The last decade or so has seen some really big-budget productions across the three major film industries of India – Bollywood, Kollywood, and Tollywood. The dawn of the multiplex era and the perpetually increasing competition from Hollywood has made filmmakers think bigger, resulting in much larger investments for lavish spectacles, especially those arriving on festival weekends and starring huge stars.
Admittedly, not every costly production works, with some of them falling bombing big time at the box-office, resulting in damning losses. But, it’s good to see that visionary Directors are at least getting the required financial support now to bring their imagination alive on screen because when such films work, they give audiences a true cinematic treat to savor for the ages.
As mentioned before that it’s mostly Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu cinema where the big money is flowing in India. However, that doesn’t mean the financial stakes haven’t been raised across other regional industries in the country, too, with filmmakers from Bengali and Assamese to Gujarati and Marathi cinema making movies on larger budgets over the past three to four years. In fact, Malayalam and Kannda films have raised their production costs to much higher levels, and we think the day won’t be far when their budgets may match or at least come close to some of the costliest films in Bollywood, Kollywood, and Tollywood.
So, let’s check out the most expensive Indian films in different languages to date and the years they released in, and what kind of verdict did those huge budgets fetch at the box-office.
(Note: All budgets include print and advertising costs)
|Film||Language||Year||Budget (including P&A)||Box-Office Verdict|
|Kayamkulam Kochunni||Malayalam||2018||45 crore||TBR|
|Chaar Sahibzaade||Punjabi||2014||20 crore||All-Time Blockbuster|
|Amazon Obhijaan||Bengali||2017||20 crore||Blockbuster|
|Lai Bhaari||Marathi||2014||15 crore||Superhit|
|Bey Yaar||Gujarati||2014||2.25 crore||All-Time Blockbuster|
|Mission China||Assamese||2017||2 crore||All-Time Blockbuster|
*(TBR = To be Released)
Let’s see how long it takes before a mega-budget film comes along to knock 2.0 of its top spot, and which language it’ll be in. Also, it’d be interesting to keep a tab on how soon other regional-language films, at least those in Kannada and Malayalam (to be realistic) may challenge their Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu counterparts.
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Disclaimer: Our box-office figures have been compiled from reliable sources and our own extensive research, and are indicative of the film’s performance in the trade. However, Movified doesn’t claim any legitimacy over the accuracy of the data, and cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy in the same.