Friday, January 29, 2016

Top 5 most expensive South Indian films ever made!

South Indian film industry is abuzz with the news of South Superstar Mahesh Babu aka Prince joining hands with South Indian cinema’s most distinguished filmmaker director AR Murugadoss and making Telegu Cinema’s most expensive film! The untitled film’s budget is expected to be between Rs 85-90 crore. 

Raaga.Com takes a looks at Top 5 most expensive movie’s made down South!


BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING (Rs 250 crore) 

Directed by S. S. Rajamouli and Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni Baahubali: The Beginning is perhaps South Indian cinema’s most expensive movie to be made on a budget of 250 crore. Interestingly the movie was a huge hit and collected more than Rs 600 Crore worldwide 

2.0 (Sequel of Enthiran/Robot (2016)- (Rs 350 crore) 

Starring superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar with Amy Jackson this Shanker directed film has crossed the budget of BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING and is being made on a whopping budget of Rs 350 crore. It may be noted earlier 'Enthiran' was made at a budget of Rs 132 crore. 

PULI (2015) – Rs 118 crore 

South Superstar Vijay and Bollywood Ex Flame Sridevi starrer Tamil movie PULI, was another adventure costume drama on lines of BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING. Directed by Chimbu Deven the movie had Hansika Motwane and Shruti Haasan the movie’s trailer took everybody by storm but the film failed to appeal. Made on budget of Rs 118 Crore the film also put the producers and its lead actors in IT soup! 

KOCHADAIIYAAN (2014) – Rs 125 crore 

Directed by Rajinikanth's younger daughter Soundarya, KOCHADAIIYAAN was made in 3-D staring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Produced at a whopping cost of Rs 125 crore, this innovative Motion Capture Computer Animated adventure film failed miserably at the box office, despite music by Oscar winning AR Rahman and background narration by Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi version.

I (2014) – Rs 100 crore

South Superstar Vikram and Amy Jackson starrer I directed by Shanker was indeed an exceptional romantic thriller made in Tamil. V. Srinivas Mohan’s excellent visual effects took the audience by their seats and the movie proved a big hit! 

Thus the South Indian film industry is no less than Bollywood and has proved its competence time and again!

If Akshay Kumar’s AIRLIFT has irked Ministry of External Affairs, it has succeeded in serving its purpose!

Akshay Kumar’s recent film AIRLIFT has not only set the box office register ringing by becoming biggest grosser of one week (Rs 83.50 crore) but has also succeeded in awakening the Ministry of External Affairs, who failed to perform their duties seriously during the 1990 evacuation of Indian, who were trapped in Kuwait during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. 

The movie not only salutes the brave Indian who stood by the side of one another in the time of crises on humanitarian ground, in the world’s largest evacuation, but also on the other hand takes a dig at lethargic attitude of the officials at the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the delayed help they provided to evacuate Indian citizens from Kuwait.


According to reports the movie has created ripples in the Ministry of External Affairs, who are fuming about their negative portrayal in the film during the crisis. Ms Nirupama Rao, former ambassador of India to the United States of America, has blasted the filmmaker Raja Menon and alleged for not doing a thorough research before making the film.

In a statement attacking filmmaker Raja Menon, Ms Rao said, “I can understand filmmakers taking liberties for cinematic excellence but I kindly don't make a "biased" and "ludicrous" projection of the government's role.”

“Our diplomats are by and large extremely dedicated and conscientious. I can give several example of competent India's Ambassador to Baghdad like Kamal Bakshi, foreign minister IK Gujral and India's Ambassador to Kuwait in 1990-91. They all had worked to ensure safety of suffering Indians in Kuwait.” She added. 

It feels good that Indian Cinema is going great guns and is moving far ahead from its ‘mission entertainment’ to ‘mission awareness’. 

Recently Meghna Gulzar’s TALVAR stirred a debate in the society about the authenticity of the 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar Murder case and now Raja Menon’s AIRLIFT has raised questions about the efficiency of the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Thus it’s great that if films like AIRLIFT or TALVAR can start a debate in society than the filmmaker can heave a sigh of relief as he/she has succeeded in serving his purpose!