In Reality, Low Budget Movies Are Worth Watching

New Delhi: Whenever big budget films having a big star cast hit the screens then relatively smaller films or you can say low budget films try to stay away from the box office. Therefore, most of the producers of such films want a safe Friday for their films for staying alive in Bollywood. And this Friday is now here.

It is an obvious fact in Bollywood, because if a film has a big superstar like any of the three Khans, Akshay Kumar or Hrithik Roshan in it, the film will automatically do well at the box office. The star power of these stars, their fan following is so massive that people will watch their films, even if the film is not up to the mark, it will eventually gross over crores of money.

But what’s going to happen coming Friday, August 25, is a bloodbath. Not one or two, but eight low budget films are going to battle it out at the ticket window with other two big budget & star cast films. 

Along with them; two Hollywood projects, The Hitman’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson, and Terminator 3D are also scheduled to hit the theatres.

Out of the total of ten films, the biggest two films releasing this Friday includes Raj Nidimoru, A Gentleman and Kushan Nandy's Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. While the first one starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez have been publicised well, the trailer of the second one starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has also created a good buzz around it that will somehow make it difficult for the other eight films to get enough visibility.

Let’s have a look on these upcoming low budget films of 2017:

Qaidi Band, a riveting tale of under trials that come together to form a band in jail and their music becomes their only hope for freedom. Directed by Habib Faisal, Qaidi Band features Anya Singh, Aadar Jain and Prince Parvinder Singh.

After that, written and directed by Amol Gupte, Sniff is a kid's action adventure movie starring child actor Khushmeet Gill. The movie revolves around a spy-in the-making and if this film succeeds in receiving a positive word of mouth then it may eat into the box office share of A Gentleman and Qaidi Band. 

Then films like The Rally in which a young man who nurses the dream of participating in the Himalayan Rally since childhood is willing to go to any extent to accomplishing his dream, even if that means cheating and victimizing people and Mr Kabaadi where a kabadiwala or a scrap dealer becomes rich and flaunts his wealth; are not likely to impact the bigger picture, but they can be dominant in particular areas. 

On the other hand, Muskurahatein, a story set in a medical training college and Toh Fir Aao Na are considered to be not in the race, but they can cause more loss of screens to bigger films which may affect their total collections.

Meanwhile, when you rewind your memories you saw in last two months, the release of some of the biggest Hindi films from Ranbir Kapoor’s Jagga Jasoos to Arjun Kapoor’s Mubarakan. But soon you realize that these films jostled hard to grab eyeballs even having popular stars. In fact, the numbers of Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shahrukh Khan also worsened this time. 

One can admit therefore that in some way or the other, audience’s taste is changing; not only do they need a star cast; they are appreciating meaningful subjects as well. Like recently, when the box office was going through a dry spell, Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a super hit, the movie holds up a mirror to society as it is based on the burning issue of majority of Indians, practising open defecation. Made on a budget of Rs 18 crore, it is latest 2017 blockbuster movie that enter the coveted Rs 100-crore club.

Earlier the audiences rush to multiplexes to catch their favourite Bollywood stars doing the same stuff over and over again, same old clichés, an unneeded item song, a remix of a classic, to ensure the movie joins the crore-club. It’s may be because the audience doesn’t look for logic, but for an entertainment, and the stars deliver that.

As the world’s biggest film industry, Bollywood annually churns out over a thousand movies on average. While some are much-awaited, much-publicized, mega-budget blockbusters, others are small films that go unnoticed by the masses. 

But the industry has recently seen as an institution that has grown beyond just massive banner productions, big budget cinema, and high ranking star cast. It has welcomed with open arms; the not-so-lavish movies made by newcomer directors that even though thrive on a low budget & relatively unknown artists, manage to bring to the table superbly talented performers, powerful scripts and brilliant cinematic marvels despite very frugal marketing and promotion effort. 

As the following year has a seemingly great line up of some potentially small budget movies, the bygone year too saw a plenty of such films that rocked Bollywood and set an example about how movies can make it big without a glamorous star cast and huge production house money.

Below is a list of few such low budget yet powerful cinematic marvels:

Khosla Ka Ghosla (September 22, 2006) - Made at a budget of less than Rs 3 crore, the movie managed to collect approximately Rs 7.5 crore.

Tere Bin Laden (July 16, 2010) - It was made at a shoestring budget of approximately Rs 6 crore. The quirky humour and out of the box story made it a hit among the masses. It collected Rs 15 crores at the box office. 

Peepli Live (August 13, 2010) - The story that highlighted the plight of India’s labour class was made at a mere budget of Rs 10 crore. However, the film hit the right chord in the hearts of the audience and collected Rs 29 crore at the box office. It was also India's official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.

Paan Singh Tomar (October 31, 2010) - The biopic of an Indian soldier and rebel Paan Singh Tomar, this movie was made at a humble budget of Rs 8 crore, and the movie collect more than Rs 38 crore at the box office. 

No One Killed Jessica (7 January 2011) - The film that shook the whole nation was inspired by the murder of model Jessica Lal and the court proceedings that followed. The budget of the movie was Rs 9 crore and it earned Rs 49 crore as the collections.

Kahaani (March 9, 2012) - The movie that established Vidya Balan as the only actress who can manage to make a movie successful without an actor, Kahaani was made at a tight budget of Rs 8 crore, and managed to make a whopping Rs 78 crore at the box office. 

Vicky Donor (April 20, 2012) - The movie that changed the way Bollywood looks at small-budget films. Lacking a star cast, this movie dealt with the sensitive issue of sperm donation and was made for Rs 5 crore. However, the movie managed to be a critical and commercial success owing to its earnings of more than Rs 65 crore. 

The Lunchbox (September 20, 2013) - The Lunchbox had Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nakul Vaid and Lillette Dubey playing the cast. Made for Rs 10 crore, the movie made Rs 20 crore at the box office and was declared a hit. It was also thought of as India’s prospective entry for the Academy Awards but was not finalised but the film is remembered for a unique story and amazing performances by the leading pair.

Margarita with a straw (September 8, 2014) – Directed and written by Shonali Bose, the film revolves around Laila’s (Koechlin) journey of self-discover as she struggles with everyday life on the wheelchair. The film has been commercially successful and critically acclaimed worldwide with all of them praising Koechlin’s performance as that of “brilliance”. It collected a total of ₹74 million during its theatrical run. Also, the film won the NETPAC award World or International Asian Film Premiere at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Masaan (24 July 2015) - Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan starring Richa Chadda received overwhelming critical acclaim from the mainstream media. It revolves around two unrelated people in Varanasi, who try to leave behind the stigma attached to their past because of societal norms and behaviour. Masaan, an Indo-French collaboration that won accolades at Cannes earned a total of 12 crores.

Chalk n Duster (15 January 2016) - This movie starring Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi talks about commercialization of the Indian private education system. Directed by Jayant Gilatar,the movie received many positive reviews, telling a powerful tale of ethics versus greed. The movie, therefore has struck with a chord with the masses.


Taking cue from the 21st century trend, one can say while concluding that these small budget movies managed to overshadow the high budget ones and becoming a must watch by achieving both critical and commercial success, such low budget cinematic marvels of Bollywood are absolute winners in terms of idea, concept, scripting, storyline, production and execution. 

“Content cinema will always have an edge over commercial cinema. We should appreciate and applaud for such low budget films that go against the majority Bollywood films that take on the conventional path with no risks, focusing solely on the commercial success; glamour, action, and a story that hardly manages to touch a chord with the audience,” said Sahifur Rehman, a Mumbai based assistant director.







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