Even low budget films pay!


Nida Faraz is convinced that budget is not a criterion for success


Conventional wisdom is that high-budget productions guarantee success but this dictum is not always correct. Bollywood film industry has time and again proved that low-budget films have a good chance of success as well provided they are well-made. Bollywood attaches extraordinary importance to stars and such stars charge exorbitant fees mostly ratcheting up budgets of films. This formula ,however, is considered a safe bet and is repeated endlessly.

But over the years the viability of low-budget films has also been strengthened as many of such films succeeded at the box office and performed very well earning large profits for producers. These films were full of powerful performances of their actors along with substantial storylines and were rewarded by audience approval. These films proved that it actually is the commitment to film-making that matters more than mere gloss and big names.

Peepli Live was one of such productions released in 2010 that was directed by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui. The movie took up very unusual subject of suicides committed by the farmers and highlighted the travails experienced by the victims. Without the aid of big banners and superstars, the movie had a budget of Rs. 14 crore but it made high returns of Rs. 46.80 crores. It was quite a return for a film that was totally out of character but appealed to vast audiences.

Peepli Live was one of such productions released
in 2010 that was directed by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui

Pink was allocated a budget of Rs. 29 crore and had Amitabh Bachchan in it though his star value had gone down and he did not charge a high fee. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was very perceptive in handling the movie and it was highly appreciated by the critics. Most importantly it brought a financial windfall of Rs. 109 crores, a tremendous improvement on its initial cost.

Kahaani was a low budget film costing Rs. 20 crores and provided the chance to Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to show their histrionic talents. The movie hit the audiences like a bolt and became a hot cake. Finally it earned Rs 92 crores and became the highest-grossing film of 2012.

The Lunchbox
Peepli (Live)
Taare zameen par
Vicky Donor

Taare Zameen Par has made its mark in Cineworld in 2007 and is credited to be a very valuable venture. The actual budget of the film was Rs. 18 crores but with the telling performance of Aamir Khan and Darsheel Safary the movie became a hit. The movie is highly regarded by film critics and the rallying audiences made it to earn Rs. 87.5 crores. The story of the film touched hearts of movie-goers who came repeatedly to view it.

Vicky Donor was the debut for both lead actors Ayushman Khurrana and Yami Gautam and tells the story of a sperm-donor. The tale connected strongly with the audiences and turned it into a roaring success. The budget of the film was very low not exceeding Rs. 10 crores but strong performances, sharp editing and sequential harmony made it into a successful venture netting in returns of Rs. 62 crores and it is still considered the record-earner of 2012.

The Lunchbox is classic middle-class oriented venture that was greatly liked by audiences. It is still rated to be an exceptionally well-crafted film. The actors Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui conveyed tremendous sentiments to the viewers that were mostly aligned with their own experiences and the movie became a cult-venture. The budget allocated for the film was Rs. 20 crores but it ended up reaping the outstanding windfall of Rs. 101 crores. The film turned out to be highly profitable for the producers.

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