Hop­ing to shat­ter the box of­fice this Di­wali

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THERE are pre­dic­tions that the big Di­wali re­lease for this year, Thugs of Hin­dostan, is set to cre­ate his­tory at the box of­fice and shat­ter nu­mer­ous records. We de­cided to bring you 10 in­ter­est­ing facts about this ea­gerly awaited block­buster that is set to be the big­gest en­ter­tainer of the year.

● The movie marks the his­toric cast­ing of two of the great­est le­gends of In­dian cin­ema – Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan – who team up for the first time. There were plans to fea­ture in a movie ti­tled Rishtey more than two decades ago, but that project was sadly shelved. The two pow­er­house ac­tors have trained in dif­fer­ent ac­tion forms to get their scenes to per­fec­tion.

● Thugs of Hin­dostan is pro­duced by Yash Raj Pic­tures and di­rected by Vi­jay Kr­ishna Acharya. It’s the same com­bi­na­tion that also de­liv­ered the block­buster Dhoom 3, that also fea­tured Khan and Ka­t­rina Kaif in lead roles.

● Bachchan plays the role of free­dom fighter Khud­abaksh, while Khan plays the de­vi­ous Fi­rangi Malla. Dan­gal de­but ac­tress Fa­tima Sana Sheikh plays the war­rior Zafira. Kaif plays the dancer Su­raiyya.

● Set in the year 1975, this Di­wali en­ter­tainer traces the grand ad­ven­ture fac­ing a group of thugs who seek free­dom from the Bri­tish rule. Shoot­ing for the movie moved from In­dia to Malta, and to the rain­for­est of Thai­land.

● While two huge ships were spe­cially con­structed for the movie, they were con­sid­ered to be among the lead “char­ac­ters”. The two ships have been built with an in­ter­na­tional team in keep­ing with the style from the 18th cen­tury. More than 1 000 peo­ple worked on the con­struc­tion.

● The movie is ap­par­ently in­spired by Philip Mead­ows Tay­lor’s novel Con­fes­sions of a Thug that was pub­lished in 1839. Di­rec­tor Acharya de­nied tak­ing any in­spi­ra­tion from the novel, claim­ing the movie was a work of fic­tion.

● Known to be a per­fec­tion­ist, Khan pierced his nose and ears to give his char­ac­ter an au­then­tic look. There are ru­mours that his role was first of­fered to Hrithik Roshan.

● The trailer was re­leased on Septem­ber 27 to co­in­cide with the birth­day of the late leg­endary film­maker, Yash Cho­pra, the founder of Yash Raj Pro­duc­tions. Within 24 hours, the trailer ex­ceeded the 30 mil­lion view mark on YouTube.

● De­scribed as a vis­ual spec­ta­cle, the movie will re­lease in IMAX and 3D for­mat, and is ru­moured to be the most costly Bol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion – with an es­ti­mated bud­get of $42 mil­lion. The movie will re­lease in Hindi, Tamil and Tel­ugu.

● Fresh from the suc­cess of Dhadak, mu­sic com­posers Ajay-Atul have cre­ated the sound­track, which in­cludes the cur­rent block­buster Su­raiyya.

The highly ac­claimed Prab­hudeva has han­dled some of the elec­tri­fy­ing chore­og­ra­phy.

Un­til next week, Happy Di­wali and here’s a re­minder to book your tick­ets in ad­vance!

● Bunseelal is the founder of Star At­trac­tion and the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Col­ors TV in South Africa. He is also a movie critic and pre­sen­ter of the Break­fast Show on East­wave Ra­dio. Write to him at info@starat­trac­tion.co.za

THUGS of Hin­dus­tan

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