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.Updated: May 29, 2017 11:13 IST
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.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-03)
The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-14)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
John Carter (2012)
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First Published: Apr 28, 2017 10:51 IST