It’s no secret that Indians have a special place in their hearts for movies, and making these movies can occasionally be a ridiculously costly affair, sometimes costing more than ₹500 crores.
It’s no surprise that Hindi movies make up a large part of the list of the most expensive Indian movies ever made, yet the most expensive movie, as of 2020, was not originally made in the Hindi language.
Why are movies so expensive to produce?
The movie business is a money-making machine, earning hundreds of crores in a single year. In fact, in 2019, the Indian film industry earned ₹142 billion in revenue. The industry is even valued at ₹183+ billion, as of 2020.
And why wouldn’t it be? In 2018 alone, more than 2 billion people bought tickets to the cinema.
With a catalogue of languages and many regional film industries within India, capturing the cinema-goers’ attention is of the utmost importance for the makers of movies and they try to achieve that by making movies that have mass appeal – romance, action, adventure – these are the usual ingredients of a typical Indian movie.
With over the top special effects, mini-armies of extras, cast & staff and marketing, the costs of making a movie add up to be a lot.
Here’s a list of movies that put a lot of money on the line, though they didn’t always end up winning audiences’ hearts.
The pandemic has turned every aspect of our lives upside down – and the film industry is no exception. The cinema landscape is bound to change, with filmmakers looking at a future laden with challenges.
What that list shows us is that despite putting in a lot of money and glitz on screen, it isn’t guaranteed that audiences will lap it all up. At the end of the day, good film-making (and great marketing) comes out to be the winner.
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