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Thugs of Hindostan: Visual Saga without Soul

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Star Rating: 2 out of 5

Utter nonsense, so disappointing, unbelievably bad. These are the words that come to your mind when you are walking out of cinema after long 2 hours and 44 minutes of watching Thugs of Hindostan. When the expectations are too high the level of dissatisfaction is even deeper and this is exactly what happens with TOH. Visually astounding the storyline is lacks soul that even mega stars can’t save it.

The writer and director, Vijay Krishna Acharya did exactly what he does in Dhoom 3 i.e. mixing The Prestige and Now You See Me, to create an Indian mixer of film.

Thugs of Hindostan is the story of a rebel group who were fighting against the British East India Company. The film set in the year 1795 AD is about a Kingdom called Ronaq Pur which is ruled by generous king (Ronit Roy) who secretly trying to build an army against the East India Company in India. Using deceitful mean Clive, the villain (Lloyd Owen) takes over the kingdom by killing kills the king and queen and their son, only Zafira (Fatima Sheikh) rescued by their obedient and brave servant Khudabukhsh (Amitabh Bacchan). After 11 years, Khudabakash and Zafira, with their gang (now considered thugs) started an uprising against the East India Company rule and manage to create significant unrest in the lives of the Britishers. Running short of options, Clive seeks help from Firangi Malla (Aamir Khan) to trace the whereabouts of Khudabaksh and his rebellious army. Dressed in Chameleon colour coat, which tells his devious nature Firangi is a character who almost impossible to trust as according to him it is his second nature by.

From there it is about the chameleon trait of Aamir and whose side he actually is.

To start with, the story has not much to offer, if you are a Bollywood fan and have seen movies of 80s and 90s, it can bring you nostalgia but with a sense of remix, just like we suffered in case of Ko Ko Korina. The characters were borrowed from different films not only from Hollywood but from Bollywood films as well.

Amitabh Bacchan’s character of Khudabukhsh was an amalgamation of Katappa from Bahu Bali, his own films Khuda Gawah etc. Even the name Azaad will remind you of his film Mard in which his father name was Azaad because the looks were quite similar. Fatima Sana Sheikh character Zafira’s was borrowed from Hunger Games Katnis Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence. Amir Khan character himself was highly inspired (read copied) from Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Aamir ostentatious performance was shackled by weak script as he tries to be funny but he was obviously trying too hard. Amitabh Bachchan delivers what is expected from him a powerful performance transcends. Fatima Sana Shaikh fails to leave any significant mark.

And Katrina Kaif character was more like of a cameo with two songs and a few sequences. However, she can still pull quite a large crowd for her 2 hot, sassy item songs, and voluptuous entry sequence.

Ronit Roy cameo was just so and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub fails to impress perhaps because of bad script. To be a great hero you need a big villain, and unfortunately, Lloyd Owen as John Clive was unable to give the big villainous feel.

In another words Thugs of Hindostan, is a very average film, however just like Dhoom 3 it may do well in India not because of acting but because an English General Clive is defeated by the Indians, the hyper unrealistic portrayal certainly shows the hidden desires of the people of subcontinent.

In the end Amir Khan was sailing to England to take revenge also hints a sequel.

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Bilal Ashraf named most sexiest Pakistani man

The sizzling topless number dharak bharak in Superstar hands Bilal the title of sexiest Pakistani man of 2019

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The British Asian publication Eastern Eye names Bilal Ashraf sexiest Pakistani man of 2019. Bilal Ashraf is the only Pakistani actor who makes it into the top 10 of this list based on votes from fans around the world, buzz generated on social networking sites, positive impact, and media attention.

Bilal Ashraf worked hard for Superstar

Speaking exclusively to Daily Paperrazzi Bilal Ashraf was overwhlemed. In his choked up voice  he tried to remain humbled, “I am beyond humbled to be featured as part of a list among such legendary gentlemen.”

Bilal Ashraf expressed his surprised and said he wasn’t expecting this at all. “This has come to me as a surprise and such moments make the struggle and commitment we all put into our work all worth the while. This encourages me to try my best to further myself in my field. I’m extremely grateful.” he added.

This rounds off a great year for the actor, which included a lead role opposite great Mahira Khan in blockbuster film Superstar. Ashraf’s films released so far include Operation 021, Janaan, Yalghar, Rangreza and Superstar.

Bilal Ashraf and Mahira Khan the Superstar onscreen couple of Pakistan

British Pakistani showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and compiles it annually, praised Bilal and described him as the future of Pakistani cinema. “Pakistani cinema is on the rise globally and that is thanks to a new generation of world-class actors like Bilal. He will lead a future generation of cinema stars that will ultimately help empower his country and inspire others living there,” said Asjad Nazir speaking to the local publication.

Tiger Shroff entered the top 10 for the first time and came in fourth. Pop superstar Zayn Malik came in fifth and TV star Harshad Chopda was ranked sixth. The rest of the top 10 for 2019 were actor Mohsin Khan (8), cricketer Virat Kohli (9), and South Indian superstar Prabhas (10).

 

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We got up close and personal with one of Lahore’s top actors Azfar Rehman to see what tickles his fancy!

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SRK to play Mufasa in Disney’s dubbed Lion King remake

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Indian actor Shahrukh Khan is known as the “King of Bollywood”, but soon the superstar will be playing the king of the jungle, as he has landed the role of a lifetime. He will lend his voice for Disney’s #TheLionKing remake, dubbed in Hindi.

Khan will be playing the role of Mufasa in the film, leaving us with the question: Who will be playing the role of Simba?

Social media users were pleased to know that the iconic father-son duo, would be played by an “equally iconic” real-life father and son duo. Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son, will be filling in Simba’s shoes, or should we say, paws!

The 53-year-old actor shared posters of the movie on Twitter (@iamsrk) and Facebook with a sweet message: “Glad to be a part of this journey… a timeless film. Voicing it in Hindi with my own Simba. The last time we did a film was around 15 years ago and it was ‘Incredible’ and this time around it’s even more fun. Hope everyone enjoys it July 19 onwards. #TheLionKing.”

Aryan Khan has not made his Bollywood debut yet, he has previously voiced the character Dash, in the Hindi version of Disney’s The Incredibles with his father.

On Twitter, Khan’s post was retweeted nearly 4,000 times and had 20,000 likes in just four hours.

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