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How Baahubali achieved Hollywood-like epic scale for a third of the cost: A comparison

While SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion, and its predecessor Baahubali: The Beginning are some of the most expensive movies ever produced in India (and two of the highest-grossing), let’s take a look at how their budgets pale in comparison to Hollywood fantasy epics.

Baahubali 2 The Conclusion Updated: May 29, 2017 11:13 IST
HT Correspondent
Baahubali: The Conclusion releases in over 9000 screens on April 28.
Baahubali: The Conclusion releases in over 9000 screens on April 28.

Baahubali: The Conclusion, and its predecessor, will go down as pathbreaking films in Indian cinema. Not only have they pushed the boundaries of storytelling in an industry that is still very star-driven, they have also helped bridge the gap between our movies, and the ones we’ve always looked up to - the big, epic fantasy blockbusters made in Hollywood.

At least in terms of scale and the sheer technical wizardry involved, the Baahubali saga remains unmatched in India. We’ve never seen spectacle like this put on our screens - especially when Indian actors are involved.

The two films cost a combined total of Rs 250 crore (around $40 million). While this is usually what a mid-budget Hollywood film would cost, its budget pales in comparison to those of the films that inspired it. The first film made Rs 650 crore ($100 million) at the box office, a slight number in comparison to some of the titles below - even the notorious flops.

But it still captured the grandeur on a fraction of the budget.

300 (2006)

BO: $456 million (Rs 2900 crore).

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-03)

BO: $3 billion (Rs 19000 crore).

The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-14)

BO: $2.9 billion (Rs 18000 crore).

Troy (2004)

BO: $497 million (Rs 3100 crore)

The Great Wall (2017)

BO: $332 million (Rs 2100 crore).

Gods of Egypt (2016)

BO: $150 million (Rs 960 crore).

Warcraft (2016)

BO: $433 million (Rs 2700 crore).

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

The movie will be released in May.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

BO: $268 million (Rs 1700 crore).

John Carter (2012)

BO: $284 million (Rs 1800 crore).

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