Star-studded films do not always ensure box-office success. A spate of recent movies that are rich in content and low on star power have sizzled the BO. Here're some high-concept movies that became unexpected hits.
Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 8 crore, the film did a round of festival circuit before hitting the theatres. Everybody expected it to be a critcally acclaimed arthouse film, but few could imagine that the film will make around Rs 40 crore at the box-office. The film earned Rs 4.25 crore in its opening weekend, but soon picked up thanks to its strong content.
"Director Dhulia sprinkles just the right amount of winning moments and even the slower sequences have something to bite on. Some of the memorable ones include Paan’s cue for love-making: luring his kids out of the house with some lemon juice to allow him enough privacy to get intimate with his wife (Mahie Gill). Then, Paan’s irrepressible gluttony that manifests itself intermittently makes for charming scenes like the one where he completes a race and instantly walks off track to attack a bunch of bananas," writes Kunal Guha, Yahoo.
Very few filmmakers attempt to make a children's film. Such films are not made with commercial angle in mind. This particular film had the backing of Salman Khan, who was the co-producer of the film and a gang of promising child actors. Director Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl had a strong story to tell.
The film not only made over Rs 32 crore but won three national awards. It bagged the best children's film, best original screenplay and best children awards.