Monday, October 8, 2018

This Diwali — Thugs Of Hindostan (Updated)

As any regular readers are well aware, we're really into Bollywood movies at our house. In addition to the fun of finding a whole new sort of movie experience, we recently realized that we've gradually been educated more about Indian culture and attitudes. (All are reviewed under the Bollywood link above.)
  • Ek Tha Tiger taught us that the Indians feel about Pakistan the way we felt about the USSR in James Bond movies.
  • Chak De! India taught us that the Indians struggle to put national unity above regional identity.
  • English Vinglish showed us how Indians felt about the American immigration experience. And about the importance placed on speaking English in India.
  • Aiyyaa (not reviewed) gave us a glimpse of the Hindi ideas of Tamil culture.
  • Dhoom 3 showed us that no villain is worse than a bank. Ever.
Recently Rose began looking into top grossing Indian films to supplement her Top 100 Bollywood movies list from which we'd been drawing. This is when we realized that Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights, which is a national holiday) is the time to release your big blockbusters. So many trailers have "This Diwali!" as the release time.

And, luckily, this Diwali (early November) is coming a movie for which I've been waiting. Yes, we've finally come that far. We can eagerly anticipate movie openings.

The director of Tashan and Dhoom 3 teamed with  some of our favorite stars, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif, to give us what looks like an amazing historical romp set in the time of the Raj. I know I've never seen Aamir Khan looking like this (the rascally scoundrel).

Check out the trailer (it has captions, in case they don't come on automatically).

Thugs Of Hindostan - Official Trailer
Amitabh Bachchan | Aamir Khan | Katrina Kaif
Set in 1795, the film follows a band of Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad, who aspires to free Hindostan (the Indian subcontinent) from the rule of the expanding British East India Company. Alarmed, British commander John Clive sends a small-time Thug from Awadh, Firangi Mallah, to infiltrate and counter the threat.
This may wind up being the first Indian movie we actually go to a theater to watch! There are some theaters north of us with a large Indian community where English subtitled films can be seen. Can't wait!

We did go see this at the theater and enjoyed it enormously. It was a big spectacle and we loved it.


  1. Interesting. Hinduism is very baffling to me. At my work there are both Hindus and Muslims and I sense they really don't care for each other.

    1. But I bet they all like the same movies. :-)

      Interestingly, there are so many different languages in India that it is common for a Tamil movie to be remade as a Hindi or Talugu movie, sometimes with some of the same stars but all in the other language.

    2. Also, this may have seemed misleading if you didn't watch the trailer - Hindostan means "India." It has nothing to do with the Hindu faith.

    3. It was a heck of a cool trailer. And that old man can move pretty good for an old man. I'm probably twenty years younger and I can't move like that any longer. :)

    4. It seems to be a Bollywood requirement that the stars are lithe, well conditioned and excellent dancers — no matter what their age! It's part of what makes the movies so much fun. :-)