Thugs of Hindostan

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Thugs of Hindostan
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Genre: Action/Adventure
Directed By: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Produced By: Aditya Chopra
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan
Aamir Khan
Katrina KaifFatima
SanaShaikh
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Manush Nandan
Distributed By: Yash Raj Films
Release Date: 8 November 2018 (India)
28 December 2018 (China)
Runtime: 164 minutes
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Budget: ₹220–300 crore
Box Office: ₹335 crore


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.

Plot

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

  1. Basically, the film is the Bollywood version of Pirates of The Caribbean done wrong which was the biggest flaw in this movie. Firangi (Aamir Khan) was way too similar to Jack Sparrow.
  2. Poor grasp of source material: The movie looks was way too similar to a 70s film
  3. The direction of this movie was heavily criticized.
  4. Despite of Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan's good performance, the acting by the rest of the cast was mediocre.
  5. Very weak script and awful direction by Vijay Krishna Acharya.
  6. Despite of being a high budget movie of 240 crore(34,645,200 $) , the CGI was too average.
  7. Terrible action sequences. Amitabh Bachchan felt too old to pull off the fight scenes.
  8. The film disappointed Katrina Kaif fans as many thought that she was the main female lead but it turned out that her appearance was only an extended cameo.
  9. If it wasn't for YRF increasing the ticket prices, the film would've been saved from being a disaster.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. As mentioned before, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan's acting was passable but not enough to save the film.
  2. The soundtrack was decent.

Reception

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.

Box Office

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.

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