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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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Film ‘Ranchi Diaries’ Team Meets Jharkhand CM Ahead of its Release

'Ranchi Diaries' is releasing on October 13

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The cast of Ranchi Diaries with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. ians

Ranchi, October 4, 2017 : Actor Anupam Kher along with the team of his forthcoming production venture “Ranchi Diaries” on October 3 met Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

The team of Ranchi Diaries – including actors Himansh Kohli and Soundarya Sharma and writer-director Sattwik Mohanty – met Das to thank him for the support that the government extended to the film.

“In the last couple of years, the Jharkhand government has been very forthcoming and supportive of the films that are being made to spread awareness about the cultural heritage and tourism of the state,” Anupam said in a statement.

“We are very fortunate to have been given this (support) by the CM. It was a pleasure meeting him today (Tuesday). He also said that they are trying to make the film tax free since the whole film is shot here,” he added.

“Ranchi Diaries” follows the story of “Gudiya”, played by debutante Soundarya and her friends, Taaha Shah and Himansh , who are out to make it big in a small town (Ranchi). It is Anupam’s first production.

The film ‘Ranchi Diaries’ is releasing on October 13. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Bollywood Megastars Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan Promote New Short-film ‘Vaadi-e-Kashmir’

Kashmir's mountains, greenery and the beautiful shikaras; Vaadi-e-Kashmir aims to touch the heart of the Kashmiri brothers and sisters

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Vaadi-e-Kashmir aims to make our brothers and sisters in Kashmir feel that the rest of the country stands with them. YouTube

Kashmir, September 7, 2017 : Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and veteran actress-politician Hema Malini have featured in “Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, a short film aimed at spreading the message of oneness.

“As an Indian, this film is my attempt to reach out to Kashmir and touch the hearts of our brothers and sisters in the valley,” Hema, who has also curated the film, said in a statement.

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Veteran actress-politician Hema Malini has featured in “Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, a short film aimed at spreading the message of oneness. IANS
‘Vaadi-e-Kashmir’ will make you fall in love with the people of Kashmir 

“Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, which captures the valley’s beauty and people, is supported by KENT RO Systems Ltd, and has music and lyrics by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar. It is directed by filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar and conceptualised by Praveen Kenneth, Chairman – Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi.

Talking about his experience of shooting the film over two weeks in Kashmir, Sarkar said in statement: “Falling in love at the age of 62 years is possible… It happened to me when I went and met Kashmir. Though it was my first trip to Kashmir, it seemed like I knew the place.”

“The warm and friendly people just make you feel at home instantly. In this film, I tried to capture her beauty… but I want to go back to capture her beauty unawares — and also to know her a little better. Believe it, we all need to know her a little better.”

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Amitabh gives a key message at the start of the movie, which showcases Kashmir’s mountains, greenery and shikaras.

The vision of the six minutes long film is to make our brothers and sisters in Kashmir feel that the rest of the country stands with them and also open many more doors to bring us closer to one another, said Mahesh Gupta, Chairman – KENT RO.

“Vaadi-e-Kashmir” also calls viewers to log on to www.dilsekashmir.com, a platform for the people across the nation to send a message of love to the people of Kashmir. (IANS)