The Hindi film industry is certainly going through a tough phase as the majority of the big budget movies that have been released recently either failed to live up to expectations or fell flat at the box office. Ranbir Kapoor’s starring “Shamshera” was one of the most anticipated films of the year, but it failed to impress viewers and critics and there was news that some weekend shows d opening had to be canceled due to fewer spectators. Just before that, Akshay Kumar’s star “Samrat Prithviraj” also performed very poorly at the box office.
While the failure of these big budget films must have put a big dent in producers’ pockets, some low budget films unexpectedly broke the 100 crore mark and proved once again that content is the true king or hero of the industry.
1. Raid (2018):
Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the film which starred Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla in the lead roles was inspired by real incidents and it didn’t start off big but it steadily increased. “Raid” was made on a budget of Rs. 42 crores and its lifetime box office earnings were around Rs. 154 crores.
2. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018):
Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh have reunited again in a film directed by Luv Ranjan who previously worked with these actors in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2”. “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” was a well-rounded artist who was loved by young people, and his music was also well-liked. Made on a budget of around Rs. 40 crores, the film grossed nearly Rs. 153 crores at the box office and it gave a boost to the careers of actors including Kartik Aaryan.
3. Street (2018):
Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor starring “Stree” also had Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana and Abhishek Banerjee in prominent roles and it won’t be wrong to say that the cast’s superb acting performances as well as the content and direction played an important role in the success of the film. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the comedy horror film was made on a low budget of Rs. 20 crores and went on to earn around Rs. 181 crores at the box office. “Stree” was nominated in 10 categories in the 64e Filmfare Awards and Amar Kaushik won Best Debut Director.
4. Badhaai Ho (2018):
“Badhaai Ho” had an unusual subject matter which was handled in quite a good manner and the superb acting performances of the actors also helped the film to cross the 100 crore mark. Ayushmann Khurrana, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri and Sanya Malhotra played prominent roles in Amit Ravindrenath Sharma’s director which was based on the story of a middle-aged couple with two sons, while the eldest is 26 years old, the youngest one is in high school. Their lives got complicated when they found out the woman was pregnant and it strained their relationship not only with their sons but with everyone else in their family. “Badhaai Ho” was made on a budget of Rs. 29 crores and it was a smash hit at the box office with earnings of Rs. 219.5 crores.
5. Kahaani (2012):
Vidya Balan’s “Kahaani” star also had Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Indraneil Sengupta in prominent roles and the film was loved by audiences as well as critics. The film directed by Sujoy Ghosh won three national awards and five Filmfare awards, it was remade in Telugu with Nayanthara playing the character of Vidya Balan and a sequel to this film – “Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh” was also released in 2016 “Kahaani” was made on a low budget of Rs. 8 crores but it exceeded everyone’s expectations and earned Rs. 104 crores at the box office.
6. Raazi (2018):
The spy action thriller which starred Alia Bhatt in the lead role also had Vicky Kaushal in a supporting role and it was based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. “Raazi” is said to be based on the true story of a RAW agent who married a Pakistani army officer and helped his country by passing on important information. “Raazi” was made on a budget of Rs. 35-Rs.40 crores but it had an excellent box office run as it earned Rs. 197 million crores.
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