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Aamir Khan’s ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ Sold to China (EXCLUSIVE)

 By PATRICK FRATER

Chinese distributor Estars Films has acquired rights to upcoming Indian epic movie “Thugs of Hindostan.” The film is a 18th century-set story of rebellion against British rule of India.

The film has an all-star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Lloyd Owen. Crucially for the Chinese audience, the film also features Aamir Khan, the Indian superstar who has starred in three titles that have broken records in China.

The budget has been reported as $42 million, making it one of the most expensive in Indian history.

Estars has been the most significant importer of Indian movies into China, previously handling “Baahubali,” “Secret Superstar” and “Dangal.”

“Thugs” was produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Vijay Krishna Archarya. “Thugs” would also be the third film from YRF to be released in China following “Sultan” and “Hiccup” (aka “Hichki”), which is currently in theaters and has earned $16.5 million in its first 17 days of release.