If you’re a fan of South Asian films, then you’ll have noticed the sharp increase in the number of offerings at Golden Village – there’s one or two released every week. The production quality of such films has also skyrocketed, along with ever increasing budgets. Just look at 2.0 – it was made on a budget of USD $75 million. For reference, the recent Robin Hood film cost USD $100 million to produce.

Helmed by none other than Superstar Rajinikanth, 2.0 is the sequel to 2010’s Enthiran and looks absolutely amazing. But it’s not the first big budget blockbuster that’s made waves before. Here are some other notable South Asian films that were remarkable (and expensive) to make – just like 2.0.

1. Lagaan (2001) – USD $11 million

This cricket sports epic revolved around a battle for independence for the western Indian village of Champaner. Set in 1893, Lagaan was not only a commercial hit at the time, but it was also a critically acclaimed darling at international film festivals for its depiction of the colonial era and its themes of independence – and of course, the cricket games.

It had a a budget of 250 million rupees back in 2001, but pulled in an estimated 677 million rupees at the box office. If you’re a DC fan, you’ll spot a familiar face as one of the British villains – Captain Andrew Russell is played by a young(ish) Paul Blackthorne, who currently plays another Captain, Quentin Lance, on Arrow.

 

2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) – USD $17.6 million

Tearjerker Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was an epic family drama which literally spanned two time periods. It boasted a star-studded cast, with real-life couple Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan playing the patriarch and matriarch of the family, and Shah Rukh Khan as their estranged older son and Hrithik Roshan as their not-as-estranged younger son.

What made Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham so memorable is that its themes of family are still applicable, even today. It was a story about a son marrying a woman who was considered inferior in status, resulting in him being banished from the family by his father. Even though both father and son were longing to be reunited, their pride stood in the way.

So if you thought your father-in-law was bad, you should thank your lucky stars they weren’t as harsh as Amitabh Bachchan’s character.

 

3. Dhoom 3 (2013) – USD $34 million

Dhoom 3 was the third in the Dhoom series of action films, which featured fast cars, over the top stunts and insane explosions – a lot like the Fast and Furious series. It cost 175 crores (1.75 billion rupees) to make back in 2013, and it was significant for being the first Indian film to be released in IMAX theatres.

Although the story could get wacky at times, it had a catchy theme song – “Dhoom Machale”. Rumour has it that the sequel, Dhoom Reloaded, has met with some production issues, but we’re pretty sure it’ll boast another fun rendition of “Dhoom Machale”.

 

4. Thugs of Hindostan (2018) – USD $42 million

Pirate action-adventure film The Thugs of Hindostan was released just earlier this month, with Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan as the eponymous Thugs (also known as Thuggees) of the film.

In fact, the modern English word thug come from the Indian bandit group known as the Thugees. Outside of fiction, they were more than just pirates, being professional robbers and murderers. But we bet they lived the Thug Life – for real.

 

5. 2.0 (2018) – USD $75 million

If you thought that Thugs of Hindostan‘s USD $42 million budget was a jawdropper, 2.0 almost doubled that with its budget of USD $75 million. With none other than the Superstar himself in the lead role, 2.0 currently holds the title of the most expensive Indian film ever produced.

And the trailer itself shows us why it cost so much to make. It’s chockful of special effects, with the main superhero Chitti (Rajinikanth) himself taking the lion’s share of the CGI.

2.0. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

2.0. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In 2.0, the sequel to Enthiran, the sentient super robot Chitti (Rajinikanth) is recommissioned (after being dismantled and left at a museum in the previous film) to stop a mysterious Fifth Force that not even the world’s best scientists can understand. Akshay Kumar plays the villain (thus far unnamed), with female lead Amy Jackson playing Nila. It’s available in both Hindi and Tamil.

What exactly is this Fifth Force? Can Chitti stop it? Most importantly, who is the sinister new villain that plagues our planet?

One thing’s for sure – it’ll be something on Chitti 2.0 can defeat.

 

Credit: Golden Village Cinemas, IMDB

 

 

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