- Thar is set in a remote village of Rajasthan where men are being brutally tortured and killed. It’s a pounding ultra-violent thriller, with cinematographer Shreya Dev Dubey shooting the deserts with ruthless unsentimentality, stripping them of all romance. Dubey is the real hero of Thar.
- The father-son pair Anil Kapoor and Harshvarrdhan Kapoor are not cast as father and son.Yipee. That’s the good part of the script. They are on the opposite sides of the firing line like Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in Bunty Aur Babli. That’s the part to worry about.
- Anil Kapoor closer to his own age than ever before. He playing an aging cop, sports grey hair(dyed on to dyed jetblack hair) and uses reading glasses and suffers his wife(the monstrously underused Nivedita Bhattacharya)’s taunts .I hope he use those reading glasses to read the fineprint in his contract which clearly states he cannot go back to playing 40-year old overgrown brats.
- Watch out for the supporting cast specially Fatima Sana Shaikh playing an abused wife, Jitendra Joshi playing her abusive husband, and Mukti Mohan playing an over-sexed local woman. These characters add a tangy flavor to the grim glum sweltering environment of mounting tension.
- Harshvarrdhan Kapoor’s character is sullen from first to last, and with reason.He plays a tormented tortured battered soul who knows that no amount of revenge can bring him back what he has lost. Ironically the theme of the futility of violence is embedded in a mood of seething excruciating violence. Thar is one of the most brutal films in recent times.
- The film borrows the style of the spaghetti western , with unbathed macho men trotting into camera range in horses and jeeps, and galloping into the horizon after having meted what they think to be justice.You (John) Wayne some, you lose some.
- Luckily, Thar goes directly to the OTT platform. If it had to gone to the theatres via the censorboard it would have been mauled and mutilated, much like Harshvarrdhan’s victims are in the film.And even after the violent journey it would have got no audience in theatres.