Thugs Review & Ratings | Hit Or Flop?

Thugs Review: We have previously seen many dance choreographers turning into directors and somehow entertained audience to some extent with their directorial movies. A new name is added to the list of directors who earlier used to be a dance choreographer and it is none other than Brinda. Brinda has already directed a movie titled “Hey Sinamika!” that failed terribly at the box-office.

She has now come with a new movie titled “Thugs” starring Hridhu Haroon and Bobby Simha in the lead roles. This movie has released in the theatres today. Let us get into the detailed review of this movie to know if Brinda is successful in entertaining the audience with her second attempt as a director.

Table of Contents


Sethu is an orphan, who has been accused for a murder case, meets new people (Durai and others) in the jail and forms a gang. Sethu plans to escape from the jail with the help of his friends in the jail. But few people destroys his plans. Why did Sethu trapped in a murder case, what is his backstory and what happened inside a jail, is what forms the rest of the story.

Cast & Crew

Thugs movie stars Hridhu Haroon in the lead role, while Bobby Simha, RK Suresh, Munishkanth, Anaswara Rajan, Sarath Appani, PL Thenappan played other prominent roles in the movie.

Thugs movie is directed by Brinda. This movie is produced by Riya Shibu, Mumthas M under HR pictures banner in association with Jio Studios. Music of this movie is composed by Sam CS and cinematography is handled by Priyesh Gurusamy. Editing of this movie is taken care by Praveen Antony.

Movie NameThugs
Music DirectorSam CS
ProducerRiya Shibu, Mumthas M
GenreAction, Thriller
CastHridhu Haroon, Bobby Simha, RK Suresh, Munishkanth, Anaswara Rajan
Cinematography Priyesh Gurusamy


Dance Choreographer who earlier directed movies have debuted with some light hearted movies and later on continued to make some commercial movies. Director Brinda also started her movie with a light hearted romantic drama movie “Hey Sinamaka” and now has delivered a pure mass masala entertaining commercial movie. Makers should have informed the media that movie is a remake of super hit Malayalam movie “Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil” before the release.

Thugs movie has the plot that can connect with the mass audience and the back stories for all main characters in the movie were well written. Movie looks interesting in the starting portions with the introduction of main characters, but slows down after few minutes with some regular scenes in the jail. Interval block of the movie looks okay and second half narration feels draggy despite few good scenes and ends with a satisfactory climax.

While it comes to acting performances, Hridhu Haroon is making his debut in Tamil/Telugu with this movie, but he looked professional. He has to churn up his acting skills a lot more to make a special place among a lot of talented actors in the film industry. Bobby Simha is a gifted actor and when it comes to playing a mass character he looks more natural. Anaswara Rajan was decent in her limited character. Munishkanth, RK Suresh and all other actors did their part as required for the characters.

Technically Thugs movie looks okay. Songs composed by Sam CS are not so special and memorable, but the background music is one of the plus points in the movie. Cinematography by Priyesh Gurusamy is another highlight in the movie and hi visuals will make us to travel into the world of “Thugs”. Editing could have been better, if few scenes were trimmed. Production values are okay.

Director Brinda tried to deliver a mass commercial entertainer with raw characterizations this time and she is successful to some extent. But she could have chosen an original script instead of remaking a hit movie.

Overall, Thugs is a good action thriller that has all the elements to entertain the mass audience in the theatres.

Plus Points:

  • Cinematography
  • Background Music
  • Bobby Simha

Minus Points:

  • Screenplay
  • Dragged Scenes

Rating: 2.75/5

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Bhargav Reddy

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