In the time where Bollywood filmmakers are spending the heavy budget on the making of their movies, with no thought how their film will perform in the cinematic world, there are a few producers who deliver successful films at the nominal budget. Check out some of the Bollywood’s low spending films which went ahead to end up blockbusters.
10 – PAAN SINGH TOMAR
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar is a biographical film, based on the true story of an athlete of the same name, who later became a bandit to protect his family. Irrfan Khan plays the title role, with Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the supporting cast. The film won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.
The film was released on 2 March 2012 and made a poor collection of Rs 85 lacks on its opening day, but later on, word of mouth publicity worked and the film emerged as a super hit at the box-office with a domestic collection of 12 crores. Made on a shoestring budget of Rs. 4.5 crores, the film made a lifetime worldwide collection of Rs 20 crores.
A mystery thriller film Kahaani, produced and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, in which Vidya Baalan played a role of a pregnant woman, searching for her missing husband in Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja with the help of supporting actors Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 8 crores, the film released in 2012 to a critical acclaim and received extremely well by the critics and audiences. Though the mystery-thriller took off to a slow start at the box-office but with excellent word of mouth publicity, the film picked up remarkably and earned a profit around Rs 80 crores.
8 – THE LUNCHBOX
A simple and sweet romantic film ” The Lunchbox” written and directed by Ritesh Batra, starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, is one of those rare cinematic masterpieces of Hindi cinema which are not produced very often in Bollywood. Made on a budget of Rs 22 crores, the film earned Rs 1.25 crores on the first day of opening and end up with a massive lifetime collection of more than Rs 100 crores.
The film was screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and later won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
7- KHOSLA KA GHOSLA
The comedy-drama film ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, made on an extremely small budget, marked the directorial debut of Dibakar Banerjee. The film has Anupam Kher and Boman Irani in lead character. The director was given a meagre amount to take his film on floors. Accordingly, the script and the setting of the film were such that it did not really require to be shot on a big scale. A simple story of a middle-class man whose plot is usurped by a corrupt and crooked man needed to be told simply but subtly. The captain of the ship, Dibakar Banerjee, did the same. He fine-tuned his script, chose the perfect cast and worked a lot on editing. And the final result of all this was a crisp and thoroughly entertaining film ”Khosla Ka Ghosla’, which went on to win the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi.
The success of ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ proved it once again that you don’t need to have a big budget to make a successful film, what all you need to have is a good concept and confidence to create a beautiful film out of that concept. ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ was made on a shoestring budget of around Rs. 3.75 crores, and its low budget resulted in massive box office profits. The film earned over Rs. 7 crores at the domestic box-office and became a hit film.
6 -TANU WEDS MANU
Starring Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan and Jimmy Shergill in lead roles, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ emerged as the second most successful film of 2011. In spite of the ongoing Cricket World Cup and student exams in most parts of the country, the Anand L. Rai directorial registered an impressive occupancy and went on to earn a lot of love from the viewers.
In its first week itself, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ pulled in a whopping amount of 18.5 crores. After minting Rs. 18.5 crores in the first week, the film added Rs. 8 crores in the second week, taking its two week total to Rs. 27.25 crores. The film remained consistent in the third week also and pulled in another Rs. 5 crores. In its fourth week, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ raked in Rs. 3.5 crores, taking its four-week collections to Rs. 36 crores net. Many had scoffed at the makers’ decision to release the movie during Cricket World Cup but the stupendous success of the film proved them all wrong as ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ took in over Rs. 56 crores at the domestic box-office on a Rs. 15 crores budget.
5 – TALVAAR
Directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by writer-director Vishal Bhardwaj, ‘Talvar’ was inspired by the true event of the 2008 Noida double murder case which shook the entire nation. Without taking any sides and being judgmental in her portrayal of events, the director presented all facts and minute details related to the case in an intriguing and engaging manner. The film was released across 625 screens on 2nd October 2015. Initially, it took off to a slow start at the box-office, but as the excellent word of mouth publicity started setting in after a couple of shows, the audience came into action and queued up in front of the ticket counter to buy tickets for the movie. The film raked in Rs. 02.50 crores on its opening day. The first weekend earnings of the film stood at Rs. 9.50 crores. Continuing its outstanding performance in the weekdays also. After an excellent week at the box-office, the film remained steady in the second weekend also and collected a handsome amount of Rs. 5.05 crores, taking its total to a grand Rs. 22.55 crores. After its two week run, the film had made a net collection of Rs. 26.00 crores. In its three weeks run at box office, a collection of ‘Talvar’ stood at Rs 29.33 crore which was phenomenal for a movie made on a shoestring budget.
4 – UDAAN
On its opening day, ‘Udaan’ could rake in mere Rs. 28 lakhs, despite receiving excellent reviews from almost all the critics. But it picked up really well on the second and third day. Resultantly, the film minted Rs. 1.28 crores by the end of its first weekend run at the ticket window. Considering the budget and the target audience of the film, it was a good weekend collection, if it is not great.
‘Udaan’, which was produced by Anurag Kashyap in association with UTV Motion Pictures, had won a lot of acclaim at Cannes Film Festival in 2010. This helped the film in India a lot. Upon its release on home ground, the film went on to attract the audience from many corners, despite being an out-and-out niche film initially released in only 225 screens. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, ‘Udaan’ boasted of some amazing performances, especially by Rajat Barmecha and Ronit Roy. Made on a budget of Rs. 4.5 crores, the film did the business of only Rs. 4.21 crores in the Indian market. But if we also take into account the overseas earning of the movie, it was a plus affair for the makers. Neither did they lose much money, nor did they earn big. In spite of its average performance, ‘Udaan’ made a profit by selling its television rights. Since its release in 2010, the film has seen several TV repeats and is on the way to gain a cult status.
3 -PHAS GAYA RE OBAMA
‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’, a satirically delicious comedy film directed by Subhash Kapoor, hit screens in 2010. The film garnered good reviews from critics and the audience too showered its love on the film amply. Eventually, the movie was declared a super hit.
Made on a budget of Rs. 6 crores, the film went on to make insane profits for the makers by raking in a little over Rs. 19 crores at the domestic box-office in its lifetime run of three weeks. This was indeed a big feat for a small budget film which boasted of not so saleable stars like Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi and Amole Gupte in the lead roles.
Besides it, satirical comedy what worked in its favour was its catchy music and background score, which was composed by Manish. J. Tipu. Produced by Revel Films and distributed by Warner Bros Pictures, ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ is a favourite among the TV audience. After its blockbuster performance in Hindi, the film was remade in Telugu as ‘Shankaraabharanam’.
2 – PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA
Directed by Luv Ranjan, Pyar Ka Punchnama is the story of three bachelors who find girls whom they fall in love with and the twists and turns of the newly developing love stories. It grossed Rs 17.5 crores at the box office, satellite rights and DVDs against a budget of Rs 7 crores.
Starring debutants like Kartik Aryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Divyendu Sharma, Ishita Sharma, Rayo Bakhirta and Sonalli Sehgall in leading roles, ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ is one of those Bollywood romantic-comedies which no one can afford to miss. There are a number of factors that make this film a must watch for all young girls and boys out there. The 5-minute long monologue by Kartik Tiwari on ‘A happy woman is a myth’ is one of them. The monologue went viral in no time and is one of the most watched videos on YouTube.
Talking about the box-office journey of the film, the Luv Ranjan directorial opened to decent reviews, but since the film did not boast of any big stars, the audience kept itself away from the film for a few days. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, saying that “On the whole, Pyaar Ka Punchnama has a single-point plan of engaging and amusing the spectators by telling a story which is unusual, yet relevant. It’s radiantly good cinema that needs to be lauded and encouraged. Strongly recommended, go for it!” Subhash K. Jha of Now Running gave 3.5 stars in a scale of 5, commenting that “Pyaar Ka Punchnama is a delightful rugged romantic-comedy.” Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5, noting that “The film had promise and does have a few funny sequences. But by and large, it’s a case of promises unfulfilled”. Made with a budget of Rs 7 crore, the film recovered all its money and minted around Rs 17 crore at the box office in its lifetime run. It went on to win the most successful small budget film award at the ETC Bollywood Business awards 2010.
1- DUM LAGA KE HAISHA
Yash Raj Production’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a 2015 Indian Hindi romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Sharat Katariya starring Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. The film was released on 27 February 2015 to good critical reception. Box Office stated that the film collected ₹30.19 crore after a five-week run. The film got five nominations at the 61st Filmfare Awards, winning two, Best female debut for Bhumi Pednekar and Best Cinematography. The song “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” got three nominations for its lyrics by Varun Grover and vocals by Papon and Monali Thakur. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film In Hindi.The citation for the award is: For a sweet and resonant film set in Haridwar and challenges the middle-class prejudices in choosing a bride.