‘Kalki 2898 AD’ Is the Most Expensive Indian Film of All Time and It Looks Amazing! Check Out the Trailer!

'Kalki 2898 AD' Is the Most Expensive Indian Film of All Time and It Looks Amazing! Check Out the Trailer!

We don’t often write about Indian films here on Fiction Horizon so when we actually get the chance to do so, it implies that we are writing about something truly exciting and fasctinating. In this case, this implication is definitely true as we are going to report on the most expensive Indian film ever made, the sci-fi epic Kalki 2898 AD, which was recently released in India and is trending around the world. As we have said, the film is – with an estimated ₹600 crore (US$72 million) production budget – the most expensive Indian film of all time and it seems that Hollywood should be afraid of what is coming from Bollywood!

The movie was initially scheduled for a May 2024 premiere, but due to post-production taking a bit longer, it was officially released to very positive reviews on June 27, 2024. As the film is preparing to conquer the world, we have decided to tell you more about it and show you the epic-looking trailer.

As far as the promised trailer is concerned, no official English version has been released as of the time of writing, but that won’t stop us from providing you with a proper trailer so you can, at least, check out the visuals. Here it is:

To be honest, we have to admit that the movie, indeed, does look absolutely amazing and that Bollywood has really done an amazing job with Kalki, and with a significantly lower budget than standard Hollywood films have. This is akin to the situation we had with Godzilla Minus One, which was an enormous global hit that even won an Oscar, although the production budget was a “mere” $10 million, significantly less than any major American production. In that aspect, Kalki could very well repeat the success of the Japanese masterpiece, although they are two very different projects.

And if you think it’s just us, the critics on Rotten Tomatoes are also satisfied, with the film currently standing at 72%, with a high 94% audience rating. Here are some of the comments:

“[A] wildly uneven mashup of everything from Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” to Marvel Comics movies, underpinned by elements from the Hindu epic poem “Mahabharata.”

Joe Leydon, Variety

“It’s all a lot, as they say, but those with a taste for maximalism will swoon over the goods on offer here.”

Leslie Felperin, Guardian

“Goofy, over-earnest, and just good enough where it counts, “Kalki 2898 AD” outdistances its competition simply by digging deeper than expected into its patchy lore’s rich melodramatic turf.”

Simon Abramns, RogerEbert.com

Kalki will arrive in the West soon enough and we will be able to check it out. But until then, we can only say – Hollywood beware, as the Eastern competition is becoming better and better.

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