Thugs of Hindostan is just a fun film depicting a different kind of fantasy adventure hitherto not seen in our films. Agreed that is not a great epic or classic which it could have been considering the brilliant cast signed up and the kind of resources at the disposal of Yash Raj Films but it certainly does not deserve this kind of whipping either…
The barrage of negative reviews and venom being spewed by the public and critics for Thugs of Hindostan is frankly quite surprising!
For starters, the trailer of the film released last month gave a clear indication of the story, the kind of characters we will be seeing as well as the type of fights and special effects which would be unfolded on the big screen. Added to this, YRF had also released about a dozen videos on YouTube sharing the making of the film right from the time the idea was conceived four years ago to the painstaking efforts to build the massive ships and the hunt for the proper location to film the ship sequences which led them all the way to Malta. Also revealed in the videos were the kind of costumes worn by the cast and the choreography behind the song and fight sequences. To be honest the film was exactly what was shown in the trailer.
-The coming together of Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan for the first time in their careers.
-They have plenty of scenes together including a superb fight between them in the second half of the film. There is also a foot-tapping dance number ‘Vashimalle’ picturized on them. The song is catchy and sung very well by Sukhwinder and Vishal Dadlani.
Here is link to the one-minute teaser of the song:
– Amitabh Bachchan’s unfading charisma even at the age of 75! He rides the screen like a modern day Colossus and his action scenes are unbelievable. How he has managed to pull off all fight sequences and stunts with such agility and fluidity at this age is simply remarkable! He is truly the ‘Shehenshah’ of Bollywood and the peerless ‘evergreen’ superstar of our industry.
-Aamir Khan plays a light-hearted conman who talks non-stop and switches sides in a jiffy without any qualms to suit his selfish needs. He has maximum screen space expectedly and has lots of witty dialogues as well and has given an effortless performance. His affable character with negative shades is in stark contrast to Amitabh’s honesty and integrity.
-Katrina Kaif has only two dance sequences but she has really done an amazing job. Her ‘Suraiyya Jaan’ number is so fast-paced and energetic. Wonder how choreographer Prabhudeva conceived such difficult steps and how she managed to execute them so effortlessly!
Here is the YouTube link to the making of the Suraiyya song:
-Fatima Sana Sheikh like in her earlier film Dangal looks very convincing in her action scenes and she has plenty of them throughout the film.
-Superbly choreographed and spectacularly shot fight scenes. And as mentioned earlier it is a treat to watch Amitabh in these scenes. He induces nothing but awe and respect in the audience with his dedication and conviction.
-Ronit Roy in a special appearance leaves a mark
-The film was too long and could have done with some crisper editing.
-Lack of any kind of surprise element in the story-line and no engaging twists in the narrative.
-Fatima Sana Shaikh is the character whose story forms the backdrop of the film. As the princess who escapes the clutches of the British after her parents and brother are killed in front of her, she trains to be a warrior and is helped in her revenge by her father’s faithful guardian played by Amitabh Bachchan. Unfortunately her emotive ability and dialogue delivery leave much to be desired and she fails to engage the audience in her journey.
-Katrina’s role was so miniscule that even if her character had been removed the story would have still remained the same.
-Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Aamir Khan’s friend was quite irritating.
-The British generals are shown to be dullards without any brain and for some strange reason spoke to each other in chaste Hindi!!!
POINTS WHICH PROBABLY PROVED TO BE THE UNDOING OF THIS EXTRAVAGANZA
-Unnecessary hype generated by the producers about this film being a magnum opus starring two titans of Hindi cinema for the first time.
-All the songs had already been released on YouTube and there was no surprise there also.
-Too many videos on the making of the film even before the release of the film only made the producers and director seem very arrogant and over-confident of their product.
-The spectacular success of the two ‘Bahubali’ films have raised the bar and standard of action packed mega-budget films to unprecedented heights and in comparison what Thugs of Hindostan offered was not enough. Had this film released ten years ago it would have been received with open arms.
-The audience today is not swayed by stars and big-budgets. Coming in the wake of the success of unusual films like Stree, Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho, Raazi, Blackmail, 102 Not Out, Padman, etc., the expectations and tastes of the audience has changed and they cannot be taken for granted; Thugs of Hindostan somehow did not live up to its hype for them.
-Right from the beginning there were comparisons drawn between ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ films and Thugs of Hindostan and this rumour really proved to be its undoing and soon after the trailer Aamir started receiving flak as the poor man’s Johnny Depp!
But whatever the verdict, the marketing strategy employed was so good that the first day collection of the film touched Rupees 50.25 crores making this the highest first day collection for any Hindi film ever! So the producers are going to make their money without doubt. With the kind of mass adulation and fan-following Aamir Khan is having in China currently, the film will definitely be lapped up by the audience there. For them it will just be a fantasy film and they will have no reservations in accepting the film at its face value.
And whatever the final outcome there is one unanimous positive reaction from every viewer coming out and that is for the fantastic portrayal of ‘Khudabaksh’ by the one and only Amitabh Bachchan. The movie is worth watching just to see his awesome action scenes!