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.
Rajini is going straight into the A-league, reportedly netting Rs 45 crore for the movie, which is second only to Jackie Chan, in all of Asia and a little less than what Tom Cruise got for his last film. Ash is pocketing a cool Rs 6 crore forEndhiran, making her the highest paid actress in the country.
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.
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