252 days, Rs 300 cr: Hrithik’s 'Mohenjo Daro' was apparently costly in terms of both money and time
It is not hidden from anyone how period movies demand a huge budget. Recreating a bygone era on the silver screen requires a big budget. The sets, the costumes and the props, all are required to come at par with the era; something which somewhat burns a hole in the pockets of the producers.
While shedding money on these period movies is as it is daunting, actor Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ apparently became even costlier for the producers. Media reports have it that this movie shot up in terms of budget because of Hrithik’s injury.
Post Hrithik’s injury the movie got delayed adding to the cost of the movie. A source close to the development told the leading daily,
“The film’s initial budget was Rs 150 crore, but it ended up costing almost double because of Hrithik getting injured. His surgeries delayed the shoot, thus causing a lot of loss for the producers (Sunita Gowariker and Siddharth Roy Kapur). The actor had refused to shoot in Bhuj after his surgery as the temperature there had reached 48 degrees, so they had to shift the location to Naigaon. It’s only after he recovered that he agreed to shoot in Bhuj again.”
The source also added that the movie was shot in multiple locations including Kunariya and the logistics of the entire cast and crew cost a truck load of money.
The report also added that the movie was shot over a span of 252 days.
If this report holds truth, then ‘Mohenjo Daro’ will become one of the costliest movies of Bollywood.
Now, media reports also have it that ‘Mohenjo Daro’ has recovered almost Rs 60 crores from its satellite and music rights. This amount was being touted as close to half of the total money spent on making the movie. However, if the movie is actually made on a budget of Rs 300 crore, then this amount doesn’t hold much of a significance as the movie will have to do really well at the box office to recover the cost.
Let us see what this Friday and the days after that have in store of this Ashutosh Gowariker directorial.