One of the most common assumptions regarding Bollywood movies is that if a film has a famous actor or if it is made on a big budget only then that the film will shine at the box office. However, there have been several films in the past few years that were made on a small budget and did not have a famous actor. But still, the film became highly successful at the box office. This proves just one thing, it is the story that sells. So here we take a look at 10 of the most successful small budget Bollywood hits.
Andhadhun is a 2018 Indian crime thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. This film stars Ayushman Khuranna, Tabu, and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles. It was one of the most successful Bollywood movies of 2018. This Bollywood film was made on a budget of Rs 32 crores and grossed Rs 456 crores at the worldwide box office.
The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox is a 2013 Indian epistolary romantic film. It was directed by Ritesh Batra. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in important roles. The film was made on a budget of Rs 22 crores and grossed Rs 101 crores at the global box office.
Queen is a 2014 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Madhu Mantena. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles. The film was made on a budget of 20 crores and grossed 97 crores worldwide.
Pink is a 2016 Indian social thriller film directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. The film is written by Ritesh Shah and produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, Sheel Kumar, and Shoojit Sircar. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tarring in lead roles. It was one of the most successful Bollywood movies of 2016 and was made on a budget of 23 crores and grossed Rs 108 crores.
Stree is a 2018 Hindi horror comedy film. It is directed by Amar Kaushik. The film stars Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Abhishek Banerjee, and Aparshakti Khurrana in lead roles. The film was made on a budget of 23 crores and grossed Rs 180 crores.
Hindi Medium (2017)
Hindi Medium is a 2017 Hindi-language comedy-drama film written and directed by Saket Chaudhary. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Sanjana Sanghi, and Deepak Dobriyal in lead roles. This Bollywood film was made on a budget of 14 crores and grossed Rs 101 crores.
Badhaai Ho (2018)
Badhaai Ho is a 2018 Hindi language film directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. This Bollywood film stars Ayushman Khuranna, Neena Gupta, Gajrao Rao, and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. The film was made on a budget of 21 crore and grossed Rs 220 crores worldwide.
Kahaani is a 2012 Hindi-language mystery thriller film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. It stars Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. It is regarded as one of the most successful small budget Bollywood hits. The film was made on a budget of 8 crores and grossed 93 crores worldwide.
Secret Superstar (2017)
Secret Superstar is a 2017 Bollywood film written and directed by Advait Chandan, and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. The film stars Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, and Meher Vij in lead roles. This Aamir Khan film is considered to be one of the most successful small budget Bollywood hits in the history of Indian Cinema. The film was made on a budget of 14 crores and grossed Rs 977 crores worldwide.
A Wednesday (2008)
A Wednesday! is a 2008 Bollywood film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in lead roles. The film was made on a budget of 3 crores and grossed Rs 16 crores worldwide.
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