U/A: Action, Adventure
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Llyod Owen
May be Aamir Khan’s Firangi Malla is, after all, modelled on Jack Sparrow. But the film is far from being inspired by The Pirates of Carribean. Though, after sitting through 2 hours and 45 minutes of Thugs of Hindostan, I wish it were. The swashbuckler Diwali venture is nothing short of colossal heartbreak for cinephiles. The maiden screen union of two of the country’s biggest stars – Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan deserved a better film. But TOH is as bad as its trailer; a film so devoid of spunk that you’ll be baffled why those who spend 300 crores and 3 years on creating visual spectacles, don’t invest half as much in writing better screenplays.
Set in the fictional town of Raunakpur – TOH is essentially a revenge drama with a dash of patriotism thrown in. Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh), the princess of Raunakpur witnesses the death of her entire family at the hands of John Clive (Llyod Owen), an East India Company officer. Her trusted godfather Khudabaksh (played by Amitabh Bachchan) raises her to be a warrior and her heart is set upon bringing freedom. The British employ one of their trusted spies Firangi (Aamir Khan) to nab Khudabaksh’s army. A victim of his own swinish habits, Firangi struggles to rise above his greed and not sell his soul to the devil.
Evidently, the plot isn’t a forte here but it’s almost shameful that after seven decades of independence, we are whipping up shoddy rehashes in the name of patriotic movies. The villains are singularly cardboard fixtures speaking incorrect Hindi with flair. The vision is far from refreshing that is problematic because 2018 has given …read more