up his words.

Above all, the film belongs to Aamir Khan as Awadhi-spouting Firangi. He is an actor whose performances never disappoint and he does spring a surprise with his wily deviousness which can go in any direction. It's not his performance but his character that is a let-down this time. Firangi comes off like an actor so consumed by self-admiration that he doesn't realise how unconvincing the happenings around him are.

The good news is that all three songs, ‘Suraiyya', ‘Arrerara' and ‘Manzoor-e-Khuda'are well-composed and energetically-choreographed. But their situations are as outdated as the rest of the film. Unlike Lagaan, this is the British Raj of Aamir Khan's Mangal Pandey.


  • Dialogues
  • Story
  • Music
  • Screen Play

The Verdict

For a film that’s a tedious watch with no fun, Thugs OfHindostan gets a 2.5* rating.


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