The most anticipated Bollywood film of the year, Thugs of Hindostan, has finally been released today and social media is flooded with hilarious reactions as the film has failed to live up to its monumental expectations. Critics and fans alike are of the opinion that director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s screenplay, lead actors’ over-the-top performances, film’s big-budget and glossy looks lack the strength to guide this vessel out of the deep waters.
Here are some excerpts of the reviews from popular Indian publications:
NDTV: Bloated and tacky despite Amitabh Bachchan plus Aamir Khan
Big, bloated, bombastic, Thugs of Hindostan is a period saga that banks solely upon action and spectacle for impact. The characters that populate it are, like the thousand ships that the film launches in the service of a bitter early 19th century battle between the fast-expanding British East India Company and a band of intrepid rebels who refuse to be enslaved by a foreign power, are as flimsy as cardboard. Thugs of Hindostan barely ever hits terra firma. And when it does on the rare occasion, it fails to stay rooted long enough for those moments to make a difference.
Times of India: Lavish but underwhelming action adventure movie
Another disappointing aspect of the movie is the music by Ajay-Atul, that doesn’t add to the narrative. While the individual performances by Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are noteworthy, the rest of the cast just never comes together. Aamir excels in the physical comedy and banter, while Mr Bachchan pulls-off the heroics and the intense dialogues well, but the rest of the cast isn’t able to rally up any serious effort. Katrina Kaif is limited to two songs and a few lines of dialogue, while Fatima Sana Shaikh is left at the mercy of some badly choreographed action sequences.
Bollywood Hungama: Thugs Of Hindostan is a King-Sized disappointment!
Aamir plays to the gallery, but is letdown by the writing. Also, at places, he tries too hard to be funny. Amitabh Bachchan delivers a powerful performance and towers above all. Fatima Sana Shaikh fails to create the desired impact. Katrina Kaif is hardly there, barring two songs and a few sequences.
Hindustan Times: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan go down with this sinking ship
A word.now, about Jack Sparrow. Think what you will of Johnny Depp today — and it is true nobody remembers the last Pirates installment — but when he brought Sparrow alive in 2003, it was an audaciously original act. It rightly earned the actor an Oscar nomination (one he should have won) for the way he created a wholly unprecedented protagonist. That fey swagger, that air of constant bewilderment… We never saw a kohl-eyed, rum-fetishising hero like Captain Jack. Khan, who told the press he wants people to forget Sparrow after seeing his character, Firangi, may have taken his own advice to heart too soon and forgotten the majesty of Depp. Firangi is one of Khan’s most unremarkable characters, a rogue free of charisma or cleverness, with barely a line worth remembering.
Also, NOT to be missed are these hilarious Twitter reactions:
For some, the movie was unbearable
I want to walk out of the cinema. This is torture. #ThugsOfHindostan
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) November 8, 2018
20 minutes in the theater and…
— Burning Dezire. (@iam_za1d) November 8, 2018
When people thought the creators have wasted A-list actors
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) November 8, 2018
At least the aftereffect is monumental
When you come out after watching Thugs of Hindostan!!
— #HowFootballSavedHumans (@Asad00635360) November 8, 2018
Not a single positive review?
— Aakash Verma 🇮🇳 (@Aakash_Srkian) November 8, 2018
Judging by these comments, it is safe to say that film will not hold its ground once the initial euphoria fades away.