10 Small Budget Films Of Bollywood that Became Huge Hits: There are Bollywood films which have a super high budget and at the same time made a huge collection at the box office, like Robot, 2.0, Bahubali, etc. Whereas, there are also some Bollywood movies which are of a small budget and made a lot of money at the box office.
So, here are some 10 small budget films of bollywood that became huge hits and whose budget was in between 1-25 Crores and had a collection of at least three times more than their budget at the box office.
The first movie that made it to this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Aamir Khan starrer ‘Taare Zameen Par’ was a very new kind of film for the Indian audience. We saw the story of a child suffering from Dyslexia, who is unable to concentrate on his studies and no one tried to understand the problem of that child. Children-centric films in Bollywood are not given a good response and Aamir Khan knew this thing very well. That’s why Aamir cast himself in this movie and on the other hand, was the producer of this extraordinary film.
It is said that Aamir Khan does not charge fees for any of his films and take his share from the film’s profits. That’s why the budget for these films generally remains low and films earn a good amount of profit. Aamir Khan starrer ‘Taare Zameen Par was made at a budget of Rs.18 Crores and the lifetime business of this film at Boxoffice India was said to be around Rs.87 Crores. But, in an interview, Aamir Khan said that the total earnings of his film ‘Taare Zameen Par’ were around Rs.131 Crores.
There are many Bollywood actors that produce films but among them, no one is as successful as Aamir Khan. In an interview, Aamir Khan said very genuinely that ‘Taare Zameen Par’ is a very different kind of film where the
entire focus is kept on a child. So, there were very less chances that any other successful actor would be interested to be apart of this film. So, Aamir Khan played that character himself to focus the mass audience
on the film.
Aamir’s decision became very successful. The Box Office was just a mere achievement but after this film, the awareness of Dyslexia started increasing among the people. This film has also become an inspiration for
many people today. It is one of the best small budgets Bollywood film ever made.
2. Aashiqui 2
The second in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Aashiqui 2. Released in 2013, ‘Aashiqui 2’ is a very much popular Bollywood film, whose music is popular among the audience even today. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were seen together in this film and it was the first solo lead film of both the actors.
Nobody thought that this movie would become so successful. In Mahesh Bhatt’s films, music plays a very big role and the same happened for Aashiqui 2. The music of this film became very successful before the release of the film which made it very obvious that ‘Aashiqui 2’ is going to be a big hit.
So, the music directors and singers in this film are also very much responsible for the success of this film. The budget of ‘Aashiqui 2’ was Rs.15 Crores whereas the lifetime box office collection of this film was around Rs.109 Crores.
This Bollywood film was counted as the most successful Bollywood film of the year 2013. Along with Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, this film also gave a boost to the career of Arijit Singh who became very much popular for his songs in the movie. And today also, Arijit Singh is considered as the best singer in Bollywood.
If we talk of the Box Office collections of the movies, there can be a lot of movies that have done a business of more than Rs.100 Crores. But, here along with the box office collections, content-oriented films will also
be mentioned, even if their collection is not that high.
The third movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Pan Singh Tomar. Released in 2012, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was also a small budget Bollywood film which became very much successful, profitwise. This film is a biopic where we get to see the story of a soldier ‘Paan Singh’ who has successfully won a Gold medal for India in the National Games. But, because of certain
circumstances, Paan Singh becomes a dacoit.
The character of Paan Singh has been played by the late Irrfan Khan and he played the role of Paan Singh with so much perfection that he was awarded National Award for this film.
Paan Singh Tomar was made at a budget of Rs.7 Crores and it had gross earnings of around Rs.21 Crores. 21 Crores is not at all considered a big amount in Bollywood but the story of this film was very rare and is a periodic film, it was made at a small budget of 7 Crores, which itself is an achievement.
This film was the first successful film of Irrfan Khan, and he received films like ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘Hindi Medium’ after Paan Singh Tomar only. That’s why this film has a huge contribution to Irrfan’s career. Paan Singh Tomar is also considered as one of the most successful small budget Bollywood films, not because of its box office collection, but because of its unique content.
The fourth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Neerja. Released in 2016, Neerja was the most successful film and content-oriented film of Sonam Kapoor’s career. Neerja was made at a budget of Rs.20 Crores and made a gross collection of around Rs.135 Crores. Nobody had any idea that this film would cross 100 Crores this fast at the Box Office.
This movie was the debut of actor Jim Sarbh who made a huge fan following through his acting in this movie. Jim played the role of a terrorist in this movie and nailed his performance in that character.
5. Vicky Donor
The fifth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Vicky Donor. Ayushmann’s mention will always be there wherever there will be a discussion of small budget Bollywood films that became huge hits. Ayushmann is such an actor who always has tried to portray a social
message through his films. His almost all films have been of a small budget and the success rate is very high.
The film depicts the story of a young boy named ‘Vicky’ who is a sperm donor. You can also be sure that no one had ever seen this type of character in a lead role in Bollywood. This film was made at a small budget of just
Rs.15 Crores and the lifetime collection of this film was Rs.65 Crores, which is more than 4 times the budget.
The credit for the success of the film also goes to the director of the film Shoojit Sircar along with Ayushmann Khuranna because despite being an adult subject, the film was presented in a very beautiful way to the audience.
After Vicky Donor, Ayushmann’s journey as a leading actor in Bollywood took a nice speed. This film is taken into consideration because being an outsider, playing such a character in a debut film is not an easy task and Ayushmann really nailed the character.
The sixth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Ayushmann Khuranna starrer Bala, released in 2019, is one of the most successful small budget Bollywood films which became a huge hit. The budget of this film was Rs. 25 Crores and the film did a business of Rs.171 Crores at the Box Office.
The film is based on the premature balding and the growing securities of a young boy and the depiction style of the two female characters were also very unique and was also an important narrative of the film.
Before the release of Bala, Ayushmann’s ‘Dream Girl’ was very successful and did a total business of more than Rs.200 Crores. Ayushmann also accepted that Dream Girl was his most commercial film in Bollywood. Bala, on the other hand, is a rib-tickling entertainer along with a strong social message. Bala is one of the best entertainers with such a small budget.
The seventh movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Gangs of Wasseypur. It is one of the best trendsetting films of Bollywood and after its release, gangs, and crime-related movies became very popular in Bollywood. Along with Manoj Bajpayee, all the actors in the film were very new. So, the casting of this film was of a very small budget. This film was made at a budget of Rs.18 Crores.
Gangs of Wasseypur is seen in two parts but it is known that Anurag Kashyap, the director of this film had a plan of releasing this film as a 5-hour film. Later, it was decided to release this film in two parts as
releasing this film as a 5-hour film in theatres was very risky. This film was the most successful film for Anurag Kashyap in his whole career.
Its part one did a business of Rs.38 Crores and part two did a business of Rs.31 Crores. The earnings of the second part shorts less than the first part as it was released with Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. So, it had to suffer a loss due to it. Gangs of Wasseypur is a small budget Bollywood film but it is one of the best entertainers an Indian can ever get in his life.
8. Bheja Fry
The eighth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Bheja Fry. It’s is a very different kind of comedy film in which we see the story of a music producer who keeps a party every week and calls wanna-be-singers and makes fun of their songs.
Bheja Fry is a remake of a French film and it got a very good response in the metro cities. The film was made on a super low budget of Rs.1.5 Crores and the gross earnings of this film were around Rs.12.5 Crores.
9. Peepli Live
The ninth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is Peepli Live. Satire Comedy is not a new genre in India but these kinds of films have always been a flop at the Box Office. Peepli Live is one of those rare comedy films which bring out the reality of the systems in India.
This film depicts the story of a farmer who talks about committing suicide to pay back his loan and every news channel comes up to cover this news. This film was produced by Aamir Khan.
This movie was made on a budget of Rs.10 Crores and it collected almost Rs.47 Crores at the Box Office. There was no famous actor in this film and at that time, Nawazuddin Siddique was not known that much in Bollywood. Peepli Live has also been an Oscar entry from India.
The tenth movie in this list of 10 small budget films of Bollywood that became huge hits is URI the surgical strike. When URI was released, there was a lot of hype made by the audience regarding the success of the film. But no one knew that the collections of the film would be so much record-breaking.
URI was made on a budget of just Rs.25 Crores and the film did the business of Rs.342 Crores at the Box Office. This film proved everyone’s predictions wrong and it was so much liked by the audience that many watched it multiple times in the theatres.
In Bollywood history, URI the only small budget Bollywood film which became a huge hit and did a business of Rs.342 Crores, just in India. Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ did a business of more
than 300 Crores in India but their budget was not at all 25 Crores.
URI is also considered an eye-opener because after the release of this film, the production of Army-related films got increased and you will very soon see many actors performing roles in a similar genre.