The mighty Amitabh Bachchan and the incredibly committed Aamir Khan together for the first time. If we add up their time in the industry together it comes more than a 100 years of acting.And never together before!!!Come again??
This is Bollywood’s answer to The Pirates Of The Caribbean(‘Maldives Ke Samudri Daku’ ???).The get-up of both the superstars makes them look different from anything they’ve done so far,although Aamir’s British-stooge look seems a mongrelized fusion of British aristocracy and a fashion vagabond.A sort Ranveer Singh on Oxford Street.
Aamir Khan and director Vijay Krishna Acharya have earlier worked together in Dhoom 3. This is Aamir’s third film with Acharya.He had double role in Dhoom 3, you see.Apparently Aamir was not too keen on doing another film with the same director so soon after the first. But Acharya convinced him with the script. And of course the two leading ladies.
Both Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh were selected by Aamir .The second, because of Dangal. The first , because he had enjoyed working with Katrina in Dhoom 3 and had promised to work in another film where she would have more to do. That promise, I hear, has barely been kept. Katrina pretty much has a breeze-in-breeze out part in Thugs.
The bizarre dance steps of Katrina’s item song Suraiyya would put Birju Maharaj and Saroj Khan into a state of collective depression. Whoever thought of the song and the moves must be given an award for letting the imagination get the better of him/her. But Suraiyya is breaking the internet.So who am I to complain.
Another highlight is the climactic face-off between Mr Bachchan and Mr Khan where Mr B, defying all medical advice,has done all the stunts himself giving Aamir as good as he gets. One of the two superstars dies at the end. I am not telling which.
Yash Raj Films has a had a good year. Their small neat sincere effort Sui Dhaga paid stitch..I mean, rich dividends.Thugs Of Hindostan is the most expensive film Yash Raj has ever produced(though I hear only AamirKhan has been paid his market price).
Yash Raj has booked 80-90 percent of the screens in all the leading multiplex chains of the country. The theatres must keep playing Thugs Of Hindostan from Thursday 8 November to Monday 12 November , no matter what the boxoffice outcome.
Aamir’s role was first offered to Hrithik Roshan who wanted producer Adi Chopra to rework the script. Considering the boxoffice performance of Hrithik’s last two films Mohenjo Daro and Kaabil Chopra must be doing dances of ecstacy in relief for having convinced Aamir to come on board.
Will Thugs Of Hindostan at the end of this year break the records of Padmaavat which came at the beginning of 2018? Unlikely, because at least a 100 crores of Padmavat’s 350-crore earnings came from the controversies. Jaisi‘Karni’ waisi bharni.