Kannada-language hit KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) was released in 2018 which was a big hit. The movie is a period action written and directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner Hombale films.
In 2018, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar of Excel Entertainment bought the Hindi rights of the Kannada hit movie, at that time little they knew that the film will turn out to be a virtual goldfield.
According to the sources, the film has made more than what the producers invested into this supposedly regional movie. In 2018, Excel had paid a pittance for the Hindi rights. That is not the so with sequel which is ready to release this year. Reportedly, the Hindi rights of KGF 2 have been sold to Excel for a whopping sum.
According to a source very close to the project, “When KGF was made we were not even thinking of a Hindi version. It was done at the last minute and sold to Excel for peanuts. Now things are very different. The investment for the sequel is at least 7 times more than the original. Of course, Excel has had to pay a lot more this time to acquire the rights.”