A story about one man’s love for his nation and another’s love for power. An epic adventure filled with edge-of-the-seat thrills and war on the seas.
Thugs of Hindostan is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action adventure filmwritten and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan,Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and 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.
Produced on an estimated budget of ₹240 crore (US$35 million), Thugs of Hindostan is one of the most expensive Bollywood film. Initially titled Thug, the film marked the first time Khan and Bachchan featured together as leads, and was the second collaboration between Khan, Acharya and Kaif, afterDhoom 3 (2013). Principal photography commenced on 5 June 2017 in Malta; the film was also shot in Thailand and Mehrangarh. It was put on a short hiatus after Bachchan was injured on set. Filming concluded in March 2018, the final schedule being completed in Rajasthan. The soundtrack was composed by Ajay-Atul, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Thugs of Hindostan was released during the week of the Diwali festival, on 8 November 2018. It received generally negative reviews from Indian critics, with praise towards the performances of Bachchan and Khan, and criticism towards Acharya’s direction and screenplay. The film recorded the highest first-day collection and highest two-day collection for any Hindi film in India, and the fourth biggest opening weekend in India, but immediately experienced a significant drop in the second day itself. The film released in China on 28 December 2018, where a special edition edited by Aamir Khan was released. Thugs of Hindostan has grossed ₹335 crore ($51 million) at the worldwide box office.