The perfect costume can make or break a character’s look in the movie. And directors and designers are known to devote a good deal of their time and budget to finalizing the look of the main cast. And in the following cases, the perfect look also made a pretty big dent in the pockets of filmmakers:
1. Ra.One: ₹ 100 crore
At the time of its release, Ra.A broke the record for the most expensive Hindi film ever. And the costume department had a big role to play in that. Because according to reports, a single superhero costume in the movie costs around 4.5 crore. Since there were almost 20 different superhero costumes used in the movie, the collective cost was 100 crore.
2. Bajirao Mastani: ₹ 50 lakh
From the iconic ensemble of Aaina Mahal (inspired by Mughal-e-Azam) to bespoke jewelry worth 45 lakh, Sanjay Leela Bhansali once again left no stone unturned in creating this period drama. And according to reports, Deepika’s costumes alone cost 50 lakh.
3. Krrish 3: ₹ 1 crore
Kangana Ranaut wore tailored suits for her role in the film. Each costume costs 10 lakh, bringing the total budget for the costumes of 10 Kangana suits to 1 crore.
4. Tevar: ₹ 75 lakh
Although the film’s total costume budget is not known, only one song, Radha nachegi, apparently cost ₹ 2 crore, of which ₹ 75 lakh was just the cost of Sonakshi Sinha’s lehenga in the song.
5. Padmaavat: ₹ 20 lakh
Despite being embroiled in controversy, the film has proven to be a hit with audiences, with people raving about the brilliant performances, sets and costumes. Designed by Delhi-based designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula, one of the costumes weighed around 30kg and cost ₹ 20 lakh. It was the costume Deepika wore for the 100 days of filming.
6. Devdas: ₹ 15 lakh
At the time of its release, news of the exorbitant price tag for the film’s sets (around 20 crore) overshadowed the fact that Madhuri Dixit’s outfits in the film cost nearly 15 lakh per piece. The outfits weighed between 10 and 30 kg, and designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla won the national award for their work in Devdas.
7. Jodhaa Akbar: ₹ 14 lakh
Made with an overall budget of 40 crores, Jodhaa Akbar won Neeta Lulla the national award for best costume design. Lulla, who designed not only for the main pair but for the entire cast, took over a year to prepare for the film. Apparently, each costume Hrithik wore cost 12 lakh, while Aishwarya’s costumes cost ₹ 2 lakh each, excluding the cost of jewelry.
8. Kambakkht Ishq: ₹ 8 lakh (for a dress)
While everyone soon forgot about the movie, it was much harder to forget that a single dress Kareena wore in the movie cost 8 lakh and was specially ordered in Paris by producer Sajid Nadiadwala. The dress, which Kareena wore in the title song, was reportedly given to her later.
Talk about expensive fashion!