Sidharth Tanmoy Dash

After a week of the release of motion posters showcasing the star cast- Amitabh Bacchan, Amir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif and British actor Lloyed Owen; the much awaited trailer of Thugs of Hindostan was released today to an overwhelming response from fans.

The movie which was making headlines from the day of its announcement, finally gave the audience a sneak peek into the larger-than-life storyline both written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.

The trailer takes us back in time to 1795 when the East India Company was at the helm of affairs in India, but a band of thugs give them a tough challenge. Amitabh Bacchan as Khudabaksh is the leader of the gang, who is assisted by able and dedicated lieutenant Zafira (Sana Shaikh). Ruling the seas with their mighty ships, armed with swords, bow and arrows and cannons, the plucky lot lock horns with the technologically advanced British soldiers.

Though fans speculate the movie to be based on author Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel 'Confessions of a Thug'; today in an interview to IANS, the director silenced all such rumours saying "The film is not based on any book. I think it is because of the common word 'thug' people assumed that the film is based on the book that was written a long time ago. But there is no connection between the two."

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He said this period film is different from what the Indian audience has witnessed till now.

"So far, period films that we have made have been very revolutionary period films. I thought maybe we should have a film with a character which is not so noble and virtuous. I think it is hard to get people to the theatre and if the film is a spectacle, they will come to the theatre."

(With inputs from IANS)