We sure love the grand movies that our Indian cinema has to offer, year after year. Historical locations, extensive sets, star-studded cast, and the wish to show bigger-than-life stories is what makes the following Indian films so expensive:
1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 180 crores
You know there will be family values, lots of drama, elaborate song sequences, cheesy dialogue, and a massive budget when the director’s Sooraj Barjatya. Salman Khan & Sonam Kapoor came together in this collaborative initiative by Fox Star Studios and Rajshri Productions as a royal soon-to-be couple. Vibrant scenes, palatial sets, and two Salman Khans are what made this movie cost Rs.180 crores and gross over Rs.400 crores.
2. Dhoom 3 – Rs. 175 crores
There is no doubt why the third instalment of the immensely successful Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom series was such an expensive affair.With a star cast comprising of Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra who attempt to upend each other in the stunning (and expensive!) locations of United States & Switzerland, Rs.175 crores is a reasonable movie budget.
Grossing over Rs.535 crores worldwide, it also became one of the biggest Bollywood grosser of all time.
3. Bang Bang! – 160 crores
Yet another Fox Star Studios’ film, this Katrina Kaif- Hrithik Roshan starrer is an official remake of the Cameron Diaz- Tom Cruise starrer Knight & Day. A movie that includes action, thrill, romance, and comedy comes with a heavy price tag, especially when all of this is happening in foreign locales of Greece, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, and Prague with action directors of international repute.
4. Happy New Year – 150 crores
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Shah Rukh Khan stars in it and his wife produces it. Thankfully, going over budget would not cause a rift in this household! A musical heist film by the highly entertaining director, Farah Khan, HNY was panned by the critics but did commercially well (Rs.343 crores). SRK is joined by Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah in this revenge film.
5. Bajirao Mastani – 145 crores
An epic historical love story directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has even produced the film along with Eros International, Bajirao Mastani is nothing if not majestic. Elaborate period costumes, massive, detailed sets, hundreds of on-ground extras, two Bollywood megastars, and a Bollywood+ Hollywood star are the reason behind the film’s high budget and even higher box office earnings of over Rs.358 crores.
6.Sultan – 140 crores
Another Yash Raj Films’ venture, the Salman Khan- Anushka Sharma love story about two wrestlers made almost four times the money that it spent on its making. If rumours are to be believed, about Rs.50 crores of the budget of the movie was reserved as Khan’s acting fee. Since it was a Yash Raj Films’ production, you can safely assume that every piece of equipment, technology, and set prop was unmatched in quality- hence the high budget.
7. Kick – 140 crores
It seems like whatever Salman Khan touches or stars in, comes with a big price tag and a bigger box-office collection. The 2014 film produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, is a remake of the Telugu film of the same name. Again, Salman Khan’s fee combined with outdoor shooting schedules in South Korea, Poland, and Scotland resulted in an extremely high movie budget and an entry into the list of most expensive movies of this decade.
8. Mohenjo Daro – 138 crores
When Ashutosh Gowariker makes a film, you can expect perfection. And perfection comes with a cost… Rs. 138 crores to be exact. The film sees the suave Hrithik Roshan as a young man in the glorious city of Mohenjo Daro in 2016 B.C. This is where the budget of Rs.138 crores comes into play. High-end CGI and expansive sets built in an attempt to recreate the once important city of the Indus Valley Civilisation require funds and the film’s budget provided for that.
Bollywood isn’t the only Indian film industry to have expensive budgets north of Rs.100 crores; Tollywood’s Endhiran, starring the semi-god Rajinikanth & Aishwarya Rai reportedly had a budget of Rs. 132 crores while Tollywood’s biggest blockbuster, Baahubali: The Beginning, had a budget of Rs. 120 crores.
These figures put the Rs.400-ticket price that we consider high for a movie in perspective, don’t they? But, if you still feel that the Rs.400-ticket is pretty heavy on your pocket, do make use of the incredible BookMyShow offers to crack the best deals.