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Low Budget Bollywood Films Which Became Big

The thumb rule of Bollywood is that if a film has any of the three Super Khans or Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, it will rake massive profits at the box office thanks to their every growing fan clubs. One might say that the audience isn't look for logic, but for a well-deserved break and entertainment. 
On the other hand, there are movies like Tanu Weds Manu Returns that grossed close to 150 crores, without a superstar starring in it. This brings home one big point - if you have a great story, you don’t need to spend crores on the big names to become a runaway hit!!! 

Here are a dozen such films that were made on small budgets and fared well at the BoxOffice without a bollywood biggie’s name attached .


1. Talvar (2015)

Meghna Gulzar's Talvar released this Friday on Gandhi Jayanti holiday and collected Rs 3 crore including paid previews on Thursday. The best part is it did well on day 2 as well, managing to show consistent growth. A gripping story line and stellar performances by the actors are the reasons why this film is doing brilliantly at the box-office. 


2. Tanu Weds Manu (2011)

Made on a shoestring budget of Rs. 15 crore, the movie recovered Rs. 10 crore in just one week of its release. It became a hit in no time after which the satellite rights of the film were sold at Rs. 7.5 crore! Apart from the BO Collections which went to tune of Rs. 56 Crores, this Kangana Ranaut & R. Madhavan starrer was a breath of fresh air for the audience. 


3. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)

This low-budget film from YRF studios had Ayushmann Khurrana and debutante Bhumi Pednekar in pivotal roles. The movie faced a disappointing opening at the box office but still managed to collect more than Rs. 30 crore at the box-office. Word of mouth definitely played a key role in the film's success. 


4. Udaan (2010)

The movie could not last long at the Bollywood box office because of a lack of star lustre. But Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan was every critic's favorite back then. The movie was so good that it was selected for the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Udaan is one film that proved that it's not always a big banner or stacks of money that need to be put in to make a film. Sometimes, just your heart needs to be in the right place. 


5. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)

Dibakar Banerjee's directorial debut revolved around a middle-class family in Delhi that mistakenly falls in a trap of land mafias. Apart from the finest actors of Bollywood like Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, Parveen Dabas, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Tara Sharma and the late Navin Nischol, it was purely the way the movie treated each and every character that went on to win the hearts of many. The film was made with a total budget of less than 3 crores but it recovered Rs 7.5 crore. It also won the National Award for toh best film of the year.


6. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Tigmanshu Dhulia's biopic on the Indian soldier and rebel Paan Singh Tomar is still remembered for its brilliance. This was the second time after Haasil that Irrfan Khan and Timanshu Dhulia got together. The film was made with a total budget of Rs 8 crore and it recovered more than Rs 38 crore at the box office. Apart from Irrfan Khan, actors like Mahi Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui also added depth to the film. 


7. Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)

National Award winning director Subhash Kapoor just added another feather in his cap with this brilliant satire comedy. The film starring Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Manu Rishi Chadha and Amol Gupte was made with a budget as low as Rs 6 crore and it still recovered 19 crore! The movie was declared a super hit and each and every actor in the film put their best foot forward! If you still haven't seen the film, we would recommend that try and grab the DVD and watch it now.


8. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

The film was based on the murder of model Jessica Lal and the court proceedings that followed. Directed by Rajkumar Gupta, the film was definitely a hard-hitting one with actors like Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. Even though the film was made with a total budget of Rs 9 crore, it regained almost Rs. 50 crore at the box office. Apart from gripping music by Amit Trivedi, this is one of the best films to have depicted the harsh realities of a city as big as Delhi. 


9. Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)

This hatke take on modern-day relationships by Luv Ranjan is a film you can't afford to miss. Whether you're a guy or a girl, the empathy factor here will take you on a completely different trip. The movie had a bunch of debutantes who managed to pull off their characters in such a beautiful way that the film stayed with us for longer than usual. Made with a budget of Rs 7 crore, the film recovered all its money and cashed in Rs 12 crore at the box office.


10. Kahaani (2012)

Even without any Khan or big superstar, Vidya Balan managed to sail the boat of Kahaani with her gripping acting. The film was made with a tight budget of Rs 8 crore but it managed to mint upwards of Rs 78 crore. Sujay Ghosh's Kahaani had Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee and Darshan Zariwala in pivotal roles. 


11. Vicky Donor (2012)

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the movie starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia was a game-changer in Bollywood because small-budget films could hardly ever hog the limelight. The film, that raised an issue as sensitive as sperm donation, was made with a budget of Rs 5 crore but it managed to make more than Rs 65 crore at the box office.  


12. The Lunchbox (2013)

Directed by Ritesh Batra, this experimental film was made with a budget of Rs 10 crore and it hardly had any big names or superstars in it. Regardless, this film made Rs 20 crore at the box office and was declared a major hit by critics purely because Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan's chemistry was delightful and intriguing. These two had barely any scenes together but people could feel the connection between them, which became the main reason behind the film's success.