Set in 1795, the film follows a band of Thugs who are led by Khudabaksh Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan), who aspires to free Hindostan from the British East India Company. British commander John Clive (Lloyd Owen) sends a small-time Thug from Awadh, Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan), to infiltrate and counter the threat. What happens when Firangi Mallah and Khudabaksh Azaad is what the film is all about.
We also get to Suraiyya (Katrina Kaif) who has very little to do in the film. It’s basically an extended cameo, with a couple of scenes and two odd songs. It’s really sad to see her being totally wasted, while Zafira Baig (Fatima Sana Shaikh) is reduced to being a gymnast here, despite having more screen time than Katrina. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub’s character of Shanichar looks like a force fit.
Coming to the two main ones, Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh Azaad is someone you root, while Aamir Khan as Firangi Mallah is fun and has the right mix of grey shades.
Thugs Of Hindostan is the biggest budget Yash Raj Production of all time, the first film to bring both Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan together.
The East India company is portrayed as a naive bunch of white men ready to trade anything with.gold, taking us far away from reality. The script of full of logical loopholes and there are too many continuity jerks.
Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film is dull, full of scenes that look like a pile of scrap and is just all over the place.
All in all, I would suggest, kindly stay away from this one because I am sure that you will not want to see this one when it comes on television.
Rating: One Star