Thugs Movie Review
Choreographer Brinda embarked on her directorial venture with the film ‘Hey Sinamika’, a remake of Argentine movie ‘A Boyfriend of Mine’. It looks like the producers felt that she would the right choice for remake projects. Her second outing ‘Thugs’, a remake of Malayalam movie titled ‘Swathandrayam Ardarathriyil’ that features Antony Varghese in the lead role. This remake version features newcomer Hridhu Haroon, son of producer Shibu Thameens, Bobby Simha, Munishkanth, RK Suresh, Anaswara Rajan and others in the star cast.
The film is about a bunch of jail inmates planning for a prison breakout, which is almost an impossible mission as a cruel and strict officer Jail superintendent (RK Suresh) is in control of entire prison.
To start off with, the entire team has worked a lot on recreating the same impression of original version, but somewhere, we miss the realistic and rustic shades of it. But that doesn’t mean, the film lacks the punch, it does create a decent impact. Technicians are the main pillars of this film, and Brinda and producers deserve special mention for neat selection of technicians. Few action sequences have some superficial moments, but then, the climax one is appreciable. The casting of actors is yet another major highlight. Yes, the film has a content that has potential to click well among all the audiences with a A or B League of actors in the industry, but then, Brinda has done a commendable job with these handful of artistes.
All the characters get equal prominence. Newcomer Hridhu Haroon has exerted a lot of effort, and has a charismatic screen presence as well. Bobby Simha as a man of few words gives a decent show. The twin actors Arun and Aravind have got good roles to perform and have done an appreciable work. Munishkanth appear in a serious role, and he too delivers what is required from his role.
The BGM by Sam CS offers elevation to the film, and editing is perfectly done. The romantic episodes between Hridhu and Anaswara Rajan lack the emotional punch, and if the writing was done with more intensity, it would have added more value.
Overall, Thugs is a decent attempt from the entire team. Be it technical department or performance of actors, the film doesn’t have many drawbacks.
Thugs Movie Review
Verdict: The ‘Thugs’ keeps us engrossed in places. An appreciable attempt to remake a gripping hit by the team is worth watchable.