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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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Films Reflecting Fashion Trends

Now, there are no barriers between film fashion and real-life dressing. In fact, films reflect real-life fashion as that is more identifiable to the movie buffs. It is mostly about denims, jeans, hot pants and what have you. But, to break the monotony and provide some comic relief, we have Ranveer Singh and his outrageous dresses

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The importance of short films in India rises up. Pixabay

BY VINOD MIRANI 

There always used to be a debate till not long ago whether films and filmstars inspired fashion in society or do they merely reflect fashion and trends in general.

Come to think of it, there has been no noticeable influence of films and filmstars on creating trends that the people followed except in certain phases. Initially in films, the men mostly followed western trends. Usually, they were dressed smartly in suits when it came to urban stories. Otherwise, Dhoti was the norm. And, the majority of the male urban population, by then, had adapted western garbs while the women still stuck to sari. Even the traditional Punjabi garb of women – the Shalwar Kameez – was still a long way away. Later, it came to be known as dress! If a woman was not wearing a sari, she was wearing a dress.

As for women, it was limited to a Sari whether she was romancing or playing a housewife. Tradition ruled. If there was an influence of Hollywood films, it was limited to male stars. All sorts of films were being made and a hero even donned a hat, which was not Indian. As it were, few followed filmstars when it came to trends in fashion. Society was too traditionally ingrained in customs.

So far, there was no debate on the people following fashion trends from films.
There was a single trend that was common to filmstars as well as youth of the 1950s and ‘60s.

I cannot say for sure who picked it from who. There was this hairstyle that actors like Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar sported, as did the men in the real life. This fashion must have been timebound since both the actors, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand, changed eventually.

As far as I can recall, Dev Anand changed it midway through the filming of his movie, “Guide”, and went on to retain the new hairdo for the rest of his life.

One would reckon that the debate over films followed life trends or whether the public followed films started roughly around the 1970s. In most cases, these were not followed as fashion. Rather, picking up an odd something that a hero did in a particular film.

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The Indian film industry may be the biggest in the world and the South film industry, combined in itself, outnumbers the Hindi films produced. Pixabay

The best example here was the checked – rather, designer – hat that Dev Anand sported in his musical hit, “Jewel Thief”. Actually, female stars inspired more fans to follow their hairstyles. The one that became a craze was filmstar Sadhna’s Chinese Cut with the patch of hair falling on her forehead. It came to be known as Sadhna Cut.

The other female hairstyle was called bouffant, a fluffy hairstyle, which was dubbed Chidiya Ka Ghosla (bird’s nest) in Hindi. Most heroines used it and so did women in real life, especially on special occasions.

The hat from “Jewel Thief” became such a rage that every next young lad was seen wearing it. After all, despite his seniority, Dev Anand had always been a youth icon. In fact, in Mumbai, he was known as the Matinee Idol. In those days, cinema halls ran four shows a day between 12 noon and 9 pm for new films. But, they screened old Hindi films in, what was called the matinee show, which started at around 10 am. These old films were screened at half the admission rates and were popular with collegians. Dev Anand, films were the most sought after. (In North, matinee shows meant 3 pm shows.)

India did not have the system of franchise when it came to film fashion or memorabilia as it happens in the West. Hence, the “Jewel Thief” hat, which would have sold in lakhs, brought no profits to the production house.

Another product that drew attention was the Rajdoot mini motorbike used in the film “Bobby”. The bike was a hit as was the film. However, the craze for the bike did not last long due to technical reasons, which only bike riders could define. Having experienced a ride many times, I tend to agree.

The thing about bikes was that, they were popular with the collegegoing youth but, their decision to ride a bike and the buying power rested with parents. Another product that took off after “Bobby” was the Bobby hairpin for girls. Sold in millions, it ensured no gain for the filmmaker.

Imitating star fashion was back with superstar Rajesh Khanna. The actor established himself as such a legend as an icon of romance, that just about everything about him was an inspiration for his fans. Rajesh Khanna’s costume designer devised a special kind of kurta for him because tucked-in shirts did not look good on him since he had big backside! The kurta he wore came to be known as the Guru kurta and became a rage. This was one fad that lasted for a long time.

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Of late, even the films that are being made and are working at the box office are those promoting social issues and nationalism. Pixabay

Khanna fans also tried to imitate his hairstyle. So much so that even actor Dharmendra decided to appoint Khanna’s hairstylist for himself.

While costumes and hairstyles did not always create trends, the stars’ costume designers (as their tailors were known), as well as barbers (known as hair stylists) benefitted the most. Stylo, Kachins, Lifestyles, Bada Saab were the prominent costume designers.

Kachin’s was the designer for Amitabh Bachchan. Usually, they preferred open collar shirt with a jacket for the hero. Costume designers were good at camouflaging the shortcomings of their stars. Bachchan, it was said (and seen), had a hugely drooping left shoulder. Kachins did well to pad it up. However, open collar was not made for frail Indian male physic and never caught up.

The sari was replaced with shalwar kameez for female stars. Yet, it did not get through to the women of the world. Finally, it did, with the era of tight churidar and tastefully designed kurtas which helped accentuate a heroine’s body. The mandatory chunni was done away with.

The best ambassador to carry these churidar kurtas in those days was Mumtaz, a huge star in her own right. The change to sari was made with a sexier way of wrapping it just above hips thereby making the woman’s hips more prominent. That has stayed.

Besides Mumtaz, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi were considered the most fashionable who could both carry any kind of dress. Also, influenced by Muslim social films, gharara and sharara became popular for a while but these were not day-to-day fashion and remained limited to special occasions like weddings.

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Can’t say if it is because of films or tradition, but the Punjabi Dress, as shalwar kameez are known, has been accepted as the all-India alternative to sari. That is, even most of the schools from the North to deep South, have accepted the dress as the school uniform for it covers the whole body even better than the sari does.

In between, there were other flashes of fashion that were much discussed in the media as well as public. One of them was Sharmila Tagore sporting a bikini in the film “An Evening In Paris” (1967). The other was Shashi Kapoor wearing bell bottom trousers in “Suhana Safar” (1970). Both created a debate. The thing with Bikini was that it did not have much use to Indian women while, when it came to bell bottoms, they were already in with the college lads; Shashi Kapoor may just have given them further boost.

Now, there are no barriers between film fashion and real-life dressing. In fact, films reflect real-life fashion as that is more identifiable to the movie buffs. It is mostly about denims, jeans, hot pants and what have you. But, to break the monotony and provide some comic relief, we have Ranveer Singh and his outrageous dresses. (IANS)