Most expensive Indian films of all time

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With the advent of multiplexes, growing competition from Hollywood, and need for big films, boasting big stars, and especially those arriving on festival weekends to look as grand and lavish as possible, budgets for Indian films have burgeoned to dizzying heights over the last decade. And while every film industry in India has seen a mushrooming of production costs, it’s the three main ones – Bollywood, Tollywood, and Kollywood – who keep pumping in insane amounts of dough into their films and raise the bar with each passing year.

Source: SLB

From 15-20 crore being the most a film cost back in the 90s [Indian (1996), Jeans (1999)] to 50-60 crore range budgets becoming common once the new millennium arrived [Devdas (2002), Sivaji (2007), Dasavathaaram (2008), Ghajini (2008)) to Akshay Kumar’s Blue being an 80-crore bomb in 2009 to the game completely changing with the arrival of Director Shankar and Superstar Rajinikanth’s Enthiran a year later, which boasted an obscene and unprecedented 132-crore budget at the time.

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Now, the same combo of Rajini and Shankar have again upped the stakes with their forthcoming outing, 2.0 (also starring Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar), which has beaten the combined budget of both Baahubali films put together. And while a costly extravaganza doesn’t necessarily always translate to box-office profits, with more than a few of these biggies having bit the dust over the past eight to ten years (Mohenjo Daro and Bombay Velvet, any one…?), especially if budgets get inflated due to production hassles (Manikarnika…?), the fact of the matter is that it’s at least good to know that Indian filmmakers are now getting the necessary backing to bring their vision alive on screen.

Source: AGPL

So, let’s check out the most expensive Indian films across industries to date, the language and year 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 Year Language Budget (including P&A) Box-Office Verdict
2.0 2018 Tamil/Telugu/Hindi 543 crore TBR*
Saaho 2019 Tamil/Telugu/Hindi 300 crore TBR
Baahubali 2 2017 Tamil/Telugu/Hindi 250 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Padmaavat 2018 Hindi 215 crore Blockbuster
Tiger Zinda Hai 2017 Hindi 210 crore Blockbuster
Thugs of Hindostan 2018 Hindi 210 crore TBR
Manikarnika 2019 Hindi 200 crore TBR
Baahubali 1 2015 Tamil/Telugu/Hindi 180 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2015 Hindi 180 crore Hit
Zero 2018 Hindi 180 crore TBR
Dhoom 3 2013 Hindi 175 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Dilwale 2015 Hindi 165 crore Semi-Hit
Bang Bang 2014 Hindi 160 crore Above Average
Ra. One 2011 Hindi 150 crore Average
Happy New Year 2014 Hindi 150 crore Superhit
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy 2019 Telugu 150 crore TBR
Enthiran 2010 Tamil 132 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Mohenjo Daro 2016 Hindi 130 crore Disaster
Mersal 2017 Tamil 130 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Vivegam 2017 Tamil 130 crore Flop
Kochadaiiyaan 2014 Tamil 125 crore Flop
Bombay Velvet 2015 Hindi 120 crore Disaster
SPYder 2017 Telugu 120 crore Disaster
Kurukshetra 2018 Kannada 100 crore TBR

*(TBR = To be Released)

Currently, 2.0 is perched at the top of the list of India’s costliest films. Let’s see which film in future manages to break its record. Also, as we had said earlier, it’s a good thing that filmmakers are now getting the monetary support to back their vision, but we also hope that they exercise discretion while chalking out budget plans for their projects and avoid unnecessary expenditures, which needlessly exert undue pressure on the film at the time of release.

Cover Photo Sources: Lyca, Arka, and SLB
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.

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