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  • It’s relevance to today’s times is striking. Interestingly, Thugs of Hindostan includes enough of the trappings to make you cringe and yet manages to keep you entertained.

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  • A mild Pirates of the Caribbean hangover aside, this is prime Diwali blockbuster material — a story of relationships, betrayal, adventure and courage, of underdogs and their unlikely triumphs.

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  • Apart from the stray funny moments and consistently good visuals (thanks to decent CGI efforts), 'TOH' doesn’t really have the punch or the thrill that is required to pull off a film of this scale.

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  • ...it is a pity no one thought of writing a more novel story, especially when they had two superstars on board their ship. It is a pity that after spending so much  on VFX, gimmickry and virgin locales of Malta, no one thought it appropriate to fit the whole thing in with more emotion and entertainment. 

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  • For a film that leans so heavily on action, the stunts barely offer anything you’ve not seen before, and given that this falls in the fantasy genre, elevated expectations are met with mediocre execution. But then again, this one is helmed by director Vijay Krishna Acharya whose filmography includes visually compelling-yet-hollow films such as Tashan and Dhoom 3.

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  • ...it is ultimately too tacky and unconvincing to lay legitimate claims to being India's answer to Pirates of the Caribbean. It isn't even a poor copy.

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  • The problem with Thugs Of Hindostan is that it’s too long by modern standards. What could have been a crisp adventure drags on and on.

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  • ...scuttled by its ineptitude and palpable disinterest in approaching the freedom struggle with fresh eyes.

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  • Undeniably, majestic movie experiences are created by filmmakers and in this one, Acharya makes a fatal mistake- he takes his audience for granted. No wonder, Thugs doesn't rise above being an absolute snoozefest.

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  • Like previous works, which include Tashan and Dhoom 3, Acharya’s Thugs of Hindostan is big but hollow.

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  • The plot is formulaic, while the screenplay is riddled with cinematic liberties.

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  • ...for the most part Thugs of Hindostan is a humourless, solemn affair.

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  • Khan, on the other hand, crackles, pops and sparkles as a swashbuckling scoundrel. The writing of his character and his performance are the only reasons why Thugs of Hindostan does not turn out to be a stylishly produced but disastrously dreary repeat of Acharya’s first film, Tashan.

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  • By the end of Thugs of Hindostan audiences will feel they have been looted of their time and denied the joy of watching two talented stars, Bachchan and Khan, come together for the first time.

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  • ...after sending the pesky writers on long leave, they proceed to throw cash at the the art director, the CGI team, the costume wallas, the extras, the star’s hair stylist, colourist, the carpenters… anything and everything except the story, the dialogue, the writing.

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  • A dull attempt at a masala potboiler that hopes star power will trump the script.

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  • ...the generous audience who had made Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Yash Raj films stand high due to their undying love will still make Thugs Of Hindostan earn money but this time with a cautious warning that audience cannot be taken for granted and a better understanding of quality when such big names are involved is the need of the hour.

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  • ...you are left struggling with staleness and boredom.

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  • This attempt to pirate the Caribbean franchise fails so badly, it does not blow up, the audience kicks itself to death.

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  • ...is 1980s schlock at its most forgettable. Every single gesture, smile and betrayal of this 164-minutes long drag is done-to-death predictable.

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  • Tame, dull and listless, the film lacks any distinct personality and attitude of its own.

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  • It prioritises size over smarts, set-pieces over the script.

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