Do you think that only a big budget and fancy star-cast can make a film big? Do you think spending on exotic locales and top designer dresses can get you trophies? If yes, you need to think again and think harder. There have been ample times when movies with small budgets and effective dialogues, story-line and characters have taken everyone by surprise and left the big ones behind. Bollywood these days has grown beyond an industry where only big movies woo the audiences and garner good collections. The times are gone where small movies were neglected and movies with lavish profiles used to attract people. These days people go for smart cinema, i.e. cinema which is based on good thoughts and ideas explaining every minute detail of the movie. Well if you want to go through some of the best low budget movies to watch, check this list out and get ready to be amazed
1. Kahaani (2012)
Kahaani is a Hindi thriller movie, based on the story of a pregnant wife roaming through the streets of Kolkata looking for her missing husband. The lead role is played by Vidya Balan and has Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a major role as well. The movie is directed by Sujoy Ghosh and helped Vidya Balan bag the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The movie was made in the budget of 8 crores and managed to collect 78 crores at the box office.
2. The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox is an offbeat film which came out in 2013 with Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur in the lead roles. With a small budget of 9 crores, the movie entered the 100 crore club and in spite of no marketing, the movie just plainly relied on word-of-mouth for its promotions and collections. Being one of the lowest budget movies, it was directed by Ritesh Batra and bagged several awards like the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, Asian Film Award for Best Actor and many more.
3. Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012)
It was the time when these movies were at large and Anurag Kashyap delivered one hell of a cult film with Gangs Of Wasseypur. This movie had Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Rao and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the lead roles and was based on the rural crime scene of deception, war and politics. This movie was made with a budget of 18 crores and managed to collect 39 crores with several accolades and awards under its name. Its music by Sneha Khanwalkar was also one of the most unusual albums of all time in Indian cinema.
4. Tanu Weds Manu(2011)
Written and directed by Anand L. Rai, the movie starred R. Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles and is one of the most iconic Hindi films of the last decade. The budget of this movie was 18 crores, while it won back 56 crores worldwide and had a successful sequel after 4 years with the same cast.
5. A Wednesday (2008)
This is definitely one of the most critically acclaimed low budget movies and is counted as a movie with one of the most unexpected twists. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, it is about a retired police commissioner played by Anupam Kher wherein he was informed about a bomb scare in Mumbai by a common man (Naseeruddin Shah) . The movie was made in a budget of 5 crores and managed to get 30 crores at the box office.