Mughal-e-Azam was the first-ever Bollywood film that crossed the one crore mark for the budget of the film, and it has been an endless journey for Bollywood since then. This decade has been witness to Bollywood’s constant record-breaking of the highest budget Hindi film. Films are now made on larger scales with great storylines and sets. The larger than life cinematic experience that these movies create requires huge amounts of money.
Here are the 5 top most expensive Bollywood movies:
2.0with its massive budget of 543 crores has become the most expensive Indian film to date. It is written and directed by S. Shankar. This standalone sequel to a 2010 Tamil movie ‘Enthiran’ (Robot) is loaded with heavy VFX and has Akshay Kumar, Rajnikanth, and Amy Jackson as lead characters.
Thugs of Hindostan (2018)
This action-adventure film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Amir Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles. Even with the estimated budget of 300 crore and big stars, it failed to impress the audience. Although it flopped at the box office, it still is one of the most expensive Bollywood films. Critics criticised the film for its poor screenplay and direction.
This upcoming sci-fi film featuring Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Evelyn Sharma is set to release on 30 August. It is one of the most expensive Bollywood films with a budget of 300 crores. The makers shot it in both Hindi and Telugu simultaneously.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is a follow up to Baahubali: The Beginning, a fantasy-action film. It is directed by S. S. Rajamouli and features Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shett, and Tamanna Bhatia. It also became the highest-grossing Indian film with a total of 1,416.9 crore rupees.
Padmaavat is an epic drama film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, and Deepika Padukone. It is one of the most expensive Bollywood films with a budget of 250 crores. The story of this movie is based on the famous poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
These most expensive Bollywood movies are based on the amount invested in all the stages of production, not the earnings of the movies. The return may differ from the budget as it is based on the movie’s performance.