Thugs of Hindostan is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language epic action-adventure film. It is written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. Produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Lloyd Owen. 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 ₹300 crore (US$42 million), Thugs of Hindostan is 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, after Dhoom 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[a] festival, on 8 November 2018. It received average to poor reviews from film critics. While the performances of Khan and Bachchan attracted praise, whereas Acharya’s direction and screenplay received criticism.
The film tells a historical fiction story set in 1795, when the Indian subcontinent was known as Hindustan or Hindostan. Where Indian bandits known as Thugs (from the Hindustani word “thug”) posed a serious challenge to the expanding British East India Company which had seized control of large parts of India.The film follows a band of Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan), who poses a grave threat to the British East India Company as he aspires to free the country from the British. Alarmed, John Clive (Lloyd Owen), a British commander, sends Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan), a small-time Thug from Awadh, to infiltrate and counter the threat.
Amitabh Bachchan as Khudabaksh Azaad, a commander of the Thugs
Aamir Khan as Firangi Mallah, a small-time Thug from Awadh
Katrina Kaif as Suraiyya, a dancer and performer
Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira Baig, a warrior-archer Thug
Lloyd Owen as John Clive, a ruthless British East India Company officer
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Shanichar, Firangi’s Friend
Ronit Roy as Mirza Sikander Baig
Abdul Quadir Amin as Azhar Ali