The trailer of upcoming Aamir Khan/Amitabh Bachchan starrer Thugs of Hindostan has been released, and we have mixed feelings about it.
First the good. Did anyone see how amazing Amitabh Bachchan was? Ever since he made his debut in Bollywood, Big B has always floored us with his acting, and the Thugs of Hindostan trailer just goes to show that, even at the age of 75, he still has the power to wow his audiences.
With a white beard, blue eyes and turban, Bachchan makes it look as if the part was designed just for him, but then what else is new? He has always had the ability to fit into any role and play any part, and we just know that, whatever the film’s flaws may be, it would be worth it just to see Amitabh in action.
Then of course there is the fact that this will be the first time that Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are sharing screen space. Of late, Aamir has developed a reputation for picking and choosing his films very carefully, so we know that we can expect Thugs of Hindostan to have a unique and interesting story.
However, we can’t ignore some glaring flaws in the trailer. First of all, let’s talk about the editing goof-ups.
About two minutes in, Aamir is shown jumping from a cliff and landing on a ship. He starts out with no safety measures of any kind – because after all, that’s what the scene is supposed to be about – but then as the trailer progresses, we gradually see the rope and harness used to ensure the actor’s safety, that was supposed to have been edited out. Oops.
This is how the sequence starts.
Then we see the rope…
… and then the whole harness.
That’s not all. Towards the end of the trailer, when Fatima Sana Shaikh is supposed to jump off a mountain with her entire troupe, we see that someone forgot to edit the ropes then too. Check it out.
The biggest letdown, though, is the fact that there seems to be nothing fresh about Thugs of Hindostan. Anyone who’s seen Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean will agree that the Bollywood film seems to “borrow” heavily from the Hollywood franchise, including the opening shot and the battle sequences, Like Depp, Khan too is prancing around on tables and getting slapped by women. Even his get-up is heavily reminiscent of Depp’s other roles as Mad Hatter (from Alice in Wonderland) and Willy Wonka (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
How will Thugs of Hindostan turn out? We have to wait for the release to find out!
Watch the trailer here:
Thugs of Hindostan is based on the book Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor, and is slated for release on November 8, 2018.