It seems 2014 is the year for women-centric and small-budget films in Bollywood.
With no big releases (except Jai Ho, which did average business) so far, low-cost films have used the opportunity well. Trade experts try to decode the trend.
"A film like Queen is an exception as it changed people’s perception towards films. Not all small films work, but if they connect with the audience, then they will work even if critics trash them. That’s the case with Ragini MMS 2, which the common man will watch," explains trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Another expert, Amod Mehra, notes that in the last few months, only some films have stood out among the 20-odd that have released, owing to their content. He says, "When you have films talking about liberation of women and others whose music sells, they are bound to recover costs. Plus, there’s no big competition right now."
Eventually, it boils down to the entertainment factor, according to exhibitor Akshaye Rathi. He says, "If a film can provide enough entertainment and engage the audience, why won’t it work? Yaariyan, Highway
, Queen and Ragini MMS 2
are from tried-and-tested genres. Their music has been a hit too."
Budget: Rs. 18.25 crore
Collections: Rs. 27.25 crore
Budget: Rs. 19 crore
Collections: Rs. 40 crore
Budget: Rs. 16-17 crore
Collections: Rs. 48 crore (still running)
Ragini MMS 2
Budget: Rs. 12-14 crore
Collections: Rs. 32.91 crore (still running)