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Thugs of Hindostan

THUGS OF HINDOSTAN is a mammoth misadventure!

By far the most expensive film in the history of Hindi cinema, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN plays with really high stakes, but having such poor cards to play with, it ends up being a misfortune. Clocking a runtime of nearly three long hours, this is one grand boring affair. Avoidable!

Based on Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel “Confessions of a Thug”, the movie tells us about a thug named Ameer Ali and his gang, whose nefarious ways posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India between 1790 and 1805.

The problem with this bloated magnum opus is that it has no real purpose behind all the noise it makes. Not to say that all commercial mainstream cinema should have purpose in its content, but here’s a film which has money to burn, and it unabashedly torches each rupee before your eyes. It rambles pointlessly and endlessly (quarter to three hours to be precise).

The revenge drama that drives the script forward is banal and looks to have been picked up from a C-grade movie of the 80’s Bollywood. That, has been packaged in grand sets, subpar CGI, and a cast boasting of the biggest stars in the industry. Just minutes into this film, and you realize that this is a misfire that cannot be redeemed. Believe you me, sitting through this film is a task only the very patient can accomplish, for which I pat my back. Talking about the gaping holes in the storyline is an activity in vain, as it’s a film that is basically composed of flaws. The music is strictly average too.

The only little delight that you get here is in watching Aamir Khan’s character. He’s witty, charming, but far from trustworthy. Till the very end, you’re unsure of which side he’s on. Khan plays it with just the right attitude and somehow manages to pull off an entertaining act in a film which is such a slog. Amitabh Bachchan is wasted in a role that hardly required him. How unfortunate is that! Fatima Sana Shaikh plays a role of which she herself isn’t convinced, as a result delivers a performance which is least compelling of all. Katrina Kaif, looks sizzling, but appears only in 2 songs, and that’s about it. The rest of the cast hardly deserves any mention, as all acts seem futile.

To sum up, with such worthy resources in hand (both financially and talent wise), Director Vijay Krishna Acharya has definitely wasted a sparkling opportunity. I hope we see Aamir and Amitabh again, but in a worthy piece of cinema. As far as this one goes, it’s an experience that disappoints and how!

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