Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Thugs of Hindostan has slowed its pace at the box office in the second week of its release. After earning a mind-boggling Rs 50.75 crore on its opening day, the film starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in pivotal roles, earned Rs 1.25 crore on its ninth day, according to Bollywood Hungama. Thugs of Hindostan’s total now stands at Rs 141.65 crore.
While the movie has managed to mint impressive numbers at the box office, it didn’t exactly strike a chord with the reviewers. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the movie one star in her review, calling it a “thuggery on a large scale.”
“There are sword-fights on land and sea. Bows are strung and guns are cocked. The Brits are red-faced and venomous, except a token fellow who discovers goodness at a crucial moment. There are stagey, talky face-offs between Bachchan and Khan, and trying-to-be-kindling glances between Khan and Shaikh, and Kaif in jaw-dropping shake-it-shake-it mode, armed with a trademark risible dialogue. No, her name is not Sheela. The only one having a blast is Aamir Khan’s Awadhi thug in his carroty curls and soorma-ringed eyes. He vamps it up madly, grinning widely: the act’s not new but some of it is infectious, and bearable. Just about. The rest of it is a non-stop combo of eye-roll-and-eye-glaze,” read a section of her review.
What has likely worked in Thugs of Hindostan’s favour is the fact that it released around Diwali, and of course, having a star cast with big names certainly helped its case. However, it remains to be seen how quickly the movie will mark its place in the coveted Rs 200 crore club.