The Indian film industry has invested a lot in making movies, in the recent years. We’ve compiled a list of the most expensive Indian movies. The top four positions are held by South Indian movies, but Bollywood is not far behind. Here’s a list of the most expensive movies-

  1. Mahabharata


Budget: 1000 crores

Cast: Mohanlal, and others

Direction: VA Shrikumar Menon

Language(s): Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi

India’s biggest movie, Mahabharata is going to be made on a 1000 crore budget. It is going to be a two-part series. An Indian businessman based in the UAE is producing this movie. Actor Mohanlal will play the lead role. VA Shrikumar Menon will direct the movies. Both the movies in the Mahabharata series, are expected to hit the screens in 2020. The film will be made in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi, and will also be dubbed in several other Indian and foreign languages.

The story is inspired by MT Vasudevan Nair’s work “Randamoozham”, which narrates Mahabharata from Bheema’s point of view. MT Vasudevan Nair, a Padma Bhushan awardee, who has also won a number of National Awards for screenwriting will write the screenplay for this movie. The makers are planning to rope in artists and top-notch technicians to work in this two-part epic series. The other cast and crew members are yet to be finalized.

  1. 2.0

Budget: 400 crores

Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Subanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Riyaz Khan

Direction: S.Shankar

Language(s): Tamil, Telugu, Hindi

Production: Subaskaran Alirajah

Music: A.R Rahman

Cinematography: Nirav Shah

Director Shankar is known for his grand movies. All of his movies are made on a mega-scale budget. Rajinikanth’s Enthiran broke several existing box-office records at the time of its release.  It was about a robot that develops feelings for its creator’s girlfriend.  The movie boasted of big names like Aishwarya Rai, A.R Rahman, and Thotta Tharani. It was a huge hit and a trendsetting movie in Indian cinema.  2.0 is a sequel to Endhiran. Akshay Kumar is playing the antagonist in 2.0. It is expected to release in October, this year.

  1. Bahubali: The Conclusion

Budget: 250 crores

Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar

Direction: S.S. Rajamouli

Language(s): Tamil, Telugu

Production: Arka Media Works

Music: M.M Keeravani

Cinematography: K.K Senthil Kumar

Bahubali: The Conclusion is the second part of the Bahubali series. It is releasing on the 28th of April, 2017. It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The first movie in the series, Bahubali: The Beginning was a huge hit. The Bahubali 2 trailer broke the internet on the day of its release. A major part of the movie is made using computer-generated imagery, by some of the best talents in the industry. More than 17 VFX teams have worked in the movie. The movie is also being dubbed in Hindi, English, and other foreign languages.

  1. Bahubali: The Beginning


Budget: 180 crores

Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar

Direction: S.S. Rajamouli

Language(s): Tamil, Telugu

Production: Arka Media Works

Music: M.M Keeravani

Cinematography: K.K Senthil Kumar

“Bahubali: The Beginning” was one movie that made the world take note of South Indian Cinema. The mega budget movie used more than 2500 VFX shots. It is believed that each frame cost more than 5000 rupees. The VFX team virtually replicated a 1500 ft mystical waterfall. The actors underwent rigorous training to prepare for their roles. The team even gifted body building equipment worth 1.5 crores to the lead actor Prabhas. The movie was grand. Every frame oozed magnificence. It was a smashing hit.

  1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Budget: 180 crores

Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nithin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Armaan Kohli, Swara Bhaskar, Aashika Bhatia, Deepraj Rana

Direction: Sooraj R Barjatya

Language(s): Hindi

Production: Rajshri Productions

Music: Himmesh Reshammiya, Sanjay Chowdary

Cinematography: V. Manikandan

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was a romantic drama released in 2015. It was a huge commercial success. The whole movie was shot in palatial residence and royal bungalows. Salman Khan played a dual role in the movie. One of the roles was that of a prince. The movie is about the life of a royal. The lavish sets and the gorgeous backdrops explain the amount of money invested in the making of the movie. The movie was also dubbed into Tamil and Telugu.

  1. Dhoom 

Budget: 175 crores

Cast:  Aamir Khan, Abishek Khan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Siddharth Nigam, Jackie Shroff

Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya

Language(s): Hindi

Production: Yash Raj Films

Music: Pritam, Julius Packiam

Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee

Dhoom 3, the third movie in the Dhoom series was made on a huge budget of 175crores. It was the first Indian movie to release in IMAX motion picture film format, with Dolby Atmos sound. It was dubbed into Tamil and Telugu. This suave and classy movie was released in 4500 Indian theatres, and 750 international theatres. Dhoom 3 holds the record of being the highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time.

  1. Dilwale

 Budget: 165 crores

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Boman Irani, Johny Lever, Sanjay Mishra

Direction: Rohit Shetty

Language(s): Hindi

Production: Red Chillies Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Productions

Music: Pritam Chakraborthy, Amar Mohile

Cinematography: Dudley

Rohit Shetty who is known for delivering commercial entertainers directed the movie Dilwale. With Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the team, the movie was bound to a commercial success. Red Chillies Entertainment had invested 165 crores in the movie. Despite the critics shredding the movie to bits, Dilwale was commercially well received. It was about a pair who fell in love, and got separated and met again after years. The movie earned a handsome return.

  1. Bang Bang

Budget: 160 crores

Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffray, Pawan Malhotra, Vikram Gokhale, Jimmy Shergill

Direction: Siddharth Anand

Language(s): Hindi

Production:  Fox Star Studios

Music: Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulaiman

Cinematography: Sunil Patel

This movie was the official remake of the movie “Knight and Day”.  Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz played the lead roles in the original movie. Bang Bang featured several exotic locations. The movie was dubbed into other languages such as Tamil, and Telugu. The movie was severely criticized for the plot, but it kept the cash registers ringing.

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