Yash Raj Films has officially kicked off promotions for their much awaited and ambitious project, Thugs of Hindostan. On Monday, they officially released the logo for the film and announced the release date. The promo is one minute and 16 seconds long and gives a sense of the epic scale of the film. Starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif, Thugs of Hindostan has officially been slated for a November 8 release.
Thugs of Hindostan has been budgeted at approximately Rs 300 crore. “Thugs of Hindostan is a big action-adventure film. There’s no message in that. I am playing a character who cannot be trusted at all – [so it’s the] very opposite of Dangal … He’s a very slippery character. He has no scruples at all – for money he can sell his mother out. He’s like that,” Aamir earlier told South China Morning Post about the film.
The plot of the film is based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s novel Confessions of a Thug and the cult of the Thuggee. Aamir Khan plays the role of Ameer Ali, the main character of the novel. The film is set for a Diwali release and the makers claim it “will be the biggest release that Bollywood has ever seen” and “promises to deliver a never-seen-before cinematic experience on the big screen.”
Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who also directed Aamir in Dhoom 3, the film has been shot aboard ships, too. Said an insider, “Since sea and ships play an integral part in the plot, Aamir as well as producer Aditya Chopra were sure that they would go all out to present the biggest spectacle that Hindi cinema has ever witnessed. The film’s budgets are yet to be ascertained, but the cost for the two ships easily runs into several crores.”
That’s how two ships — weighing two lakh kilos — were built by over 1,000 people, including international designers and ship makers. “It took over a year to build these two ships off the coast of Malta. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya wanted to go the whole hog in terms of scale and create a huge visual experience. Authenticity and aesthetics have both been kept in mind given the fact that it’s a period film.”