6 most expensive films in India

Indian films are enjoyed by the huge fan base throughout the country and even in countries world wide. Films not only consists of mind-blowing plot and super-skilled actors but also latest technologies, VFX techniques and Autonomous drones which of course costs a fortune. The budget of the films have increased due to the use of latest techniques. Viewers are attracted through these technologies and demand more of these, you must have seen Prabhas’s fearless acting and surreal visuals with the use of VFX in Bahubali: The Conclusion. More the visual experience, more money is spent on it.

Let’s look out at few of the most expensive films made till date:

  1. Mughal-e-Azam
Mughal-E-Azam 1960, directed by K Asif | Film review
A still from Mughal-e-Azam (Source: Google)

Directed by: K. Asif

Budget: estimated 1.5 crore (15 million)

Year: 1960

You must have heard the famous track ‘Jab Pyaar Kiya toh darna kyaa, jab pyaar kiya toh darna kya…..’ this beautiful melody is from this epic historical film which was released on 5th August 1960. It starred Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Durga Khote and Dilip Kumar showcasing the love story of Salim (The Mughal prince) and Anarkali (A Court Dancer). Emperor Akbar (Salim’s Father) denies their relationship which leads to conflict between father and son. It had a total of 12 songs. The film was a major hit of that time period, it was also the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. They earned Rs 4 million in the first week of its release and net revenue of Rs 55 million.

2. Ra-one

Ra. One (2011) - Moria
A Still from Ra. One (Source: Google)

Directed by: Anubhav Sinha

Budget: ₹130-150 crore

Year: 2011

A superhero film starring King Khan- Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Rampal. In the film the modern age ‘Raavan’ or ‘Ra-one’ is shown, how according to Hindu mythology Good defeats the evil- same way ‘G-one’ defeats ‘Ra-one’ in the film in the new world. In the Film Shekhar Subramanium (Shah Rukh Khan) who is a game designer creates a game in which the villain (Ra-one) is more powerful than the hero (G-one). Then the Ra-one (Arjun Rampal) escapes the game world and finds lucifer which was the game ID of Shekhar’s Son Prateek (Armaan Verma) to kill him as he was the only player who challenged his abilities. In order to defeat Ra-one Prateek brings G-one from the virtual world to get rid of Ra-one and protect his family. The film was the most expensive at the time of release surpassing the budget of Enthiran- 2010 Tamil Film of Rs 132 Crore. Ra-one received both positive and negative review from critics. The visuals from the film were praised across the globe and received technological success. Allegations on the film were about plagiarism and was said that it lacked originality. Even though Ra. One received several nominations and awards for the technical and visual effects.

3. Dhoom-3

Dhoom 3 best scene | Aamir khan, Dhoom 3, Khan
A Still from Dhoom 3 (Source: Google)

Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya

Budget: ₹175 crore

Year: 2013

Dhoom-3 is an action thriller film, sequel of Dhoom (2004) and Dhoom-2 (2006) starring Aamir khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif. Aamir khan plays dual role in the film as Sahir and Samar, twins who are determined to take revenge against the Western Bank of Chicago for their late father (Jackie Shroff). Jai (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra) are called from India to work the case of robbery. Twins run the Great Indian Circus in Chicago where they pretend to be one than two. Alia (Katrina Kaif) auditions and becomes a part of the circus learns about their strategy. The thrill and actions begin between the police and the robbers. Visuals in the film are must watch and thrilling. It was the first Indian film to be released in the IMAX motion picture film format with Dolby Atmos surround sound. Around Rs 1.25 billion was spent just on the production side of the film.

4. Bahubali 2: The Conclusion

Bahubali 2 Movie Scenes In Tamil - Bali Gates of Heaven
A still From Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (Source: Google)

Directed by: S. S. Rajamouli

Budget: ₹250 crore

Year: 2017

The Epic Indian action film, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty. The film was the most awaited sequel and the answer to the question ‘Kattappa ne Bahubali ko kyun maara?’ of the film Bahubali: The Beginning. The movie has it’s own league and was a blockbuster film. The film shows the sibling rivalry between Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallaladeva for Kingdom. Bhallaladeva who later conspires against Bahubali with his father and gets him killed by Kapttapa. Years later, Amarendra’s son returns and takes the revenge for his father and prisoned mother by killing Bhallaladeva. On the first day of its released it grossed ₹1.526 billion in India. The film earned around Rs 8 billion in the first week of its release. The film also received a huge response from critics and audience and was nominated and won several awards.

5. Saaho

Saaho' teaser: Prabhas-Shraddha Kapoor starrer is high on action and a  treat to their die-hard fans
Scenes from Saaho (Source: Google)

Directed by: Sujeeth

Budget: ₹350 crore

Year: 2019

Saaho is an action thriller film, starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. The film was full of action and takes you through twists and turns of the story. Reviews from the critics stated that it is full of stunts and lacked proper story. It received less ratings and was also said as a ‘350-crore Disaster’. Even though the film made Rs 130 crore on its opening day. But lesser than Prabhas’s previous film Bahubali 2: The Conclusion. The visuals of the film were appreciated not the script.

6. 2.0

2.0 Teaser Highlights: 5 Best Things About This Rajinikanth – Akshay  Kumar's Film | India.com
A Still from 2.0 (Source: Google)

Directed by: S. Shankar

Budget: ₹570 crore

Year: 2018

2.0 is a Tamil Science action film starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson. It is a sequel to the Tamil film Enthiran in 2010. The film is the continuation of the conflict of Chitti, the dismantled robot and Pakshi Jain who commits suicide returns to seeks revenge on mankind for harming birds with mobile phone radiation. Chitti there stands in his way and defeats him. The film is the most technically advanced ever made in Indian cinema. The VFX and Graphics steal the show. 2.0 is the most expensive film till today in India. The film crossed Rs 520 crore in the first week of its release. It’s the second-highest grossing film in India and fifth-highest film all over the world. The film received positive response from critics and viewers throughout the country and across the globe. The money spent on making this blockbuster film was definitely paid off.

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