2017 has been a startling year for the Hindi film industry. This year box office predictions have been a myth with some big budget movies falling flat at the box office. We witnessed some small-budget movies with powerful content and performances doing exceptionally well. Let’s take a look at 7 small-budget films that became blockbusters this year.
Jolly LLB 2
Akshay Kumar continued his winning streak at the box office with Jolly LLB 2. Made with a budget of Rs 30 crore, the movie mounted more than Rs 150 crore at the box office becoming one of the biggest movies of the year. Audience loves Khiladi Kumar. His brilliant acting coupled with bang on dialogues wooed audience and critics like never before. Written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, the film was the sequel to the 2013 film Jolly LLB.
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Surrounded by controversies for a very long time, Lipstick Under My Burkha is certainly one of the boldest movies made in Bollywood. Produced with a budget of just Rs 6 crore, the movie went on to become a hit minting over Rs 26 crore. The highly appreciated movie portrayed the journey of four women claiming their secret desires through small acts of courage.
One of the most talked-about movies of the year, Hindi Medium starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar dealt with the very relevant subject of how language divides our society. Made in a budget of Rs 23 crore, the film was a satire on the faulty education system. The concept connected well with the audience resulting in a massive hit collecting more than Rs 100 crore at the box office.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha featured superstar Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. It was a social satire based love story revolving around the problem of the absence of toilet in Keshav and Jaya’s house and how Keshav tries to pacify this with temporary arrangements. Made with a budget of Rs 18 crore, the film smashed box office records and went up to collecting Rs 200 crore becoming one of the most successful movies of Kumar’s career.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Made with a budget of Rs 20 crore, Bareilly Ki Barfi was a light-hearted comedy. The film managed to leave a mark in the hearts of the audience as efficiently as it managed to gross over Rs 58 crore. This rom-com set in the North Indian town of Bareilly introduced real characters who are relatably infectious. With magnetic performances from the entire cast, Bareilly Ki Barfi became a memorable movie of 2017.
Shubh Mangal Savdhan
2017 was surely a special year for Ayushmann Khurrana with two big successes. Remake of the Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham, Shubh Mangal Savdhan was another splendid movie released this year that dealt with the subject of erectile dysfunction. It was a well-crafted satirical comedy also starring Bhumi Pednekar. Made with a budget of Rs 25 crore, the film collected Rs 64 crore at the box office.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has delivered power packed performances in Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and The Lunchbox. His first solo hit Babumoshai Bandookbaaz was the story of a contract killer whose story takes a turn after he finds out that there is another assassin on the same job. Made with a budget of Rs 5 crore, crime-drama Babumoshai Bandookbaaz easily managed to collect Rs 18 crore at the box office.