1.5 / 5.0
By: Rajarajan V.S.
***** SPOILER ALERT !!! *****
Few minutes into the film or while watching it or after watching it (which you ought to consider as one of the toughest challenges you’ve completed successfully without dozing off), you will feel sorry for Vijay Krishna (director), pity the cast/crew and of course, blame yourselves for having watched the film. Vijay Krishna had all the resources that a director could ask for to make a magnum opus – whopping budget, fantastic actors, and skilled crew. And he goes down to the sea bed with them all.
You will have come across this revenge story a million times. That doesn’t really matter to me. There are tons a talented director can do even without a proper story line. Even if Vijay Krishna had nothing unique to say/show, I would’ve called this film “disappointing”. But, he annoys – 3 major reason: a hellish run time of 2hrs 45mins, not utilising a golden opportunity (the resources) and letting down the 2 legendary actors.
Amitabh literally has nothing to do here. He jumps and sword fights. I would watch his recent Hindi film ‘Pink’ 3 times in a row and still never get bored. At present, Amitabh is meant to do such films.
You have to believe that Aamir plays a trickster. It’s only the actor who appears to be a trickster and not Vijay Krishna’s character Firangi (played by Aamir). Vijay Krishna seems to have nothing in store for Aamir. And Aamir goes bookish – well, which isn’t of Aamir’s standards. The predictability is fat. And what’s even vexing is how over-confidently Vijay Krishna twists the story with Aamir, as if no one knows that the universally renown superstar will only end up being on the good side.
Fatima plays a princess/warrior. She excelled in such a role in Dangal, in which only the premise differed – wrestling. Vijay Krishna must’ve watched that film. But here, he invests much in the Indo-Brit babe, Katrina, who plays an item dancer. He hardly seems to have invested in Fatima’s character.
Manush Nandan’s cinematography is neat and at the same time, there’s not even one significant shot. I neither care about Ajay’s, Atul’s songs dubbed in Tamil nor really worry as they come as speed-breakers because already there’s Vijay Krishna who’s annoying me big time. John Stewart’s background score is way too stereotypic.
If there’s any space one could find to appreciate Thugs of Hindostan, it’s the production design, which appears to be intense and posh everywhere. To sum up, Even Amitabh and Aamir drown in this shipwreck, captained by Vijay Krishna.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan | Aamir Khan | Fatima Sana Shaikh | Katrina Kaif
Crew: Writer/Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya | Cinematographer: Manush Nandan | Editor: Ritesh Soni | Songs: Ajay, Atul | Background Score: John Stewart Eduri | Production Design: Sumit Basu
Produced By: Yash Raj Films – Aditya Chopra
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