Verdict: Thugs of Hindostan has enough fireworks to light your Diwali up.

Diwali is not just a festival, it is a vibe and Thugs of Hindostan complements it really well. Two huge names in Bollywood with careers spanning over decades share the screen for the very first time. This is one of the reasons why Thugs of Hindostan is one of the most anticipated films of this year. Thugs has been produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yashraj Films banner.

What’s Thugs of Hindostan About:

Set in about 1700s, Thugs of Hindostan is about a band of “thugs” led by Khudabaksh Jahazi aka Azad (Amitabh Bachchan) and Zafira (Fatima Sana Shaikh), a princess brutally orphaned at the hands of a British Commander John Clive (Lloyd Owen). The band calls themselves Azaad and the only thing on their minds is defeating the British India Company and freeing their motherland Hindostan from the British. All is brave and intense with a lot of amazingly choreographed fight scenes till Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) enters the picture, on a donkey no less. Firangi is a charmer and a conniving conman no one can trust. According to Firangi, betrayal and death are the only two certainties of life and people encounter both at least once. Lloyd approaches Firangi to find Azad and offers a hefty bounty in return. After some pretty funny and accidental series of incidents, Firangi “saves” Zafira’s life and is now a part of Azad’s inner circle. But like we said, Firangi is not someone anyone should trust.

What works:

To start off, the sets are beautiful and the era is depicted very well. Right from the costumes to the weapons and even the props, the 1700s stand in front of you quite convincingly. We tip our hats to the director of photography Manush Nandan for some killer visuals. Thugs of Hindostan is a masala entertainer with fight sequences to match. The fight choreography is intense and engaging. The dialogues are garnished with a couple of funny quips and do the trick of providing comic relief. Amitabh Bachchan’s energy is humbling and Aamir Khan’s performance is flawless. Fatima is great at action scenes and is a delight to watch as a sniper-archer as well as in hand-to-hand combats. The other supporting cast members like Ila Arun and Md. Zeeshan Ayyub give memorable performances. Ronit Roy shines in the five minutes he is on screen. Though it is no surprise how the movie ends, the course taken by Thugs is totally worthy of being a Diwali blockbuster.

What could’ve been better:

While the film is very well made, don’t expect surrealism and symbolism. The film is pretty direct but it doesn’t hurt the narrative. Fewer songs could’ve helped the film’s case.

Why You Should Watch:

This is a film you’re allowed to get legit excited about. It’s for the first time we see the Aamir-Amitabh combo. It is a good Diwali treat with a lot of fireworks and stunning visuals. Thugs of Hindostan is your best bet for the weekend. Have a great Diwali, guys!