These five TV shows compete with Bollywood when it comes to scale

With Sony Entertainmentmaking ‘Porus’ on a budget of Rs. 500 crore, we take a look at other mega-budget shows which can give Bollywood serious competition with their potential

e4m by Dolly Mahayan
Updated: Aug 23, 2017 7:34 AM

The broadcasting industry is looking forward to Sony Entertainment Television’s magnum opus ‘Porus’ (produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary) not just for its stellar cast and sheer scale but also because this 260-episode show reportedly cost approximately Rs. 500 crore. it’s clear that the channels are not shying away from spending big bucks on production. The show is scheduled for an October-November launch. We take a look at other premium shows which have caught industry’s attention in the recent past.

‘Mahabharat’ on Star Plus (2013)

Made on a budget of Rs. 100 crores, ‘Mahabharat’ was said to be one of the most expensive shows back in 2013with expensive VFX, larger-than-life sets and elaborate costumes. The high production costs are also due to the outdoor shoots.It took four years for producer Siddharth Kumar to conceptualise it before the launch. Around 400 people worked on the show which was shot in Kashmir, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bedaghat, Ahmedabad, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

‘KarmafalDaata Shani’ on Colors (2016)

Spread across 65,000 square feet, the show had reportedly beatMahabharat to become the most expensive series on Indian television till date. There is no clear indication on the budget of ‘KarmafalDaata Shani’ but media reports mention more than 600 people working on the sets. The show was based on the representation of Lord Shaniin ancient Indian texts.

Bigg Boss on Colors (2015)

The list is incomplete without the mention of ‘Bigg Boss.’ If reports are to be believed, host Salman Khan charged Rs. 6-7 crores per episode. In season 9, makers of the show paid a whopping Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 2 crore to Karan Mehra and Rimi Sen respectively to stay put. This happens to be more than the reported prize money of Rs. 35 lakh.

24 (Season 2) on Colors (2016)

Anil Kapoor starrer ’24,’one of the most expensive fiction shows in the Hindi GEC genre,  happens to cost Rs. 2 crore per episode. Last year, during its launch, Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, mentioned spending 20 times of a regular fiction propertyon ’24.’ Due to its premium nature, the channel had put the ad rate at anaverage of Rs. 3.5 to 4 lakh per 10 seconds (for the spot rate.)

Devon ke Dev Mahadev on Star Plus (2011)

Made at a cost of Rs. 14 lakh per episode, the mythology based show ‘Devon ke Dev Mahadev’ ran for nearly three years gaining several accolades. At one point, the TRP of the show reached 8.2. Costumes, lavish sets and graphic design worked in its favour.

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