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10 Small Budget Indian Films that prove you Don’t need Superstars or High Budgets to sell it!

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April 22, 2017: When talked about movies, people always fancy superstars, big budgets, exotic locations, stunning visuals and so on. Does that mean small budget films fail to entertain people or deliver quality story?

Here is a List of 10 low budget films that made noise at the box office and conquered many hearts due to its amazing content and simplicity and brilliant performances. 

  1. RAMAN RAGHAV

The film is inspired from the gangster, Raman Raghav who used to use steel rods to reduce human faces into skulls. The film which was directed by Anurag Kashyap stars Nawazudin Siddiqui. The movie had the mere budget of 3.5 crore but made it big to the 6.8 crore mark. The film was shot using the guerrilla movement and it seriously impacted Siddiqui’s health. Though the story could have been a cliché it received widely acclaimed famed from the masses as well as the critics

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  1. KHOSLA KA GHOSLA

It is a hindi-comedy film drama which to the surprise of everyone was a huge hit in the box office. The film was produced with the budget of 3.7 crores and earned about 36 crores. The film revolves around a man called Kamal Kishore Khosla whose plot has been encroached by the property dealer Khurrana. The film which is directed by Dibarkar Banerjee stars Anupam Kher and Boman Irai in the lead.

 

  1. KAHAANI

Without a big Bollywood star, Vidya Balan managed to sway the audience with her superlative performance. She won the hearts of many and got to the peak of her career. The film which was made with the mere budget of 8 crores went on to generate 78 crores. A film in which a pregnant woman goes on the search for her missing husband could have been cliché but the plot twist made all of us think twice.

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7.TERE BIN LADEN

The film is a satire comedy, with a different take on terrorism and Osama Bin Laden.The film stars the Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar, who is a reporter for a local channel in Karachi, Pakistan. The film which was made with a mere budget of 5 crores earned nearly up to 15 crores.

 

 

  1. PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA

The film which was directed by National Award winning director Subhash Kapoor was made with a budget of 6 crores but went on to earn 19 crores at the box office. In the movie, the protagonist Om is hilariously kidnapped and is changed hands by several gangsters who want to extract all his money without knowing that he is bankrupt. The movie ends with every character satisfied and especially the audience

 

5.VICKY DONOR

The film which kickstarted careers of two actors and used a social stigma as a theme, like Vicky Donor is rare. The film which was directed by Shoojit Sircar casts Ayushman Khurana and Yami Gautam. The film which was made on a mere budget of 5 crores managed to raise up to 65 crores in the box office.

 

  1. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR

It is a crime-thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movie portrays strong acting by Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazzudin Siddiqui and Huma Qureshi. The movie made at 9.8 crores budget was able to earn more than 27 crores at the box office. It is considered by many as a modern cult film as it shows disharmony and dominance among communities.

 

  1. A WEDNESDAY

The movie is an Indian thriller film set between 2 pm- 6 pm on a Wednesday. The movie which featured Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher strongly conveyed the message about the power of the common people. The movie which is filled with mystery will keep you entertained till the end.

 

2. PYAA KA PUNCHNAMA

With not a single superstar this movie still fared better than most movies in Bollywood. The story which could have been mediocre was enhanced by great dialogue delivery and an entertaining script. The film which was made on a budget of 7 crores earned more than 17 crores as a hit.

 

  1. QUEEN

The movie which was shot in France at the minutest of budgets crossed the  100-crore mark. Queen stars Kangana Ranaut as Rani Mehra who is a sheltered and underconfident girl. Rani who gets ditched by her fiancé a few days before her marriage goes on her honeymoon all alone to Paris. The trip makes her get out of her comfort zone and love herself for who she is.

 

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Akshay Kumar Wants To Be A Part Of Hindi Remake Of Marathi Film “Balak Palak”

Akshay Kumar says he wants to be a part of the Hindi remake of Marathi film “Balak Palak”

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Akshay Kumar, who has turned presenter for “Chumbak”, believes Marathi cinema is way ahead of Bollywood when it comes exploring complex stories. “The content of Marathi cinema is no doubt better than Hindi cinema. Also, they (Marathi cinema) are much bolder. I have seen ‘Balak Palak’ and I have enjoyed watching it. It is a bold film, they (Marathi cinema) create (good) content and that too bold,” Akshay said during the trailer launch of “Chumbak”.

The film, directed by Sandeep Modi, stars Swanand Kirkire and teen actors Sangram Desai and Sahil Jadhav. “This film has travelled to several film festivals and got lot of acclaim. That has not happened with my films. My films have not gone to festivals and I felt I should give my name to this film as the content is really good. I have been acting for 28 years but I haven’t seen such a beautiful and real performance like that of Swanand Kirkire.”

Not for money

Actor-producer Akshay Kumar says that he did not produce the forthcoming Marathi film “Chumbak” with the intention to earn money at box office. Asked what prompted him to associate his name with “Chumbak”, Akshay said: “I don’t want to earn money by producing this film. I do lot of films through which I earn money and this film is not one of them. This film will show you right path. I have seen many films, but not every time, I want to associate myself with the film, but this film touched my heart. The kind of message that this film gives, these are the things what I would like to teach my children. I feel people should pass on this to their children so that they can learn what is right and what is wrong.”

The actor said he is keen to be a part of meaningful films. “I could have done ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and earned three times the money, I earned for ‘PadMan’. The idea is not about earning, but I thought of talking about women’s problems. I can earn money by doing other kind of films, but I want to do these kind of films.”

Akshay, on his part, believes the market for regional cinema is growing. “‘Sairat’ has done great business. Even Riteish Deshmukh’s last Marathi film did well. I am not looking for business in this film (‘Chumbak’).”

The message

About the message given in “Chumbak”, Akshay said: “I feel parents should take their children to watch this film because it tells you that there are two ways to lead a life, one is right path and another is wrong. In that, you have to choose what path is correct for you and that’s what the journey of the characters in this film.”

The film, starring renowned lyricist Kirkire, is a story of friendship between a 15-year-old table-cleaning-waiter-boy Baalu and his chance encounter with a 45-year-old mentally slow man Prasanna that forces him to make a choice between his dreams and morality.

Akshay Kumar says he wants to be a part of the Hindi remake of Marathi film “Balak Palak”
Akshay Kumar says he wants to be a part of the Hindi remake of Marathi film “Balak Palak”. Wikimedia commons

Remaking a film

Akshay Kumar says he wants to be a part of the Hindi remake of Marathi film “Balak Palak”, which was produced by his close actor-producer friend Riteish Deshmukh. “There was a film which I watched…’Balak Palak’… and it’s really a bold film. I think Marathi cinema is much bolder in its content and doesn’t shy away from presenting taboo subjects. I would like to remake that film.”

Akshay has acted in socially-relevant films like “PadMan” and “Toilet- Ek Prem Katha”. Asked if he wants to continue doing such films, he quipped: “Now I am also going to do one more social film called ‘Housefull 4’. I like doing all kinds of cinema. I don’t have a particular image and I don’t want to tag myself. I keep on breaking my image all the time and it always comes as a challenge for me. As an actor also, it keeps you going,” he added.

Also read: Actor Naseeruddin Shah Says, 50 Years From Now Cinema Halls Would Be Found In Museums

The actor will be next seen in Reema Kagti’s historical period sports drama “Gold” and Shankar’s science fiction film “2.0”. (IANS)