Aamir Khan-starrer Thugs of Hindostan may not have done well at the box office in India and abroad, but the film is finding a great deal of attention in the neighbouring country, Pakistan. On Sunday, the film became a source of huge political point-scoring in Pakistan after the country’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the reports of a possible alliance between the opposition PML-N and PPP was like Thugs of Pakistan.
Chaudhry said that the the two parties coming together did not scare the ruling Tehreek-e-Insaaf party headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Talking to reporters, Chaudhry said that while the Bollywood movie had performed badly in cinemas, Thugs of Pakistan would prove to be an even bigger failure.
Chaudhry took a jibe at PPP leader and former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N supremo and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying that their political career had ended. He said, “This is the last segment of the film of 1985 politics.” Both Zardari and Sharif are accused of corruption while holding the top offices.
Chaudhry’s Thugs of Pakistan jibe found plenty of support on social media among Pakistani users on Sunday as the topic trended for hours internationally.
— Nabeel Chaudhry (@chaudhry_nabeel) December 23, 2018
Panama case investigation had 10 volumes but fake accounts case involving Rs. 375 billion/ has 7,500 pages & happens to be way more dangerous than Panama case. #ThugsOfPakistan pic.twitter.com/aTK0UDvHVy
— Jahan Zaib Virk (@jahan_virk) December 23, 2018
Pic 1:Cheif justice right now(Mera inteqam dekhaga)
Pic 2:PMLN right now (Sanu ek pal chain na awa…)
Pic 3:PTI right now(Thugs of Pakistan ki heroine kon hogi?)
Pic 4:MQM right now(Sanu ki.) #ThugsOfPakistan #NawazShairf #WelcomeBackMaryamNawaz pic.twitter.com/ungALVxZIN
— Moiز Tweets (@MoizManan10) December 24, 2018
— Be Like Charsi Munda (@BeCharsiMunda) December 24, 2018
— Sardar Irfan Anwar (@SardarIrfanPTI) December 24, 2018
Thugs of Hindostan had dominated the political conversation even in India during the run up to assembly elections in Madfhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. BJP’s Sambit Patra had courted a controversy after he called the members of Nehru-Gandhi family Thugs of Hindostan. The social media head of the Congress, Divya Spandana, too had used Thugs of Hindostan jibe for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.