Trailer Review: ‘Thugs of Hindostan’

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The long awaited trailer for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has finally released.

After weeks of teasing the audience with the introduction of the various characters played by Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh – we finally get the trailer and it does not disappoint!

Admittedly I first saw this on my iPhone on a packed train on the way to work. So two things did not impress me at the time: A fellow commuter’s armpit in my face and the use of CGI for all the wide shots of the various battle scenes and ships. It wasn’t until I got into the office I saw this properly on the desktop that my excitement was raised. Yes, this looks like a lot of research was done with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, but there’s something refreshing to see a couple of brown faced pirate-esque characters engaging in sword-fights. Yes, the CGI is obvious at times but I have seen a lot worse in the past (Matrix attempt in ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004) anyone?)

I love a good olden times period movie. Titles like ‘Lagaan’ (2001) and ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) come to mind. And this looks like it will fit nicely in that category. The music has an epic feel to it that would feel at home in any Hollywood movie.

People-wise it would be hard to ignore the fact that this is the very first time Bachchan and Khan share the silver screen. And each frame with them is glorious to watch. Khan looks to have delved into his inner Jack Sparrow and Charlie Chaplin – guyliner and all – whilst Bachchan himself looks like he was made for a role like this as Azaard. A voiceover from Bachchan is sure to send shivers down any spine.

Representing the females it seems as though Shaikh will have more of a physical role over Kaif. But after seeing Kaif in ‘Dhoom 3’ (2013) I wouldn’t put it past her to knock a few heads.

As a sucker for all things battle related I’m definitely interested in how these action shots pan out. Bollywood have finally begun to get this right with battle scenes in ‘Padmaavat’ as a recent example – compared with the laughable computer graphics in ‘Mohenjo Daro’ (2018). And let’s not forget, if a certain Khan is involved in a movie, it’s going to aim for perfection.

The trailer has certainly moistened my appetite and it looks like the type of film that needs to be seen on the big screen. I’ll be there.

BizAsiaLive.com Rating: 4/5

 

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