Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Rs 15 cr spent on lighting the sets?

The most extravaganza film of the year, ‘Sooraj Barjatya’s ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ is all set for Diwali release but it is learnt that Rs 15 crore was spent on lighting the film set.

"Director Sooraj Barjatya is known to spend lavishly on set design and since his upcoming film revolves around a royal family, he made it as opulent as it could get. Lights were an important element of the set design and the cost of illumination over the 258-day schedule has come to somewhere between Rs 13-15 crore," adds the unit source.

The film has been made on a whopping budget of around Rs 90 crore.

A source close to the production team says, "Exquisite and expensive lights were purchased for the shoot because Sooraj sir was clear about lending a grand look to the film. And with Salman deciding to let go of his fee, the director was able to spend generously on the production."

Record number of screens have been booked for 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' — 4,800-5,200 in India and 1,000-1,200 overseas. "Normally, big-ticket films are released on around 3500-4000 screens in the domestic market and 200-500 screens outside the country. However, Sooraj Barjatya's marketing team have set an ambitious target and want to cash in on the Diwali fervour.

The film has been hugely publicised since Salman Khan and Barjatya have teamed up after a decade and half, and the team wants to make the most of it," a source says. The film's spokesperson confirms the story and says, "Yes, it is one of the biggest releases in India as well as the overseas market."