Rajinikanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer costliest film in India
Mumbai: Tamil mega star Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer bilingual film `Endhiran` is being touted as the costliest film of India with a budget of Rs 150 crore.
The film, which will be released this September in Tamil and Hindi (Robot), has been in the making for over two years and has been shot in exotic locations like Vienna in Austria, Machu Picchu in Peru, US and Brazil.
Rajinikanth, 60, loved by audiences for his flamboyant style onscreen, plays a double role of a scientist and robot in the film.
The movie boasts of an impressive foreign crew that has costume designer E Vogt and stunt coordinator Yuen Woo Ping. According to industry sources, the budget of the film is double of the action entertainer `Blue`, which had a budget of Rs 75 crore.
The 40 per cent of the cost has been spent on the special effects in the science-fiction film, which has been directed by S Shankar and produced by Sun TV owner Kalanithi Maran. Film`s music is by Oscar-winner A R Rahman.
Some of the other films, known for their extravagant budget include K Asif`s evergreen historical love story, `Mughal-e-Azam`. The film took nine years in the making and cost Rs 12 crore in 1960. Kamal Amrohi`s historical film `Razia Sultan` starring Hema Malini cost around Rs 23 crore in 1983 and Yash Chopra`s action thriller `Dhoom-2` is said to be
made on a budget of Rs 55 crore.