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Cast of Thugs Of Hindostan discover spicy connection with Malta

Intrigued and interested, Aamir decided to explore Camino Island on foot.

Keyur Seta

Yash Raj Films’ Thugs Of Hindostan is being shot at the rare location of Malta islands in southern Europe. The sland and India are situated in different continents. However, the cast of the film, including Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, found a unique Indian connect with Malta - cumin, locally known as jeera in India, a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine.

Camio, an island situated between the islands of Malta and Gozo, in the Mediterranean Sea, is said to have got its name from cumin, that once flourished there.

A source from the sets said, “Malta is home to Camino Island, a famous spot known for its pristine blue lagoon and visually stunning scenery. While researching locally, Victor (director Vijay Krishna Acharya) found that the name, Camino, actually comes from cumin -  a term to denote Jeera, the Indian spice. In the late medieval era, when sea faring and the spice trade with India had picked up pace with Spain, the Netherlands and rest of Europe, Indian spices were traded at extremely high prices and were sought after.” 

This was enough to intrigue and interest Aamir to explore the place on foot. “As Malta was an outpost for this trade, cumin became a reference point for such trading ships. This unique bit of history intrigued Victor and Aamir a fair bit. Always a history buff, Aamir actually made a trip to this lagoon, a popular local holiday spot, to see it and explore on foot,” added the source. 

Thugs Of Hindostan also stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The film will be released during Diwali in 2018.