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Thugs of Hindostan is an upcoming 2018 Indian epic Hindi-language action-adventure film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. It is based on Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug, and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.[1] It is set to be released during Diwali on 7 November 2018.[2]

Thugs of Hindostan
The image features film's title and credits.
Theatrical first look
Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by Vijay Krishna Acharya
Based on Confessions of a Thug
by Philip Meadows Taylor
Music by Ajay-Atul
Cinematography Manush Nandan
Edited by Namrata Rao
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 7 November 2018 (2018-11-07)
Country India
Language Hindi



The film's plot is based on Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug,[3][4] about a thug (also known as a thuggee) called Ameer Ali, whose gang of thugs posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India during the early 19th century.[3] The film tells a fictional story set between 1790 and 1805.[5]



The film's production budget is 210 crore (US$31 million), making it the most expensive Yash Raj Films productions, along with Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).[8][9] Filming commenced on 5 June 2017 in Malta. The film will be shot in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.[10] It is also being shot in Thailand.[11] The film's climax will be filmed in Rajasthan.[12]

Amitabh Bachchan suffered with neck and back pain due to the heavy clothing and stunts in the film.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

This is Khan's second time collaborating with Vijay Krishna Acharya and Katrina Kaif, after Dhoom 3 (2013).[19] The film will have a dance sequence featuring Bachchan, choreographed by Prabhu Deva.[20] It will also reportedly feature sea battles similar to ones seen in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean.[3]

Jackie Shroff was to be a part of the film, but had to turn the role down due to conflicting commitments.[21]


It is scheduled to release on 7 November 2018.


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  6. ^ "I don't have scenes with Aamir Khan: Thugs of Hindostan actor Ronit Roy". The Indian Express. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
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  9. ^ "Is 'Tiger Zinda Hai' YRF's costliest film?". Republic World. 8 November 2017. 
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  11. ^ "Thugs Of Hindostan: After Mumbai and Malta, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Fatima Sana Shaikh shoot in Thailand". The Indian Express. 6 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Aamir Khan to shoot 'Thugs of Hindostan' climax in Rajasthan | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  13. ^ Goyal, Divya (14 March 2018). "An Update On Amitabh Bachchan's Viral Thugs Of Hindostan 'Look' And Health". Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  14. ^ HT Correspondent (14 March 2018). "Amitabh Bachchan resumes Thugs of Hindostan shoot, tweets illness helped him find out who his 'dear ones' are". Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  15. ^ IANS (14 March 2018). "Heavy costumes for 'Thugs of Hindostan' take toll on Amitabh Bachchan's health". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  16. ^ India TV Entertainment Desk (14 March 2018). "Amitabh Bachchan's health: I am fine, says the Thugs Of Hindostan star". Delhi. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  17. ^ "From Coolie to Thugs Of Hindostan: When Big B's health left the nation worried". 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  18. ^ DNA Web Team (13 March 2018). "Amitabh Bachchan to resume 'Thugs Of Hindostan' shoot, gets go-ahead from doctors". Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan's leaked look from Thugs Of Hindostan is fierce & extremely intimidating". Times Now. 27 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Prabhu Deva Choreographs Amitabh Bachchan for a Song". CNN-News18. 29 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "Oh no! Jackie Shroff let go of Aamir Khan's Thugs Of Hindostan for this movie?". 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-03-07. 

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