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Small films make it big in Bollywood

It's a Kahaani that's unravelling beautifully on box office. Bollywood's romance with small budget movies like Paan Singh Tomar and London Paris New York continues to flourish with the success of Vicky Donor.

bollywood Updated: Apr 24, 2012 12:42 IST
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It's a Kahaani that's unravelling beautifully on box office. Bollywood's romance with small budget movies like Paan Singh Tomar and London Paris New York continues to flourish with the success of Vicky Donor.

The word of mouth seems to have worked in favour of John Abraham's production Vicky Donor. Made on the budget of Rs 5.23 crore, it has already emerged as a winner at the box office as it collected Rs. 7.85 crore in the opening weekend.

"#VickyDonor *actuals* Fri 1.75 cr, Sat 2.75 cr, Sun 3.35 cr. Total 7.85 cr nett," Taran Adarsh tweeted.

"#VickyDonor went from strength to strength. Has found tremendous appreciation, which reflects in its opening weekend figures," Adarsh added.

The film is also doing well in overseas market which is rare for a small budget movie. "#VickyDonor has proved an exception. The film has found acceptance in the intl arena as well, growing from strength to strength everyday," tweets Adarsh.

"#VickyDonor Australia Thu A$ 988, Fri A$ 5,097, Sat A$ 10,273 ... UK Fri £ 10,166, Sat £ 15,744 ... USA Fri $ 42,000 ... UAE Thu $ 47,000," Adarsh had tweeted.

It all started with Kahaani this year. Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 8 crore, Sujoy Ghosh's Vidya Balan starrer has collected over Rs 75 crore.

On the film's success, Sujoy Ghosh said, "Everybody is an audience including critics. If the film is good, they would also like it."

Sujoy says he was not at all expecting the film's commercial success. "My intention was to make a film and play with the script beautifully, I never thought about the commercial aspect."

"It's ultimately the film's script and the word of mouth that ensures success for the movie."

A still from the film Kahaani

Tigmanshu Dhulia who is known for her off-beat films like Haasil, Charas, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster made it big commercially with Irrfan starrer Paan Singh Tomar.

"The film has made more than Rs. 12 crore at the box-office. For a film that was made for Rs. 4.5 crore, this sure is a commendable feat," reported

“Paan Singh Tomar has defied all market expectations and emerged a huge box office success. Great content, superb reviews, incredible word of mouth and a perfectly targeted distribution strategy has played a significant role in the film’s success,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said.

Director Tigmanshu Dulia said, “This story was with me for more than 10 years and now to see the same story materialize into a film opening to packed theaters fills me with immense pride.”

Debutant director Anu Menon's London Paris New York, an unconventional romantic comedy that travels the three cities, has managed to impress the oversees box office.

The movie collected $53,535 on its opening weekend in the US and $112,000 in the Middle East.

The film starring Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari collected approximately 32,538 pounds, which is said to be more than the collection of Band Baaja Baarat (25,000 pounds), Tanu Weds Manu (28,000 pounds) and Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (30,000 pounds), said an official statement from the film's publicist.

Produced by Goldie Behl and his banner Rose Movies and Fox Star Movies distributed the film.

"London Paris New York is a small budget film that was targeted at a niche audience. We are happy that the film is being so well revived, especially by audiences it was made for - having kept the budget under control, we've managed to deliver on that front and we couldn't be more excited," said Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Studios India, in a statement.

Small movies that made big in recent years

No One Killed Jessica: Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee starrer based on Jessica Lall murder was made on a budget of Rs 9 crore. It grossed over Rs 49 crore.

Ragini MMS: Believe it or not, Ekta Kapoor's Ragini MMS was made on the budget of Rs 1.3 crore. It made Rs 10 crore on BO.

Chillar Party: Salman Khan's production was made on the budget of Rs 6 crore. It garnered Rs 25 crore approx.

Tere Bin Laden:
The film stars Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar in the lead role as an ambitious young reporter, who, in his desperation to migrate to the U.S., makes a fake Osama bin Laden video using a look-alike, and sells it to TV channels. Made on the budget of Rs 5.8 crore, it collected Rs 15 crore.

Do Dooni Chaar: It starred Rishi and Neetu Kapoor in lead. A sum of Rs 2 crore was invested in the film. It recovered Rs 5.5 crore approx.

Love Sex aur Dhokha: The film directed by Dibakar Banerjee was made on a budget of Rs 1.5 crore. It earned Rs 7 crore.

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First Published: Apr 23, 2012 18:53 IST