Aug 112017

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has wrapped up a tough, demanding schedule for Yash Raj Films’ mega flick ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ at Malta recently, shows what it takes to define professionalism and passion for cinema during this shoot. 

Mr Bachchan had wrapped up his portions and was all set to fly out after an extra day’s work when a shooting pain in his lower back kept growing exponentially. Filming for the action scenes in Malta for Thugs of Hindostan had actually resulted in a minor injury for the mega star. He cracked his upper left rib but continued to work despite excruciating pain. Given that the film’s shoot was working to a tight schedule, he continued to shoot, dealing with this pain. Which is why, on the last day, writer and director of Thugs of Hindostan Vijay Krishna Acharya wanted to avoid shooting given the pain Big B was facing. But instead, Mr Bachchan chose to complete the shoot. “To me, having Mr Bachchan on set, for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ was an extra ordinary experience in itself. I have grown up idolising him and am an absolute fan of his 70s films like ‘Deewar’. That he would have to deal with pain had me worried. I had offered to reschedule the last day’s shoot but he insisted on completing these portions and actually did a fine job! The kind of professional focus, commitment and sheer love for cinema he has is quite unmatched. I am overwhelmed, as is the unit that also worked at 100 percent to make this day’s work easier.”

It was only on his return to Mumbai that an MRI was done on doctor’s orders, and the source of this terrible pain was found. Despite a cracked rib, Amitabh Bachchan continued to focus on the film’s shoot and push himself. Not many in the world of cinema anywhere can match up to his professionalism, one that leaves a lasting impression on his crews forever.

An entertainer that deals with a period of adventure and action on the high seas, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has been partially shot on two massive ships put up on the coast of Malta, Europe. An imaginative journey, this mega flick co-stars Aamir Khan with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time ever and also features Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

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Aug 072017

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A Yash Raj birdie chirps to say that producer Aditya Chopra was apparently not impressed with the rushes of Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs Of Hindostan, which was recently shot in Malta.

He is keen that certain portions of the Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh-starrer be reshot. It is said that a set is being recreated at YRF for the reshoot. But then it’s just a rumour.

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Jul 082017

kat-inset-khansKatrina Kaif may be busy promoting her upcoming film with former lover Ranbir Kapoor, but it’s the opportunity to work with the top three Khans of Bollywood that has her excited and feeling fortunate.

“It’s a coincidence that I am working with all of them around the same time,” says the actor, adding, “I am shooting for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Salman is an amazing co-star to work with. I am comfortable around him. Recently, I wrapped up the shoot for ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ with Aamir in Malta. His approach is meticulous, he is dedicated to his craft. And next is a film with Shah Rukh.”

Putting her failed relationship with Kapoor behind Katrina Kaif, she wishes to now focus on her work. “Over the last year-and-a-half, people have spoken more about my personal life. But I wish that the focus now shifts to my work. It hasn’t been easy to get back to the grind, but I am enjoying it,” she says.

Kaif’s last two Bollywood outings, ‘Fitoor’ and ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ (both 2016), didn’t fare well at the box office, and she doesn’t deny that failure bothers her. “When a film doesn’t do well after all the hard work [you put in], there is heartbreak. It’s not a good feeling. I’d love to experience box office acceptance.”

Jul 042017

Katrina Kaif

When Katrina Kaif joined the team of ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, rumours were rife that she would only have a cameo. But after she travelled to Malta for the film’s first schedule, in between promoting Jagga Jasoos, it was clear that the actress has a major part in the Aamir Khan-starrer.

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A unit hand informs, “Kaif plays a desi warrior princess in the film. Her character is feisty. So far, she hasn’t shot for her action sequences, but there will a bunch of sword fighting stunts. She will be sporting a nose ring, wild loose waves and smokey kohled eyes. Her indo western outfits will be in earthy colours like greyish brown, blue and black. Though they will be inspired by the ghagra-choli, they will be quirkier.”

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