Thugs of Hindostan Review: A ₹300-Crore Rambo Circus


Thugs of Hindostan Review: A ₹300-Crore Rambo Circus

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty


hen the history of Bollywood is written, Vijay Krishna Acharya will find a special mention. After all, it takes exceptional talent to make Bollywood’s most expensive film (at ₹300 crore) and still mess it up despite being afforded the luxury of having the best in the business in one frame – a Khan and a Bachchan. In Thugs Of Hindostan, Acharya, through the generosity of Aditya Chopra’s staggering bank balance, brings together an unforgettable star cast: a clownish Aamir Khan, a stiff Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif’s abs, and Fatima Sana Sheikh’s stamina.

And yet, Thugs of Hindostan is one of Bollywood’s most unambitious, unfunny, and derivative films, which redefines the idea of an epic disaster. It’s a frightening (and unwanted) love-child of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro and Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey — only a thousand times worse.