7ROBOT (INR: 132 CRORES)
Though ‘Robot’ (2010) was a Tamil-language science fiction film which released down south as ‘Enthiran’, it is included in the list because its Hindi version did stupendous business in the Hindi speaking belt. Featuring Rajnikant and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who were sharing the screen space for the first time, the movie was so big and splendid in its scale that it did not only get the attention of Indian audience but also the international audience and media. Completed over a period of two years, the entire film was shot at an eye popping budget of Rs. 200 crores. Rajinikanth alone charged Rs. 45 crores, while Aish took home a fat cheque of Rs. 6 crores. Another Rs. 50 crore was spent on the promotional activities of the film. Thanks to the excellent performances of Rajini and Aishwarya Rai and competent direction of S. Shankar, the film managed to recover its cost within no time.
The main reason behind the incredible success of ‘Robot’ was its visual effects and, of course, cinematography. A team of more than hundred people were hired to work on the special effects only. Cinematographer R. Rathnavelu captured the beautiful locations of Austria, Brazil and the United States in his camera and made the film look even more exotic. Released worldwide on 1 October 2010 in three languages –Tamil, Hindi and Telugu – the film did fabulous business in all languages. It made Rs. 300 crores in first two weeks itself.
After the rousing success of the film, director Shankar announced a sequel to it. And after years of hard work, he is finally set to release the next installment titled ‘2.0’ in October this year. Alongside Rajinikanth, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will also be seen in the film. He is playing an antagonist in the movie while Rajini will continue playing his character from the first part. The second installment of the film is being made at a whooping Rs. 450 crores, which is more than double of what was spent on ‘Robot’. The sequel is definitely going to get bigger and better.