The science fiction movie Robot directed by Shankar and starring Rajinikanth had a budget of Rs 150 crore. Now the director has even cranked up the notch for the sequel of the film Robot 2.0 by setting up a jaw-dropping budget of Rs 350 crore, thus making it the most expensive movie ever made in India. Earlier, this prestigious title was held by the upcoming sequel of Baahubali, the Baahubali 2, directed by none other than SS Rajamouli at a budget of Rs 250 crore.
While Robot 2.0 is set to be released on 25 January 2018, Baahubali 2 is going to see an April release. The period film Baahubali 2 is going to be released in 3 different languages including Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. Robot 2.0 is going to be released in multiple languages including Hindi.
Statement of intent
Trade analyst Amul Mohan has to say that he has heard about the budget of the Robot sequel being Rs 350 crore and that it is a really major statement for the South Indian film industry. While most filmmakers in Mumbai make their movies only at a small fraction of this amount, the fact that Robot 2.0 is going to feature such a large budget is certainly justified by the fact that the original one was such a major worldwide success. Moreover, since the new film is going to feature both Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, it is already destined to be an even bigger hit. However, one thing is certain that Robot 2.0 is not really a big budget movie when compared to the Hollywood standards. Even by taking into account the currency exchange rate of today, the budget of Rs 350 crore is nothing when compared to standard Hollywood flicks. However, if anyone can manage to pull off such high budget productions here in India, it is got to be Shankar.
Mumbai needs to do a lot of catching up
Amul believes that both the movies Robot 2.0 and Baahubali 2 are going to face stiff competition from each other. With these films, the Telugu and Tamil film industry are going to be at loggerheads with one another. Since the first movie was such a big hit, there is already a lot of speculation and excitement surrounding Baahubali 2 and its release April 2017. As both these movies are set to outdo each other, one can naturally expect them to literally push the limits by implementing some of the best effects in these movies. The healthy competition that has already begun between these two films will only benefit the art of filmmaking in the long run. However, it is due to such factors that the analyst feels that Mumbai film industry still needs to do a bit of catching up with the Tamil and Telegu film industries. While there is strong competition among movies that are made in Mumi, it is exactly this that is forcing the local film industry to stay behind.
On a massive scale
Exhibitor and trade analyst Akshaye Rathi believes that 2.0 is going to be regarded as one of the most expensive movies ever made in India due to its highly expensive VFX effects and robots as well as all other kinds of creatures. The landing cost for Baahubali 2 is going to be around Rs 175 crore to 180 crores. The makers of Robot sequel have scaled up their budget as it features the awesome combination of Shankar, Akshay, Rajinikanth and AR Rahman. Due to this reason, they need to play a costly game together. When it comes to VFX and modern technology, the movie is going to be made on the grandest scale ever. Since it is being directed by Shankar who is such a powerful creator in his own right, it is quite natural that the new movie is going to be made on such a huge scale. The addition of Akshay to the 2.0 cast is bound to keep the audience enticed and awestruck for more.
Why is 2.0 so expensive?
As announced by the filmmakers last year, the expected production cost of Rs 350 crore for the film will make it the costliest film to have ever been made in Indian cinema. Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar is going to be the antagonist for the film. He usually charges somewhere around Rs 45 crore for every film.
Numerous international experts and technicians have been included in the production team for the unique stunt sequences. There is going to be a particular fight sequence included in the film which alone has amounted to about Rs 20 crore. This fight between Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth is said to be the most exciting sequence of the movie and will form a part of the film’s climax.
It took three hours for Akshay to put all the make-up on and then an hour to finally remove it. Akshay is going to play the role of Dr. Richards who is going to turn into a crow due to the ramifications of an experiment gone wrong. His drastic makeover was done by Sean Foot, the renowned Hollywood makeup artist who previously worked with James Cameron in his movie Avatar. This particular makeup cost about Rs 4 crore.
The 2.0 movie first look for Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar was revealed at a Mumbai event last week in 3-D to attract the attention of national media. The launch of the first look was done with Rs 6 crores budget on gigantic LCD screens that were placed all around the venue at this mega launch. Marketing costs for 2.0 is believed to be somewhere around Rs 40 crore.