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Aamir Khan relies on Rancho to calm him down before Thugs of Hindostan. Here’s how

With only two months to go for his new film, Thugs of Hindostan, star Aamir Khan is finding innovative ways to calm himself down.

bollywood Updated: Sep 07, 2018 11:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan attends the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference in Mumbai.(AFP)

Aamir Khan has devised a neat trick to quell his anxiety for his new film, Thugs of Hindostan, which is just two months away from release. At a recent press meet, the actor said that all he has to do to calm himself down is to remember the mantra spoken by his character Rancho from 3 Idiots.

“Just two months are left for my film, and I am already nervous. After I did 3 Idiots, I got a solution which helps you in little ways... Put your right hand on your heart and say, ‘All is well’,” said Aamir, according to a Mid-Day report.

Aamir will star opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif in the Yash Raj film, reportedly budgeted at Rs 300 crore and set to feature action on an unprecedented scale in Bollywood. “I have been a huge, huge fan of Mr Bachchan all along. The first day of rehearsals when we were sitting and reading scenes was a fanboy moment for me,” Aamir, who has delivered some of Hindi cinema’s biggest hits in Dangal, 3 Idiots and PK, said.

Details about Thugs have been hard to come by. Aamir in an interview to South China Morning Post spoke about his character in the film: “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.”

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who also directed Aamir in Dhoom 3, the film’s action has been compared to that of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The film has been shot aboard ships, too.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan speaks at the 5th Screenwriters Conference, in Mumbai. ( PTI )

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 mammoth 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 (in Europe). 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.”

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First Published: Sep 07, 2018 11:07 IST

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