The Big Budget Movies of Bollywood In The Last 10 Years

Do You Know- The first Big Budget movie of Bollywood was the 1960’s Mughal E Azam which was made with a budget of 1.5 Crores. The movie earned over 5 Crores in a span of 3 years and turned out to be the biggest blockbuster of the 60’s.

By Sayak Karmakar

May 26, 2018  Updated On : May 27, 2018

A couple of days back during a promotional event of Race 3 when Salman Khan was asked about the reason for the failure of his last Eid flick “Tubelight”, he replied that he has never thought of Tubelight being a flop movie. One might agree with his argument as the film collected over 120 Crores at Box Office but despite its huge collection, Tubelight actually was a big disappointment because of two reasons. First, the presence of Salman Khan in the movie (Every Salman Khan movie, nowadays is expected to earn more than 200 Crores) and second because of its humongous budget of over 100 Crores.




It`s a true fact that Bollywood over the last 10 years has made exceptional growth in its Box Office Collection. In the year 2008, we saw the first 100 Crore movie of Bollywood, i.e. Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini. Fast forward to 2018, Aamir Khan will feature in Thugs of Hindostan which is made in a budget of over 200 Crores and is expected to become the first 500 Crore grosser Bollywood movie in India. This example shows the huge growth which Bollywood has made over the past one decade. One of the main reason for this big leap within a short span of time has been the willingness of the producers to spend tons of money for making a single movie. Yes, technology has made a great impact (Growth of VFX and CGI) but the involvement of these technologies in a movie meant a lot of money, which the producers, directors, and actors risked to utilize for the betterment of Bollywood cinema. The risk was worthy of taking as today, a good Bollywood movie with a big star cast and big budget is expected to gross over a 1000 Crores at Worldwide Box Office, (Dangal, Bahubali- The Conclusion) something which was not dreamt of at the start of 2000.




The growth of multiplex has also helped in changing the dynamics and business of Bollywood. Multiplexes have resulted in more number of shows and a higher price for a movie ticket which has greatly impacted the amount of money made by a Bollywood movie. Before the era of Multiplexes, the average ticket rate for a Bollywood movie was within the range of 150- 250. However, with multiplexes, the calculations have changed. Some of the highly anticipated movies with big star pull had insane ticket rates at Multiplexes. ( e.g - Jab Harry Met Sejal, Bahubali - The Conclusion- 2400 Rs, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - 2200 Rs, Tubelight, Raees - 1500 Rs, Sultan- 1800 Rs)




However, one thing that is a serious concern for all Big Budget Bollywood movies is its storyline or we can say is the lack of storyline. Majority of the Bollywood movies, which are made of the big budget have A-list actors in them, because of their capacity to fetch audience to theaters many times for a single movie. However, the directors and producers are somewhere compensating with the story and the result is that we see mindless action, romantic or comedy movies earning Crores and Crores of rupees. (Dhoom-3, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Kick, Happy New Year, Krrish 3, Golmaal 4, Singham 2 and many more). But last year, we also saw a downfall in these types of mindless high budget movies with big stars (Tubelight, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Jagga Jasoos). The reason is simple- Audience are fed up with it and want something worthy of their money.  That’s the reason we saw that Indian audience preferred small budget yet meaningful movies like Bareilly Ki Barfi and Hindi Medium over mindless movies like Jab Harry Met Sejal and Tubelight. Thus it`s high time that Bollywood learns from its mistakes and starts to put some storyline behind a big movie.


So let us now look at the big-budget Bollywood movies of the last decade-


2018, Padmaavat ( So far )  -




2018 has a list of highly anticipated Big Budget movies lined up with the likes of Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero. However, so far in the first 5 months of 2018, Padmavat has been the most expensive Bollywood movie. The magnum opus and controversy surrounded movie of Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was made with a whopping Budget of 200 Crores and went to become the first Blockbuster movie of 2018, earning over 300 Crores in India and over 550 Crores worldwide.


2017, Tiger Zinda Hai -  




The sequel of the Blockbuster action movie of Ek Tha Tiger starring Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan also went on to become a Blockbuster by earning over 330 Crores at Indian Box Office. Also, it was the most expensive movie of the year with the budget of a whopping amount of 150 Crores.


2016, Sultan -




Salman Khan is one of the biggest crowd pullers of Bollywood. Thus his movies are bound to be of high Budget as producers can bank on his star power for the success of the movie. Sultan, which also grossed over 300 Crores in India was the most expensive movie of 2016, made with a budget of 145 Crore.


2015, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo -




Salman Khan was back with his Prem Avatar with the Sooraj Barjatya movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The audience went berserk to see the old romantic version of Salman Khan only to realize later that the movie was a mindless story of an Indian joint family culture and tradition. The movie went on to gross over 200 Crores, but was the most expensive movie of 2015 and was made with the budget of 180 Crores.


2014, Bang Bang -




Bang Bang was yet another example of a Big Budget mindless Bollywood movie. The movie was a senseless remake of Hollywood movie Knight and Day. It had the charm of Hrithik and Katrina and some intense action and dance sequence and also a budget of 160 Crores. But nothing could save the movie and it just grossed 141 Crores in India.


2013, Dhoom 3 -




Dhoom 3 was one of the rare yet nice mistakes made by Aamir Khan after he got the tag of Mr. Perfectionist. A mistake because it was a movie which did not make sense, Rare Mistake because Aamir Khan is known for choosing the best scripts and stories for his movies, Nice Rare Mistake because the film went on to be the highest grossing Bollywood movie for almost a year and also the highest grossing Bollywood movie of 2013. The movie was also at that time the most expensive Bollywood movie made with a budget of 175 Crores.


2012, Ek Tha Tiger -




Ek Tha Tiger went to the action Blockbuster and the highest grossing movie of the year 2012 and collected 198 Crores at Indian Box Office. It was also the most expensive movie of the year, made with a budget of 92 Crores.


2011, Ra. One -




Ra. One was touted to be the gen next movie of Bollywood because of its excellent use of VFX and other technologies. For that reason, the movie went on to be the most expensive Bollywood movie for quite some time and was made with a Budget of 130 Crore, something which was not heard at that time. No doubt, the movie was visually spectacular with beautiful use of VFX and CGI but it lacked a good script. Therefore it turned out to be the major disappointment of the year and grossed just 113 Crore in India.


2010, My Name is Khan -




The most ambitious project of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan was also the most expensive movie of 2010. My Name is Khan was made with a budget of 85 Crores. Even though the movie earned immense critical appreciation, especially because of the brilliant display of acting by SRK, the movie just managed to earn 75 Crores at Indian Box Office.


2009, 3 Idiots -




3 idiots was the first 200 Crore grosser of Bollywood at the time when only one movie had grossed 100 Crore before (Ghajini). Personally, if you take my opinion, for me, 3 Idiots is one of the best Bollywood movie ever made and the only deserving candidate of the 200 Crore club. The movie was spectacular but also expensive. It was the most expensive movie of 2009, made with a budget of 50 Crores.

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