The year 2017 has been the proof of the fact that irrespective of who has been cast for the film, a feature presentation cannot survive to have a profitable theatrical run if it doesn’t have a solid story at its core. So, this article is going to be all about those silent champions that have left a mark on the audience in spite of being made on a very minimal budget.
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha
The story of a small village man who gets married but everything falls apart due to lack of basic hygienic necessities has been hailed by audiences and critics alike. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, who play the lead pair, hit a home run at the box office with a lifetime number of 134.22 crores. The cost of the film was just 24 crores.
An educational satire at heart, the film, that was made at just a cost of 22 crores and had Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar essaying the lead roles, was a yet another example of the term “Content Is King” as the film, unlike many others, had their number of shows increased and managed to gross over 100 crores globally!
The critically acclaimed movie ‘Newton’ has also won in the box office number game. The movie made a gross total of 22.08 crores lifetime and is also said to make India proud by going for the Oscars. The cost of the film was very low at just 9 crores.
Shubh Mangal Savdhan
Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar’s ‘ Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ had also undoubtedly made it big. The film seriously upped the game for many movies that will follow post SMS. The movie ended its run at 43.11 crores, while the film only cost17 crores to make.
Vidya Balan in and as ‘Tumhari Sulu’ left its mark audience’s heart. The movie has crossed the 27 crore mark and is still going strong. The cost of the film was just 20 crores.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
The film which was as sweet as its title was a yet another film that became a surprise hit. Not because of the content, which was strong as a boulder, but due to the competition it faced from Indian as well as the International cinema in the month of its release. The film, that took about 20 crores to make, walked out of the arena with a total of approximately 34 crores.
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Lipstick Under My Burkha told the story of four ordinary women who inflicted by silly societal norms and had to steal, lie, cheat and hide in order to lead the lives that they rightfully desired and deserved. The movie could be hailed for leaving a dent in the traditional Indian mindset and the numbers are proof. The 5 crore film walked out with four times the cash. We bet the makers would have gone Cha-Ching!