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Watch: How the life-size ships of Thugs of Hindostan were built


The fantasy adventure film came alive with help from production design teams in India and Malta.

Sonal Pandya

Thomas Andrews, Master Shipbuilder: "It takes 3 million rivets and a lot of sweat to make a fine ship."

A lot of effort has gone into the production design of writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya's Thugs of Hindostan (2018), including those massive life-size ships where much of the action in the film was centred.

There was much research that went into the construction of the ships, with shipbuilders and engineers who were consulted about the process. Additionally, they had to figure out how the water would interact with the ships for certain sequences.

A tank was built in MFS Studios, Malta for that specific purpose. They had prior experience of these kinds of filming sequences. Carpenters hailing from a village in Malta, known for their boats, were recruited for the construction.

Production designer Sumit Basu says just like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, the two ships are the stars of the adventure film. Aamir Khan even says that the ships could even sail the seas, if needed.

Director Acharya said that from design to construction, it took nearly a year for the ships to be made.

Thugs of Hindostan, also starring Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, is due to be released on 8 November 2018, the Diwali holiday weekend.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video below: