After much anticipation and wait, the multi-starrer Thugs of Hindostan has finally hit the screens today. Starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Lloyd Owen and Fatima Sana Shaikh in key roles, the film has been directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.
Set in 1970s, Thugs of Hindostan follows the fearless Khudabaksh Azaad and his gang, which aims to make Hindostan free from the expanding British East India Company rule. To battle him and his gang, British commander John Clive decides to send Firangi Mallah, a small-time Thug from Awadh and how things unfold forms the main base of the story.
The film, so far, has equal proportion of drama, action and subtle humour. Part engaging and part intriguing, the makers have etched the characters well. Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh didn’t have a solid line to him at the beginning of the first half but his high-octane action-filled performance said it all. He is in top form and everything about his character spells mystery and will make you curious to find out more about him. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who plays Zafira, too, is a woman of less words and her backstory paved a way for her magnificent entry. Aamir Khan as Firangi Malla has the most shades and layers to his character and in a film largely driven by action sequences, his is a character of brain. He uses his wit and words to get his way and his character is a delight. Katrina as Suraiyya is gorgeous. The actor, however, hasn’t had much meat to her character yet – except for one scene maybe.
The cinematography and the magnanimous sets are two pluses making the film a visual spectacle. The background music, too, adds a definite overwhelming touch to the narrative. The wizardry with bow and arrow and swords is another well-etched strength of the film. Most characters get to display their wizardry ability and do so in supreme fashion – leaving aside a few over-dramatised sequences. The strange connection between Khudabaksh and Firangi also makes for a drawing point. The film’s music, however, is forgettable and doesn’t add anything to the plot.
While it remains to be seen how things unfold in the second half, the grand visual spectacle is sure an entertainer this Diwali.