List of most expensive Indian films

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

Most expensive Indian filmsEdit

Rank Title Year Studio Budget (est.) Primary language(s) Status Ref.
1 2.0 2018 Lyca Productions 570 crore (US$80 million) Tamil Released [1]
2 Ponniyin Selvan 2021 Lyca Productions

Madras Talkies

500 crore (US$70 million) Tamil Filming [2][specify]
Adipurush 2022 T-Series Films
Retrophiles
Telugu, Hindi Filming [3]
3 RRR 2021 DVV Entertainment 350 crore (US$49 million)–400 crore (US$56 million) Telugu Filming [4]
4 Saaho 2019 UV Creations 350 crore (US$49 million) Hindi, Tamil, Telugu Released [5][6]
5 Radhe Shyam 2021 UV Creations and T-Series 350 crore (US$49 million) Telugu, Hindi Filming [7]
6 Mahavir Karna Pooja Entertainment 300 crore (US$42 million) Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam Filming [8][9]
7 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy 2019 Konidela Production Company 270 crore (US$38 million)–300 crore (US$42 million) Telugu Released [10][11][12]
8 Barroz: Guardian of D'Gama's Treasure 2022 Aashirvad Cinemas 250 crore (US$35 million) Malayalam Filming [13]
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works Telugu, Tamil Released [14]
9 Thugs of Hindostan 2018 Yash Raj Films 220 crore (US$32.17 million)–300 crore (US$43.87 million) Hindi Released [15][16]
10 Padmaavat 2018 Bhansali Productions
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
215 crore (US$30 million) Hindi Released [17][18]
11 Tiger Zinda Hai 2017 Yash Raj Films 210 crore (US$32.25 million) Hindi Released [19]
12 Zero 2018 Red Chillies Entertainment
Colour Yellow Productions
200 crore (US$29.24 million) Hindi Released [20]
13 Darbar 2020 Lyca Productions 200 crore (US$28 million) Tamil Released [21]
Indian 2 2021 Lyca Productions 200 crore (US$28 million) Tamil Filming [22][23][24]
15 Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works 180 crore (US$28.06 million) Telugu, Tamil Released [25]
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2015 Fox Star Studios
Rajshri Productions
180 crore (US$28.06 million) Hindi Released [26]
17 Bigil 2019 AGS Entertainment 180 crore (US$25 million) Tamil Released [27]
18 Dhoom 3 2013 Yash Raj Films ₹175 crore (US$30 million) Hindi Released [26]
19 Dilwale 2015 Red Chillies Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Productions
₹165 crore (US$26 million)
20 The Zookeeper 2021 Eros International
Trinity Pictures
Peacock Mountain Culture & Media
₹176 crore (US$25 million) Hindi, Chinese Filming [28][29]
21 Bang Bang! 2014 Fox Star Studios ₹160 crore (US$26 million) Hindi Released [26]
22 Happy New Year 2014 Red Chillies Entertainment ₹150 crore (US$25 million) Hindi Released [26]
Race 3 2018 Salman Khan Films
Tips Films
150 crore (US$21.93 million)–185 crore (US$27.05 million) Hindi Released [30][26]
War 2019 Yash Raj Films 150 crore (US$21 million) Hindi Released [31]
25 Acharya 2021 Konidela Production Company

Matinee Entertainment

140 crore (US$20 million) Telugu Filming [32]
26 Kochadaiyaan 2014 Eros International

Media One Global Entertainment Cinemoephic

125 crore (equivalent to 161 crore or US$23 million in 2019) Tamil Released [33]
27 Mersal 2017 Sri Thenandal Films 120 crore (equivalent to 135 crore or US$19 million in 2019) Tamil Released [34]
28 Sarkar 2018 Sun Pictures 110 crore (equivalent to 118 crore or US$17 million in 2019) Tamil Released [35]
29 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story 2016 Fox Star Studios
Friday FilmWorks
104 crore (equivalent to 120 crore or US$17 million in 2019) Hindi Released [36]
30 Sanju 2018 Rajkumar Hirani Films

Vinod Chopra Films

100 crore (equivalent to 108 crore or US$15 million in 2019) Hindi Released [37]
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo 2020 Geetha Arts 100 crore (US$14 million) Telugu Released [38]
Maharshi 2019 [PVPCinemas]]

100 crore (US$14 million)

Telugu Released [32]
K.G.F: Chapter 2 2021 Hombale Films 100 crore (US$14 million) Kannada Post-production [39]
31 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Aashirvad Cinemas 100 crore (US$14 million) Malayalam Post-production [40]

Historical timelineEdit

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] Hindustani
1948 Chandralekha 30 lakh (3 million) 3 million (equivalent to 260 million or US$3.6 million in 2019) [48] Tamil
Hindustani
1952 Aan 35 lakh (3.5 million) 3.5 million (equivalent to 300 million or US$4.2 million in 2019) [49] Hindustani
1953 Jhansi Ki Rani ₹60 lakh (6 million) 6 million (equivalent to 510 million or US$7.2 million in 2019) [50]
1957 Mother India ₹60 lakh (6 million) 6 million (equivalent to 480 million or US$6.8 million in 2019) [51]
1960 Mughal-e-Azam 1.5 crore (15 million) 15 million (equivalent to 1.1 billion or US$15 million in 2019) [52][53]
1975 Sholay 3 crore (30 million) 30 million (equivalent to 680 million or US$9.5 million in 2019) [54]
1980 Shaan 6 crore (60 million) 60 million (equivalent to 1.1 billion or US$16 million in 2019) [55]
1983 Raziya Sultan ₹7 crore (70 million) 70 million (equivalent to 950 million or US$13 million in 2019) [56]
1991 Ajooba ₹8 crore (80 million) 80 million (equivalent to 550 million or US$7.8 million in 2019) [57] Hindustani
Russian
1993 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja ₹9 crore (90 million) 90 million (equivalent to 520 million or US$7.4 million in 2019) [57] Hindi
1995 Trimurti ₹11 crore (110 million) 110 million (equivalent to 530 million or US$7.4 million in 2019) [58]
1996 Indian 15 crore (150 million) 150 million (equivalent to 660 million or US$9.3 million in 2019) [59] Tamil
1997 Ratchagan 18 crore (180 million) 180 million (equivalent to 740 million or US$10 million in 2019) [citation needed]
1998 Jeans 20 crore (200 million) 200 million (equivalent to 730 million or US$10 million in 2019) [60]
2000 Raju Chacha 25 crore (250 million) 250 million (equivalent to 830 million or US$12 million in 2019) [57] Hindi
2001 Lagaan 25 crore (250 million) 250 million (equivalent to 800 million or US$11 million in 2019) [61]
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... 40 crore (400 million) 400 million (equivalent to 1.3 billion or US$18 million in 2019) [62]
2002 Devdas 50 crore (500 million) 500 million (equivalent to 1.5 billion or US$22 million in 2019) [63]
2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story ₹50 crore (500 million) 500 million (equivalent to 1.4 billion or US$19 million in 2019) [64][65] Hindustani
2007 Sivaji 60 crore (600 million) 600 million (equivalent to 1.5 billion or US$20 million in 2019) [66] Tamil
2008 Dasavathaaram 60 crore (600 million) 600 million (equivalent to 1.3 billion or US$19 million in 2019) [67]
Ghajini 65 crore (650 million) 650 million (equivalent to 1.5 billion or US$20 million in 2019) [53] Hindi
2009 Blue 80 crore (800 million) 800 million (equivalent to 1.6 billion or US$23 million in 2019) [68]
2010 My Name is Khan ₹85 crore (850 million) 850 million (equivalent to 1.5 billion or US$22 million in 2019) [69]
Enthiran 132 crore (1.32 billion) 1.32 billion (equivalent to 2.4 billion or US$33 million in 2019) [70] Tamil
2011 Ra.One 150 crore (1.5 billion) ₹1.5 billion (equivalent to ₹2.5 billion or US$31 million in 2017) [71] Hindi
2013 Dhoom 3 175 crore (1.75 billion) ₹1.75 billion (equivalent to ₹2.4 billion or US$30 million in 2017) [26]
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning 180 crore (1.8 billion) ₹1.8 billion (equivalent to ₹2.2 billion or US$27 million in 2017) [25] Telugu, Tamil
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 180 crore (1.8 billion) ₹1.8 billion (equivalent to ₹2.2 billion or US$27 million in 2017) [26] Hindi
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 250 crore (2.5 billion) 2.5 billion (US$35 million) [26] Telugu, Tamil
2018 2.0 ₹570 crore (5.70 billions) 570 crore (US$80 million) [1] Tamil

Most expensive films by languageEdit

AssameseEdit

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) [72]

BengaliEdit

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) [73]
2 Chander Pahar 2013


15 crore (US$2.1 million) [74]
Yoddha: The Warrior 2014
3 Macho Mastaana 2012 Remac Filmz 7 crore (US$980,000) [75]
4 Mishawr Rawhoshyo 2013 Shree Venkatesh Films [76]

BhojpuriEdit

The Bhojpuri cinema, colloquially known as Bhojiood, produces films in Bhojpuri language.

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Status
1 Nirahua Chalal London 2019 Pashupatinath Production 4 crore (US$560,000) Released[77]

GujaratiEdit

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) [78]
2 Kevi Rite Jaish 2012 1.75 crore (US$270,000) [78]

HindiEdit

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 Adipurush 2022 T-Series Films
Retrophiles
500 crore (US$70 million) #+ [3]
2 Saaho 2019 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) #+ [5][6]
3 Mahavir Karna 2021 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) #+ [79]
4 Thugs of Hindostan 2018 Yash Raj Films 220 crore (US$31 million)–310 crore (US$43 million) [15][80]
5 Padmaavat 2018 Bhansali Productions
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
215 crore (US$30 million) [17][18]
6 Tiger Zinda Hai 2017 Yash Raj Films 210 crore (US$29 million) [19]
7 Zero 2018 Red Chillies Entertainment
Colour Yellow Productions
200 crore (US$28 million) [20]
8 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2015 Fox Star Studios
Rajshri Productions
180 crore (US$25 million) [26]
9 Dhoom 3 2013 Yash Raj Films 175 crore (US$25 million) [26]
10 Dilwale 2015 Red Chillies Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Productions
165 crore (US$23 million) [26]

KannadaEdit

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

Rank Title Year Studio(s) Budget (est.) Ref.
1 Salaar 2022 Hombale Films 150 crore (US$21 million) #+ [81]
2 K.G.F: Chapter 2 2021 Hombale Films 100 crore (US$14 million) [82][83]
3 Avane Srimannarayana 2019 Pushkar Films
Shree Devi Entertainers
Paramvah Studios
80 crore (US$11 million) [84]
4 K.G.F: Chapter 1 2018 Hombale Films 50 crore (US$7.0 million)–80 crore (US$11 million) [85][86]
5 Kurukshetra 2019 Vrishabhadhri Productions 50 crore (US$7.0 million)–75 crore (US$11 million) [87][88]
6 Roberrt 2021 Umapathy Films 50 crore (US$7.0 million) [89]
7 Pailwan 2019 Zee Studios
RRR Motion Pictures Production
50 crore (US$7.0 million) [84]
8 The Villain 2018 Tanvi–Shanvi Films 45 crore (US$6.3 million)–55 crore (US$7.7 million) [90][84]
9 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna 2012 Chithravani 26 crore (US$3.6 million) [91]
10 Maanikya 2014 MNK Movies
Kiccha Creations
Kolla Entertainments
19 crore (US$2.7 million)

MalayalamEdit

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 Barroz: Guardian of D'Gama's Treasure 2022 Aashirvad Cinemas ₹250 crore

(US$35 million)

[92]
2 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham 2021 Aashirvad Cinemas
Moonshot Entertainments
Confident Group
100 crore (US$14 million) [93]
3 Mamangam 2019 Kavya Film Company 55 crore (US$7.7 million) [94]
4 Odiyan 2018 Aashirvad Cinemas 50 crore (US$7.0 million) [95]
5 Kayamkulam Kochunni Sree Gokulam Films 45 crore (US$6.3 million) [96]
6 Veeram 2016 Chandrakala Arts 35 crore (US$4.9 million) [97]
Trance 2020 Anwar Rasheed Entertainments [98]
7 Big Brother S Talkies
Shaman International
Vaishaka Cynyma
Carnival Movie Network
32 crore (US$4.5 million) [99]
8 Lucifer 2019 Aashirvad Cinemas 30 crore (US$4.2 million) [100]
9 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja 2009 Sree Gokulam Films 27 crore (US$3.8 million) [101]
Madhura Raja 2019 Nelson Ipe Cinemas [102]
10 Pulimurugan 2016 Mulakuppadam Films 25 crore (US$3.5 million) [103]

MarathiEdit

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) #+ [104]
2 Lai Bhaari 2014 Mumbai Film Company 15 crore (US$2.1 million) [105]
3 Pyaar Vali Love Story Cinema Company India Pvt Ltd
Dreaming 24/7 Productions
and STV Network Pvt Ltd
7.5 crore (US$1.1 million) [106]
4 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali 2015 Essel Vision Productions 7 crore (US$980,000) [105]
5 Faster Fene 2017 Mumbai Film Company
Essel Vision Productions
6 crore (US$840,000) [107]
6 Bhikari Essel Vision Productions 5 crore (US$700,000) [105]

PunjabiEdit

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) [108]
2 Zorawar 2016 PTC Motion Pictures 16 crore (US$2.2 million) [109]
3 Sardaar Ji 2015 White Hill Productions 13 crore (US$1.8 million) [110]
4 Jatt & Juliet 2 2013 8.5 crore (US$1.2 million) [111]
5 Mirza – The Untold Story 2012 Inda Raikoti and Aman Khatkar 8 crore (US$1.1 million) [112]

TamilEdit

The Tamil cinema, colloquially known as Kollywood in reference to its headquarters, Kodambakkam, produces films in Tamil language.[113]

#+ 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) #+ [5][6]
3 Mahavir Karna 2021 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) #+ [79] Filming
4 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works 250 crore (US$35 million) #+ [14] Released
5 Indian 2 2021 Lyca Productions 200 crore (US$28 million) [22] Filming
Darbar 2020 [21] Released
6 Bigil 2019 AGS Entertainment 180 crore (US$25 million) [27]
Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works 180 crore (US$25 million) #+ [25]
8 Enthiran 2010 Sun Pictures 132 crore (US$19 million) [70]
9 Mersal 2017 Thenandal Studio Limited 130 crore (US$18 million) [114]
Vivegam Sathya Jyothi Films [115]

TeluguEdit

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. Status
1 Adipurush 2022 T-Series Films
Retrophiles
500 crore (US$70 million) #+ [3] Filming
2 RRR 2021 DVV Entertainment 350 crore (US$49 million)–400 crore (US$56 million) [116] Filming
3 Saaho 2018 UV Creations
T-Series
350 crore (US$49 million) #+ [5][6] Released
4 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy 2019 Konidela Production Company 300 crore (US$42 million) [10][11][12]
Mahavir Karna 2021 United Film Kingdom 300 crore (US$42 million) #+ [79] Filming
5 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 Arka Media Works 250 crore (US$35 million) #+ [14] Released
6 Baahubali: The Beginning 2015 Arka Media Works 180 crore (US$25 million) #+ [25]
7 Salaar 2022 Hombale Films 150 crore (US$21 million) #+ [81] Filming
8 Acharya 2021 Konidela Production Company
Matinee Entertainment
140 crore (US$20 million) [32] Filming
9 Spyder 2017 NVR Cinema LLP

Reliance Entertainment

120 crore (US$17 million) #+ [117] Released
10 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo 2020 Geetha Arts

Haarika & Hassine Creations

100 crore (US$14 million) [38]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 3.1439 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1933: 13.33 per pound,[43] $4.24 per pound[44]
  2. ^ 75,000[41][42] (US$23,856)[a] in 1933 (US$471,171 or 3 crore[45] in 2016)
  3. ^ 3.3223 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1943[47]
  4. ^ 200,000[46] (US$60,200)[c] in 1943 (equivalent to US$1 million or 6.83 crore[45] in 2016)

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