For a long time, the budget of 2.0 has been talked about, with many claiming it to be the most expensive Indian film of all time, beating the combined landing cost of both Baahubali films put together. It’s not surprising, too, given that this Shankar directorial claims to be a visual treat, with almost the entire film made with state-of-the-art VFX, even more than the amount of CGI assistance needed in Baahubali 1 and 2. Plus, the Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer boasts many of VFX artists and other technicians from abroad. And let’s not forget that taking into account all the technicians, both Indian and foreign, the number swells to over 3000, suggesting the sheer amount of blood and sweat that has gone into making 2.0.
However, while all this obviously makes the film India’s costliest yet, not even the most generous of estimates would have prepared us for the actual landing cost. The total production value of 2.0 is a whopping Rs. 543 crore (including the sun allotted for print and marketing that’ll happen later), which is straight 113 crore more than the total budget of Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion. The good things is that Lyca are handing both the production and distribution of the film, which minimizes additional theatrical costs, while the Hindi version distribution rights are with Karan Johar’s Dharma productions on a profit-sharing basis, which again, helps moderate the stakes of recovery to an extent.
Nevertheless, 2.0 needs a bumper opening and a mega-blockbuster run for several weeks both at the Indian and global box-office – quite like the one enjoyed by Baahubali 2 last year – if it has to justify all the money that has been poured into it.
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