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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.

 

– by Vedia Kakar of NewsGram

 

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2018 in Retrospect: Super Year Filled With Superhero Films

With films like "Avengers: Endgame", "Men in Black International","Angry Birds 2" in the pipeline, there is no sign of superhero fatigue setting in anytime soon.

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The year undoubtedly belonged to Disney with two mighty releases in 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Black Panther'.

From “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Mission: Impossible Fallout”, “Deadpool 2”, “Black Panther”, “Venom” to “Aquaman” — 2018 was a big year for superhero films and big franchises in India,

“It has been a phenomenal year for Hollywood with mega hits like ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Black Panther’ — besides giving Bollywood movies released alongside a run for their money; it has resulted in increased market share for Hollywood,” Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, told IANS.

According to Vivek Krishnani, MD, Sony Pictures Entertainment India, the business grew about 12-13 per cent over last year.

While Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Deadpool came back to take forward their adventures, there were some fresh superheroes like Black Panther, Venom and Aquaman who opened a new chapter.

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The “Deadpool” actor of Indian origin says it is a great time for people of colour in Hollywood, but he cannot say the same for the entire US, especially under Donald Trump’s presidency. Pixabay

The year started with the entry of African superhero Black Panther. The Marvel Studios’ film, featuring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero, registered an opening collection of over Rs 7 crore when it released in February.

But “Avengers: Infinity War” — which brought together 22 superheroes to fight supervillain Thanos — turned out to be the game changer. The film crossed Rs 292 crore (Gross Box Office collection) in India. It opened in the country in April.

Reflecting on the successful year, Bikram Duggal, Head – Studio Entertainment, Disney India, said: “Fans loved the high-octane superhero action drama in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, making it the highest Hollywood grosser in the country and the same audience took to animation as a family entertainer when they embraced the story of a unique family in ‘Incredibles 2’.”

For film and trade business expert Girish Johar, the success of “Avengers: Infinity War” marks a “huge achievement for Hollywood films in India which were earlier only including two to five per cent of the total revenue pie”.

Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2

“The total revenue pie contribution from mere five to seven per cent, has become 15 per cent. That is a very strong holding,” he added.

At a time when Salman Khan’s “Race 3”, Aamir Khan’s “Thugs of Hindostan” and Shah Rukh Khan’s “Zero” fell flat at the box office, larger than life stories from Hollywood gave people a reason to come to the theatres.

“As compared to its Bollywood counterpart, the performance was better as far as movies which had big stars featured in it, whereas Bollywood did have a few failures even with big stars featuring in it,” said Dhruv S Sinha, who looks after overseas and Hollywood business for Reliance Entertainment.

It proved, once again, that content is the bigger star in showbiz.

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Zero Movie Poster

“What has worked with the audience is the storytelling, the content, the visual effects – essentially wholesome entertainment that audience has been longing for,” Singh said.

Krishnani pointed out “whether it is English or local content, people are smart enough to understand what is good content and what is not”.

Added Sinha: “Learning has been very similar with both Hollywood and Hindi films that audience is accepting films which are content driven.”

Be it Tom Cruise’s return as a spy in Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible Fallout”, Chris Pratt’s jungle ride in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, Tom Hardy’s “Venom”, fun packed family adventure with Disney.Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” or Jason Momoa’s aquatic affair with “Aquaman” — there was action, romance, drama, comedy and lots of entertainment in the stories that came to life on the big screen.

If we open the number chart for Hollywood films at the Indian box office this year, then, according to Warner Bros Pictures India, films which made the year remarkable for the banner were: “The Nun” (Rs. 62.50 crore), “Aquaman” (over Rs 34.16 crore) and “Rampage” (Rs 35.20 crore).

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Aquaman

For Viacom18 Motion Pictures, “Mission: Impossible Fallout” — which minted Rs 109.1 crore — made the year worthwhile. Other notable releases from the studio included Matt Damon’s “Downsizing” and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place”.

Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” turned out to be profitable for Fox Star Studios as the film collected Rs. 77 crore in India.

In the department for the shrills and thrills, films like “The Nun” and “”Insidious: The Last Key” fared well in the report card. Films like “A Star is Born”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Ant-Man And The Wasp” also captured the audience’s attention.

Breaking down the business, Ashish Saksena, Chief Operating Officer-Cinemas, BookMyShow, said: “The year undoubtedly belonged to Disney with two mighty releases in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Black Panther’. Besides these two superhero films, ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ and year closing releases ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ conquered the box office.

“There were encouraging signs with some of the quieter releases ending up doing great business in India like ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, clearly showing that market for Hollywood has expanded beyond just big budget tentpole releases.”

Antman and the Wasp
Antman and the Wasp

Whether it was building campaigns in Hindi to dubbing in regional languages — ‘desi’ touch to the foreign content contributed to the growing business.

“Dubbing of Hollywood movies in regional languages is another factor that has contributed to their success and in reaching out to a bigger audience,” said Devang Sampat, Director, Strategic Alliances, Cinepolis India.

On new learnings, Krishnani said: “2018 has shown that high concept films if they have audience connect then they will bring audiences to the theatres. It has forced a lot of people to go back to the drawing board and re-look the content.”

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Sinha feels “niche Hollywood content still has difficulties and its own challenges and acceptance at box-office”.

With films like “Avengers: Endgame”, “Men in Black International”, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, “Angry Birds 2”, “Jumanji” sequel, “The Turning” and “X-MEN: Dark Phoenix” in the pipeline, there is no sign of superhero fatigue setting in anytime soon. (IANS)