Thugs of Hindostan
Thugs of Hindostan is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action-adventure film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif. Set in 1795, the film follows a band of Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad, who aspires to free Hindostan (the Indian subcontinent) from the rule of the expanding British East India Company. Alarmed, British commander John Clive sends a small-time Thug from Awadh, Firangi Mallah, to infiltrate and counter the threat. The film recorded the highest first-day collection and highest two-day collection for any Hindi film in India, and the fourth biggest opening weekend in India, but immediately experienced a significant drop in the second day itself.
Based on Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug, the movie tells us about a thug named Ameer Ali and his gang, whose nefarious ways posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India between 1790 and 1805.
Why It Sucks
- Basically, the film itself is pretty much a Bollywood rip-off of the Pirates of The Caribbean series which in fact, was the biggest flaw in this movie.
- Not to mention, the main protagonists, Firangi (Aamir Khan) is way too similar to Jack Sparrow.
- Poor grasp of source material: The movie looks was way too similar to a 70s film than a 2018 one.
- Vijay Krishna Acharya's direction in the film is terrible and is a huge downgrade from another film he directed, Tashan.
- Not to mention, that, alongside this film, proved that Acharya is a terrible director.
- Despite Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan's good performance, the acting by the rest of the cast was very mediocre and comparable to that of Troll 2.
- Very weak script, even for 2010s Bollywood standards.
- The film is one of the most expensive Bollywood films to date, but despite having a high budget of just 240 crore ($34,645,200), the special effects are way too average, heck even other films had way better special effects than this film, regardless of the low budget.
- Terrible action sequences. Amitabh Bachchan's somewhat felt too old to pull off the fighting scenes.
- False advertising: Judging by her appearance in the poster, Katrina Kaif would appear as a character that is somewhat important to the plot, instead she appears as a cameo in the film, most likely to get more people to watch it, which is a very common problem is most of the movies in India, where they advertise that a character would appear in the film, only to appear as a cameo in a music video or a filler scene.
- The pacing was really poor.
- The film pretty much killed Vijay Krishna Acharya's career as a director, as he didn't produce nor direct and wrote a film since then.
- As mentioned before, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan's acting was well recieved, but it was not enough good to save the film.
- The cinematography is at least decent.
- The soundtrack by John Stewart Aduri is pretty decent.
- On top of that, the songs written by Ajay-Atul are also good.
Thugs of Hindostan received generally negative reviews from critics. While the performances of Bachchan and Khan drew praise, both Acharya's direction and screenplay were criticized. The film has a "rotten" score of 20% from professional critics with an average score of 2.8 out of 5. On IMDb, the film has a score of 4.1/10.
Thugs of Hindostan had the biggest morning occupancy for an Indian film in 2018, with 65-70% of the seats booked. Its first day collection in India was the highest for any Hindi film, at ₹52.25 crore nett (₹63.5 croregross), surpassing the previous opening day records held by Happy New Year (₹44.97 crore), Baahubali 2(₹41 crore), and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (₹40.35 crore). On the second day, the film's nett collection dropped to ₹29.25 crore. Its two-day total was an estimated ₹81.50 crore nett in India, the highest for any Hindi film in its first two days. In three days, the film's domestic collection was ₹105 crore nett, becoming Amitabh Bachchan's first film to net ₹100 crore in India (without taking inflation into account). By the end of its opening weekend on 11 November 2018, the film's domestic collections were ₹123 crore nett and ₹157.69 crore gross. It surpassed Dhoom 3 to become Aamir Khan's biggest opening weekend in India, and surpassed Sanju to become the highest opening weekend grosser of 2018. Thugs of Hindostan also became India's fourth highest opening weekend grosser of all time, after Sultan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Baahubali 2. In its opening week, the film's collections in India were ₹140.4 crore nett, and ₹180 crore gross, becoming the fourth highest opening week grosser of 2018, after Sanju, Padmaavat and Race 3.
The box-office takings, however, dropped significantly after receiving bad reviews, and the film made only ₹145 crore in India after 11 days. It resulted in significant losses for theatre owners, who demanded refunds from the subdistributor of Yash Raj Films. As of 26 November 2018, the film's collections in India stand at ₹151.19 crore nett and ₹193.83 crore gross.
Internationally, the film grossed US$6.4 million (₹46.66 crore) in its opening weekend, including US$2.22 million in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, US$1.45 in the United States and Canada, and £497,663 ($635,224) in the United Kingdom. It was the year's third highest grossing opening weekend after Padmaavat and Sanju. Overseas, during its opening weekend, it grossed US$7.8 million (₹56.8 crore) and $9.5 million (₹69.18 crore) as of November 26, 2018. In China, the film was released on December 28, 2018 and grossed $1.78 million (₹13 crore) and entered the daily Box office chart at no. 3 (behind the films Kill Mobile and Aquaman), and the second highest screen percentage behind Kill Mobile, In China, the film grossed $4.78 million during its opening weekend and $8.21 million during its opening week.