Bollywood Film production

It seems that Bollywood is more interested in big fiscal returns than it is in quality output. Bollywood’s been spending big bucks on its recent franchises. We know they may not be quality content, but it sure is jam packed with a lot of extraordinary visuals. Here is a comparison of the most expensive and the least expensive to churn out of Bollywood.

Baahubali Series Part I and The Conclusion:

In the kingdom of Mahishmati, while pursuing his love, Shivudu learns about the conflict-ridden past of his family and his legacy. He must now prepare himself to face his new-found arch-enemy.

Part I and II cost ₹180 Cr. and ₹250 Cr. respectively to make. It made ₹650 Crores and ₹1,796 Crores respectively. That’s a 361% and 718% profit.


Padmaavat is the story of honour, valour and obsession. Queen Padmavati is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan – Allaudin Khilji. The sultan who is a tyrant, is fixated with wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her dignity.

The budget was ₹215 Crores and the box office collection was a 277% increase: ₹595

Tiger Zinda Hai:

RAW Agent Tiger joins forces with Zoya, a Pakistani spy, in order to rescue a group of nurses who are held hostage by a terrorist organisation.

Cost ₹210 Crores and made ₹569 Crores in the box office which makes it a 270%

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo:

Looking to lead a normal life, a beloved king (Salman Khan) switches identities with a man who looks just like him.

Budget of ₹180 Crores and earned ₹400 Crores. Profit of 222%

It’s everybody’s dream to make a jam packed feature like that. It’s assumed that the more you spend the more you earn. Just for the point of this article, the total profit average of the top 5 expensive films of India is 369.5%

Right in comparison to those films are some of the 5 cheapest films of Bollywood. It is noticeable that they have spent considerably lesser and their plotlines aren’t as majestic as the ones above:


Rani, a 24-year-old homely girl, decides to go on her honeymoon alone when her fiancé calls off their wedding. Travelling around Europe, she finds joy, makes friends and gains new-found independence.

This movie cost 12.5% and earned a whopping 864% profit of 108 Crores.

Aashiqui 2:

Rahul, a singing sensation, falls in love with Aarohi, a woman who sings in the bar. He helps her accomplish her dream of becoming a famous singer, but his own shortcomings jeopardise their future.

This too earned a massive 726% increase by costing ₹15 Cr and earning a box office total of ₹109 Crores.

Vicky Donor:

The head of a fertility clinic and sperm bank needs a reliable source of high-quality semen. As luck would have it, he comes into contact with Vicky Arora, an attractive Punjabi whom he convinces to become a donor. When Vicky falls in love and marries a Bengali called Ashima, their relationship takes a turn for the worse when it is discovered that she is infertile.

Another major 700% profit. A budget of 5 Crores earned 650 Crores in the box office.

Paan Singh Tomar: 

Paan Singh Tomar, an athlete, wins gold medals at the Indian National Games seven times in a row. He is forced to become a dacoit when his mother is murdered and the police don’t take any action.

Cost ₹70 mil and earned ₹201 mil. That makes a 287% profit.

Taare Zameen Par:

Ishaan, a student who has dyslexia, cannot seem to get anything right at his boarding school. Soon, a new unconventional art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, helps him discover his hidden potential.

A budget of ₹120 mil earned ₹889 Million. That makes it a 740% increase.

These movies have a profit average of 663%. The notion that production value has to be massive is a myth. A great story, an exceptional team and remarkable equipment is bound to get you places.


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