Thugs of Hindostan (2018)

Director of Dhoom 3, Vijay Krishna Acharya thought he could pull off another bad film on Aamir’s shoulders. This time round he had Amitabh Bachchan as well, but even after the big budget and supporting cast, he made a sub-standard film with no pace or thrill.

What worked for me is having no expectations, thinking I will hate it. What surprised me is that the film wasn’t that terrible, but definitely belongs in the bad category. Some jokes and scenes aside, and the excellent special effects, it was a predictable film, with not one or two, but three long scenes where I felt the film will end, but on it went.

Katrina has a few lines, and very odd outfits for the year 1795. Fatima Sana Shaikh has a few more lines and scenes. The action looks artificial, and the story is a rip off of Pirates of the Carribean, as are the characters and slapstick approach. The issue here is the backdrop of slavery and imperial rule which make it a serious affair, don’t work with the forced comedy.

Aamir is decent in a role which doesn’t demand much, and Amitabh, the man is faultless as an actor.

Should you watch it? No… the treatment is worse than formulaic, it’s stereotypical 90s where main leads dance in front of the villain.

Save money. He directed Tashan too. This makes 3 bad films. Wake up Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra.

1.5/5

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Bang Bang (2014)

Much awaited Hrithik and Katrina starrer. And yes, Katrina does star in this film, unlike Dhoom 3, where she had a blink and miss role. Sorry a lot of Dhoom 3 references are going to come up in this review, for I felt cheated by both.

So they say you must leave your brain aside for some films. I didn’t think this would be one of them. Especially when they credit the source, Knight and Day, in the opening titles. But when they try to pass off the desert of Abu Dhabi as London in broad day light, you realise you have to hold your brain with your pop corn, in your lap.

Thankfully the movie doesn’t take itself seriously, like Dhoom 3 did, where you actually felt like shooting everyone on screen. Here things happen, because its convenient and of course the cinema goer doesn’t have intelligence, “so we can do anything”, thought the makers. What surprises me is that big stars are now doing such films, and audiences are consuming it.

Hrithik does what he does best – dance. His body is chiselled and bronzed to the point of looking unattractive, and doesn’t match his back story at all. Katrina, yo-yoing from size 8 to 16, has a few funny bits, but overall has character issues. She can’t make up what side of herself she is on. Action sequences are well shot, as are the various locales. But did the film warrant its 140-160 (figures differ) budget? Not at all. Caricature support cast move along the ‘fantasy’ plot, sorry not worth mentioning, except the cute grandma.

Director Siddharth Anand (maker of Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani) has delivered what may appear to be a ‘crore-crazy’ film, but it lacks severely in content.

Sad to say, but Hrithik has pulled an Aamir.

1.5/5