While it's easy to create buzz for formula-driven big-budget movies that often have bigger stars to up the curiosity quotient; for films with lesser known stars, and small budget, script is the real hero. As 2010 veers towards end, we recall ten best movies that were made on shoestring budget and would be remembered for times to come.
Road to Sangam: Released in January, the movie was written and directed by Amit Rai. The film featured veterans like Paresh Rawal and Om Puri, who surely know how to do justice to their roles. The movie is weaved around a devout Muslim mechanic Hasmatullah (played by Paresh Rawal) who has been entrusted with the job of repairing an old V8 ford engine, not knowing the historic significance that it once carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi which were immersed in the holy Triveni Sangam. The film was acclaimed worldwide due to its historical significance, interesting storyline, and powerpacked performances.
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Released on February 5, the film was the first-ever Indian film to premiere on YouTube internationally on the same day of its release. It is an action-drama film written, directed and produced by Chandan Arora, which stars Siddharth of Rang De Basanti fame and Padmapriya, a Tamil actress. Vidya Malvade also played a crucial role in the film.
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4) Love, Sex, Aur Dhokha: Dibakar Banerjee's scripts are his film's soul, and that's what makes him stand apart. After grabbing eyeballs with his experimental films like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Banerjee came up with Love Sex aur Dhokha in March 2010. The film is a satire on news media turning into cheap entertainment feeding a kind of social voyeurism. The film revolves around honour killings, MMS scandals, and sting operations. The film was critically acclaimed, though could not work wonders on box office.
Tere Bin Laden:
Nobody could think of making a comedy on the much-dreaded Osama Bin Laden before this film released. But director Abhishek Sharma did the impossible and made it successully a rib-tickler. This small-budget comedy left audiences in splits. Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar played the lead role as an ambitious young reporter, who, in his desperation to migrate to the US, makes a fake Osama Bin Laden video using a look-alike, and sells it to TV channels. The film was released worldwide on 16 July 2010.
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6) Udaan: The film hogged limelight for doing rounds of film festivals across the world. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, everything about the movie was unconventional. The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
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Co-written, produced and directed by Sushil Rajpal, the film was made on a shoestring budget of Rs 5 crore, and went on to win National award for Best film on Social issues. The film was about the practice of groom kidnapping in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The film commercially released on August 27, 2010.
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Do Dooni Chaar:
With a breezy fresh, middle-class tale, this Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh comeback vehicle surpassed the expectations of viewers. The film got a lot of critical acclaim, but failed at the box-office.
Mayank Shekhar's Review: Do Dooni Chaar
Phas Gaye Re Obama
: Coincidentally, the Obama visit was succeeded by Phas Gaye Re Obama! The film directed by Subhash Kapoor, might be set against the backdrop of recession, but it surprisingly minted money at the box-office owing to its strong script and storyline. Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Amol Gupte starred in the movie.
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(With inputs from Wikipedia)