Claiming to be the biggest film of this year, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has disappointed. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the biggest banner of Hindi cinema, the film has a budget of over 2 billion rupees and Vijay Krishna Acharya, who directed it, has written many big films including Dhoom series, Bluffmaster, Guru, Ravana etc. And directing experience.
The most famous actors in the film world – Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif – have played lead roles in it. Other artists and technical collaborators are also competent in every way. So, then the question arises as to why the film could not meet expectations. The first answer to this is that the director himself is unable to understand what he has to show.
It was believed that ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ was based on the novel ‘Confessions of a Thug’ by Philip Meadows Taylor, published in 1839, in which the story of a thug kingpin named Azad. But shortly before the performance of the film, Aamir Khan told in some interviews that this is not so and the film is a fantasy like the films of 1970s Manmohan Desai. Now there is no need to convince people like Aamir Khan or Acharya that directors like Manmohan Desai or Prakash Mehra also used to make their films based on a story and on top of that they would entertain with dialogue, song-music, action etc. Were.
Actually, the difficulty of this film is the same, which is usually with films made on the historical background of Hindi cinema. Lack of research and giving artists strange clothes. Such a big budget film is being made, so what was the trouble in spending some money on research! There is also a lot of history on the cheating and many legends too. You can find two-four stories on cheating in every city with details of Hwensang, Barani, Calcutta Gazette, Sleeman etc. Taylor’s book itself could have given a soft foundation. Taylor had been an officer in the Nizamshahi of Hyderabad and was exposed to activities related to cheating. This novel was also well known during that period.
Release Gone Bad
Before the release, all efforts were made to tell the people through the media that how ships were made by traveling around three countries, how weavers were made special clothes in different cities of the country and how weapons were made. Now someone asks the producer and director of this film – if the reference to make these things could be taken from the 18th century, then what is the point of avoiding plotting according to the thugs of the same century?
Thugs mostly used to kill their victims by tying a rope around their neck. Because of this he was also called hangman. His second main weapon was the knife. Now, it makes no sense to show a large amount of ammunition in the film. The East India Company occupied Hindustan by blowing less ammo than the ammo used in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’.
However, a good portion of the film could have belonged to the company and its head of sleeman, the thugs and thieves in the company of Governor William Bentinck. On the pretext of cheating the thugs and robberies, the British had categorized many wandering tribes into the lowest castes and Sleeman was also working on a conspiracy to trap the country under the guise of his work. The film had a chance to outline many such aspects and all of this was possible in an entertaining way. The company’s pressure on the indigenous princely states and the relationship of increased fraud could also be seen, and it could also be pointed out that these antics of the British also had a role in the revolt of 1857.
However, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ can recover its own cost or inaugurate a club of four hundred crores. But, after a few days when it will come out of theaters, then no one will remember it.