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This is a list of the most expensive Indian films, with budgets given in Indian rupees and US dollars.

Most expensive Indian films[edit]

Note: Films produced in a certain language may not necessarily be from that industry. For instance, all films made in Hindi may not necessarily be produced in Bollywood.[needs update]

Rank Title Year Studio Budget (est.) Ref. Primary language(s) Status
1 2.0 2018 Lyca Productions 570 crore (US$80 million) [1] Tamil Released
2 RRR 2020 DVV Entertainment 350 crore (US$49 million) to 400 crore (US$56 million) [2] Telugu Filming
3 Saaho 2019 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) [3][4] Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
Released
4 Mahavir Karna 2020 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) [5][6][7][8] Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil Filming
5 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works 250 crore (US$35 million) [9] Telugu, Tamil
Released
6 Thugs of Hindostan 2018 Yash Raj Films 220 crore (US$31 million)–310 crore (US$43 million) [10][11] Hindi Released
7 Padmaavat 2018 Bhansali Productions
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
215 crore (US$30 million) [12][13] Hindi Released
8 Tiger Zinda Hai 2017 Yash Raj Films 210 crore (US$29 million) [14] Hindi Released
9 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy 2019 Konidela Production Company 200 crore (US$28 million)–270 crore (US$38 million) [15][16][17] Telugu Released
Indian 2 2021 Lyca Productions 200 crore (US$28 million) [18][19][20] Tamil Filming
Zero 2018 Red Chillies Entertainment
Colour Yellow Productions
[21] Hindi Released
12 Bigil 2019 AGS Entertainment 180 crore (US$25 million) [22] Tamil Released
Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works [23] Telugu, Tamil
Released
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2015 Fox Star Studios
Rajshri Productions
[24] Hindi Released
15 Dhoom 3 2013 Yash Raj Films ₹175 crore (US$30 million) [24] Released
16 Dilwale 2015 Red Chillies Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Productions
₹165 crore (US$26 million) Released
17 The Zookeeper 2020 Eros International
Trinity Pictures
Peacock Mountain Culture & Media
₹162 crore (US$25 million) [25][26] Hindi, Chinese
Filming
18 Bang Bang! 2014 Fox Star Studios ₹160 crore (US$26 million) [24] Hindi Released
19 Happy New Year Red Chillies Entertainment ₹150 crore (US$25 million) [24] Hindi
Race 3 2018 Salman Khan Films
Tips Films
150 crore (US$21 million)–185 crore (US$26 million) [27][24] Hindi Released
21 Sultan 2016 Yash Raj Films ₹145 crore (US$22 million) [28] Hindi Released

Historical timeline[edit]

Year Title Budget in INR (est.) Budget (est.) Ref. Language(s)
1933 Savitri 75,000 75,000 (equivalent to 30 million or US$440,000 in 2016) [b] Telugu
1943 Kismet 2 lakh (200,000) 200,000 (equivalent to 68 million or US$1 million in 2016) [d] Hindi-Urdu
1948 Chandralekha 30 lakh (3 million) 3 million (equivalent to 240 million or US$3.3 million in 2018) [36] Tamil
Hindi-Urdu
1952 Aan 35 lakh (3.5 million) 3.5 million (equivalent to 280 million or US$3.9 million in 2018) [37] Hindi-Urdu
1953 Jhansi Ki Rani ₹60 lakh (6 million) 6 million (equivalent to 470 million or US$6.6 million in 2018) [38]
1960 Mughal-e-Azam 1.5 crore (15 million) 15 million (equivalent to 1.0 billion or US$14 million in 2018) [39][40]
1975 Sholay 3 crore (30 million) 30 million (equivalent to 630 million or US$8.8 million in 2018) [41]
1980 Shaan 6 crore (60 million) 60 million (equivalent to 1.0 billion or US$15 million in 2018) [42]
1983 Raziya Sultan ₹7 crore (70 million) 70 million (equivalent to 890 million or US$12 million in 2018) [43]
1991 Ajooba ₹8 crore (80 million) 80 million (equivalent to 510 million or US$7.2 million in 2018) [44] Hindi-Urdu
Russian
1993 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja ₹9 crore (90 million) 90 million (equivalent to 490 million or US$6.8 million in 2018) [44] Hindi
1995 Trimurti ₹11 crore (110 million) 110 million (equivalent to 490 million or US$6.9 million in 2018) [45]
1996 Indian 15 crore (150 million) 150 million (equivalent to 610 million or US$8.6 million in 2018) [46] Tamil
1997 Ratchagan 18 crore (180 million) 180 million (equivalent to 690 million or US$9.6 million in 2018) [47]
1998 Jeans 20 crore (200 million) 200 million (equivalent to 670 million or US$9.4 million in 2018) [48]
2000 Raju Chacha 25 crore (250 million) 250 million (equivalent to 770 million or US$11 million in 2018) [44] Hindi
2001 Lagaan 25 crore (250 million) 250 million (equivalent to 740 million or US$10 million in 2018) [49]
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... 40 crore (400 million) 400 million (equivalent to 1.2 billion or US$17 million in 2018) [50]
2002 Devdas 50 crore (500 million) 500 million (equivalent to 1.4 billion or US$20 million in 2018) [51]
2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story ₹50 crore (500 million) 500 million (equivalent to 1.3 billion or US$18 million in 2018) [52][53] Hindi-Urdu
2007 Sivaji 60 crore (600 million) 600 million (equivalent to 1.4 billion or US$19 million in 2018) [54] Tamil
2008 Dasavathaaram 60 crore (600 million) 600 million (equivalent to 1.3 billion or US$18 million in 2018) [55]
Ghajini 65 crore (650 million) 650 million (equivalent to 1.4 billion or US$19 million in 2018) [40] Hindi
2009 Blue 80 crore (800 million) 800 million (equivalent to 1.5 billion or US$21 million in 2018) [56]
2010 My Name is Khan ₹85 crore (850 million) 850 million (equivalent to 1.4 billion or US$20 million in 2018) [57]
Enthiran 132 crore (1.32 billion) 1.32 billion (equivalent to 2.2 billion or US$31 million in 2018) [58] Tamil
2011 Ra.One 150 crore (1.5 billion) ₹1.5 billion (equivalent to ₹2.3 billion or US$34 million in 2017) [59] Hindi
2013 Dhoom 3 175 crore (1.75 billion) ₹1.75 billion (equivalent to ₹2.2 billion or US$32 million in 2017) [24]
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning 180 crore (1.8 billion) ₹1.8 billion (equivalent to ₹2 billion or US$29 million in 2017) [23] Telugu
Tamil
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 180 crore (1.8 billion) ₹1.8 billion (equivalent to ₹2 billion or US$29 million in 2017) [24] Hindi
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 250 crore (2.5 billion) 2.5 billion (US$35 million) [24] Telugu
Tamil
2018 2.0 ₹570 crore (5.70 billions) 570 crore (US$80 million) [1] Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
2019 Saaho ₹350 crore (3.50 billions) 350 crore (US$49 million) [3][4] Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

Most expensive films by language[edit]

Assamese[edit]

The Assamese cinema, also known as Jollywood, produces films in Assamese language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Mission China 2017 I Creation 2.5 crore (US$350,000) [60]

Bengali[edit]

The cinema of West Bengal, also known as Tollywood, produces films in Bengali language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Amazon Obhijaan 2017 Shree Venkatesh Films 20 crore (US$2.8 million) [61]
2 Chander Pahar
Yoddha: The Warrior
2013
2014
15 crore (US$2.1 million) [62]
3 Macho Mastaana 2012 Remac Filmz 7 crore (US$980,000) [63]
4 Mishawr Rawhoshyo 2013 Shree Venkatesh Films [64]

Gujarati[edit]

Gujarati cinema, produces films in Gujarati language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Bey Yaar 2014 CineMan Productions 2.25 crore (US$350,000) [65]
2 Kevi Rite Jaish 2012 CineMan Productions 1.75 crore (US$270,000) [65]

Hindi[edit]

Hindi cinema, also known as Bollywood, produces many of the most expensive Indian films, many of which are released worldwide.

#+ Implies that the film is a multilingual and the budget figure includes the collective expense to produce all versions.
Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Saaho 2019 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) #+ [3][4]
2. Mahavir Karna 2020 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) #+ [66]
3 Thugs of Hindostan 2018 Yash Raj Films 220 crore (US$31 million)–310 crore (US$43 million) [10][67]
4 Padmaavat 2018 Bhansali Productions
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
215 crore (US$30 million) [12][13]
5 Tiger Zinda Hai 2017 Yash Raj Films 210 crore (US$29 million) [14]
6 Zero 2018 Red Chillies Entertainment
Colour Yellow Productions
200 crore (US$28 million) [21]
7 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2015 Fox Star Studios
Rajshri Productions
180 crore (US$25 million) [24]
8 Dhoom 3 2013 Yash Raj Films 175 crore (US$25 million) [24]
9 Dilwale 2015 Red Chillies Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Productions
165 crore (US$23 million) [24]
10 Bang Bang! 2014 Fox Star Studios 160 crore (US$22 million) [24]
11 Race 3 2018 Salman Khan Films
Tips Films
150 crore (US$21 million)–185 crore (US$26 million) [27][24]
12 Happy New Year 2014 Red Chillies Entertainment ₹150 crore (US$25 million) [68]
13 War 2019 Yash Raj Films 150 crore (US$21 million) [69]

Kannada[edit]

The Kannada cinema, also known as Sandalwood, produces films in Kannada language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 K.G.F: Chapter 1 2018 Hombale Films 50 crore (US$7.0 million)–80 crore (US$11 million) [e]
2 Kurukshetra 2019 Vrishabhadhri Productions 50 crore (US$7.0 million)–75 crore (US$11 million) [72][73]
3 The Villain 2018 Tanvi–Shanvi Films 45 crore (US$6.3 million) [74]
4 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna 2012 Chithravani 26 crore (US$3.6 million) [75]
5 Maanikya 2014 MNK Movies
Kiccha Creations
Kolla Entertainments
19 crore (US$2.7 million)
6 Rana Vikrama 2015 Jayanna Combines
Reliance Entertainment
15 crore (US$2.1 million)

Malayalam[edit]

The Malayalam cinema, also known as Mollywood, produces films in Malayalam language.

#+ Implies that the film is a multilingual and the budget figure includes the collective expense to produce all versions.
Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham 2020 Aashirvad Cinemas
Moonshot Entertainments
Confident Group
100 crore (US$14 million) [76]
2 Mamangam 2019 Kavya Film Company 55 crore (US$7.7 million) [77]
3 Odiyan 2018 Aashirvad Cinemas 50 crore (US$7.0 million) [78]
4 Kayamkulam Kochunni 2018 Sree Gokulam Films 45 crore (US$6.3 million) [79]
5 Veeram 2016 Chandrakala Arts 35 crore (US$4.9 million) [80]
6 Big Brother 2020 S Talkies
Shaman International
Vaishaka Cynyma
Carnival Movie Network
32 crore (US$4.5 million) [81]
7 Lucifer 2019 Aashirvad Cinemas 30 crore (US$4.2 million) [82]
8 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja 2009 Sree Gokulam Films 27 crore (US$3.8 million) [83]
Madhura Raja 2019 Nelson Ipe Cinemas [84]
10 Pulimurugan 2016 Mulakuppadam Films 25 crore (US$3.5 million) [85]

Marathi[edit]

The Marathi cinema, produces films in Marathi language.

#+ Implies that the film is a bilingual and the budget figure includes the collective expense to produce both versions.
Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Thackeray 2019 Viacom 18 Motion Pictures 40 crore (US$5.6 million) #+ [86]
2 Lai Bhaari 2014 Mumbai Film Company 15 crore (US$2.1 million) [87]
3 Mauli 2018 Mumbai Film Company 10 crore (US$1.4 million)
4 Pyaar Vali Love Story 2014 Cinema Company India Pvt Ltd
Dreaming 24/7 Productions
and STV Network Pvt Ltd
7.5 crore (US$1.1 million) [88]
5 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali 2015 Essel Vision Productions 7 crore (US$980,000) [87]
6 Faster Fene 2017 Mumbai Film Company
Essel Vision Productions
6 crore (US$840,000) [89]
7 Bhikari 2017 Essel Vision Productions 5 crore (US$700,000) [87]

Punjabi[edit]

The Punjabi cinema, produces films in Punjabi language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Chaar Sahibzaade 2014 Baweja Movies 20 crore (US$2.8 million) [90]
2 Sajjan Singh Rangroot 2018 Vivid Art House 16.5 crore (US$2.3 million)
3 Zorawar 2016 PTC Motion Pictures 16 crore (US$2.2 million) [91]
4 Sardaar Ji 2015 White Hill Productions 13 crore (US$1.8 million) [92]
5 Jatt & Juliet 2 2013 White Hill Productions 8.5 crore (US$1.2 million) [93]
6 Mirza – The Untold Story 2012 Inda Raikoti and Aman Khatkar 8 crore (US$1.1 million) [94]

Tamil[edit]

The Tamil cinema, colloquially known as Kollywood in reference to its headquarters, Kodambakkam, produces films in Tamil language.[95]

#+ Implies that the film is a multilingual and the budget figure includes the collective expense to produce all versions.
Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref. Status
1 2.0 2018 Lyca Productions 570 crore (US$80 million) [1] Released
2 Saaho 2018 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) #+ [3][4]
3 Mahavir Karna 2020 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) #+ [66] Filming
4 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works 250 crore (US$35 million) #+ [9] Released
5 Indian 2 2021 Lyca Productions 200 crore (US$28 million) [18] Filming
6 Bigil 2019 AGS Entertainment 180 crore (US$25 million) [22] Released
Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works 180 crore (US$25 million) #+ [23] Released
8 Enthiran 2010 Sun Pictures 132 crore (US$19 million) [58] Released
9 Mersal 2017 Thenandal Studio Limited 130 crore (US$18 million) [96]
Vivegam Sathya Jyothi Films [97]
11 Kochadaiiyaan 2014 Eros International 125 crore (US$18 million) [98]
12 Spyder 2017 NVR CinemaLLP 120 crore (US$17 million) #+ [99]
13 Puli 2015 SKT Studios 118 crore (US$17 million) [100]

Telugu[edit]

The Telugu cinema, also known as Tollywood, produces films in Telugu language.

#+ Implies that the film is a multilingual and the budget figure includes the collective expense to produce all versions.
Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 RRR 2020 DVV Entertainment 352 crore (US$49 million) to 400 crore (US$56 million) [2]
2 Saaho 2018 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) #+ [3][4]
3 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works 250 crore (US$35 million) #+ [9]
4 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy 2019 Konidela Production Company 200 crore (US$28 million)–270 crore (US$38 million) [15][16][17]
5 Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works 180 crore (US$25 million) #+ [23]
6 Spyder 2017 NVR CinemaLLP 120 crore (US$17 million) #+ [99]
7 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo 2020 Geetha Arts
Haarika & Hassine Creations
100 crore (US$14 million) #+ [101]
8 Sarileru Neekevvaru 2020 AK Entertainments
Sri Venkateswara Creations
G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
100 crore (US$14 million) #+ [102]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 3.1439 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1933: 13.33 per pound,[31] $4.24 per pound[32]
  2. ^ 75,000[29][30] (US$23,856)[a] in 1933 (US$471,171 or 3 crore[33] in 2016)
  3. ^ 3.3223 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1943[35]
  4. ^ 200,000[34] (US$60,200)[c] in 1943 (equivalent to US$1 million or 6.83 crore[33] in 2016)
  5. ^ Hindustan Times reported the budget as 50 crore[70] whereas Business Today claims it was 80 crore.[71]

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