The Marathi film industry has gone through remarkable changes in recent days. Some movies have gone big in terms of money. In this list, you'll get to know the Top 10 Marathi movies with the highest budget. These movies have spent more money than the usual budget and dared to do something different. All these movies are a hit and got all their investments back. They tried to do something different, and people loved it. These movies show us how the Marathi film industry has changed. Below is the list of Marathi cinema's most expensive movies.
Thackeray is a drama and biographical movie written and directed by
. This movie was released on 25 January 2019 on the occasion of the 93rd birthday of Bal Thackeray. In this movie,
is in the lead role, playing the iconic political figure Bal Thackeray.
plays the role of Meena Tai Thackeray, Bal Thackeray's wife, in the movie. Other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao, other notable actors in the film are
Laxman Singh Rajput
, who portray various characters connected to Bal Thackeray's life and the political events that happened in his life. The picture provides a cinematic portrayal of the events and controversies that shaped Bal Thackeray's political career. This movie’s budget was 30 crore rupees.
2. Lai Bhari
Lai Bhaari is an action film that was released in 2014 in the Marathi language. It was directed by
. The picture showcases
in the lead role. He played dual characters as Prince and Mauli, two contrasting personalities. This action-packed film revolves around themes of justice, revenge, and family bonds. This film marks the entry of Riteish Deshmukh in Marathi cinema. The picture became a massive success at that time and broke many records, including the highest television viewership in Maharashtra. Lai Bhari took 15 crores for filming and marketing.
Ved was released on 30 December 2022 and became a superhit. It is an Indian Marathi-language romantic drama movie. The film’s budget was 15 crores rupees. Ved is directed by Riteish Deshmukh in his directorial debut and produced by his wife and also the lead actress, Genelia D'Souza. With this movie,
debuted in Marathi and Hindi films.
also played a supporting role. It is a remake of the Telugu language romantic drama movie Majili. With a total box office collection of rupees 75 crores, this movie became the 4th highest-grossing Marathi film of all and the time highest-grossing Marathi film of 2022, surpassing Riteish Deshmukh's movie, Lai Bhaari.
4. Sarsenapati Hambirro
directs Sarsenapati Hambirrao. It is produced by
, and Dharmendra Bora under the production house Urvita Productions. It was made in 15 crore rupees. This movie is a historical war film released in Marathi language. The film showcases Pravin Tarde in the lead role. Along with Pravin Tarde, this picture also stars
. The movie is based on the life of Hambirrao Mohite, the chief military Commander of the Maratha Empire. The film was released in theaters on 27 May 2022.
Pawankhind is a 2022 Indian Marathi-language historical action-drama film directed by
and produced by Almonds Creations in association with AA Films. This picture showcases the life of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, a great warrior of the Maratha empire. This movie also has stars like
, Mrinal Kulkarni,
playing supporting roles. This movie became the 2nd highest-grossing picture of 2022 and the 6th all-time highest-grossing Marathi movie. This movie was a huge commercial success, earning around 43 crore rupees. 10 crore rupees was the budget of the film.
Subhedar is a historical Marathi drama movie directed and written by Digpal Lanjekar. It is the fifth installment of Shivraj Ashtak and is based on the life of Subhedar Tanaji Malusare. Stars like Ajay Purkar, Chinmay Mandlekar, and Mrinal Kulkarni played lead roles in the movie. This movie has collected over 12 crores, making it 2nd highest-grossing Marathi film of 2022. This film portrays the war between Subhedar Tanaji Malusare and Udaybhan Rathore, which was fought at the Kondhana Fort, after which it was renamed Sinhagad. The budget of the movie was 10 crore rupees.
7. Har Har Mahadev
Har Har Mahadev is a historical drama action Marathi language movie. This film was made in 10 crore rupees. In this movie, portrays the role of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, a great Maratha warrior, and
plays the role of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It showcases the epic battle fought between 300 Maratha soldiers and 12000 Bijapuri soldiers. It became the 4th highest-grossing film in 2022 with a total box office collection of 25 crores. It was written and directed by Abhijeet Deshpande and produced by Zee Studios.
Dhamaveer is a 2022 Indian Marathi language film that revolves around the life of Anand Dighe, a leader in the political party Shiv Sena. It is a biographical political drama movie. Dharmaveer movie is written and directed by Pravin Tarde.
worked as Anand Dighe in this film, and along, with Prasad Oak, Makarand Paddhye, Snehal Tarde,
, and , also played the lead roles. The film collected nearly 29 crores and became the 3rd highest-grossing movie that year. And it was only made in 10 crore rupees.
9. Sher Shivraj
Sher Shivraj was released on 22 April 2022. It is also a historical action-drama Marathi language movie that showcases the brilliant tactics and immense courage of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and how he defeated
. The film’s trailer was also shown through the metaverse technology, which became the 1st Marathi movie trailer shown through the metaverse. The picture features stars like Chinmay Mandlekar in the lead role and Ajay Purkar and
, along with
, Mrinal Kulkarni, and
in supporting roles. Sher Shivraj’s budget was 10 crore rupees.
10. Pyar Vali Love Story
Pyar Vali Love Story is a romantic drama Marathi language movie. It was one of the most awaited Marathi movies at that time. The film’s budget was 8 crore rupees. It was released in 2014 and collected over 12 crore rupees in a lifetime. It was directed and written by
. “Pyar Vali Love Story” demonstrates the story of two lovers of different religions, played by
and . It also features Upendra Limaye, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Urmila Kanetkar-Kothare, and Nagesh Bhosale.