Every filmmaker wants their movie to be a hit, but not all films go on to box office success. Of those that do click some are designer hits like Ra.One, while there are others,inconspicuous ones, like Ferrari ki Sawaari that go on to rake in the moolah big time. Here’s taking a look at sleeper hits
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Romance and Yash Raj Films are inseparable, so coming from their stable Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was another romantic film with a healthy dose of comedy added to it. Since it is not like movies that had similar concoction had not failed, the success of this one too was not guaranteed. Mixed reviews notwithstanding, this one had the cash registers chiming sweet music.
Wonder if it were to do with pre-release publicity or simply because of its name, Ragini MMS recovered its making cost in only the first two days of its release. This horror-thriller, from the Ekta Kapoor camp, starred relatively unknown Kainaz Motivala and Raj Kumar Yadav in the lead roles, but made up with the names Jeetendra, Shobha Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms as the producers.
Tanu Weds Manu
This 2011 movie stars R Madhavan, Kangna Ranaut and Jimmy Shergill in the lead roles, all of who have carved a niche for themselves in intelligent acting. The success of this romantic movie at the box office, particularly in North India, encouraged its makers into dubbing it in… German! Is Shah Rukh Khan, whose movies supposedly do very well abroad, listening?
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
When a Bollywood movie that stars a Kartik Tiwari, Rayo Bakhirta and another Divyendu Sharma and still goes on to attaining cult status, you have to sit up and take notice. That’s what both the critics and audience did and it went on to be a big hit, even if surprisingly. In keeping with present times, this failed love story of three bachelors ends on a happy note — for all the six!
This sequel to the hit Murder was not guaranteed interest like the latter did; Murder had the backing of the biggest album then. Bringing it on a good seven years afterwards, retaining their lucky mascot, Emraan Hashmi and not bothering to maintain any continuity with its namesake seemed to work with this one. It grossed huge sums even while running alongside Salman Khan’s Ready.
This one had only a Vidya Balan to boast of in its ensemble of both actors and others that team up to make a movie. Coming off a Dirty Picture, which had a very sexy Balan enacting a mostly scantily clad Silk Smitha, how the audience would react to a heavily pregnant Vidya was uncertain. It went on to prove that you can have a hit without a Khan or a Kumar for that matter.
How much can one expect from a movie that stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Annu Kapoor in the lead roles? Even with the name of John Abraham for its producer, generating interest in it would still be difficult. What probably worked for it is its storyline based on sperm donation and infertility. It was declared a super hit by Box Office India.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
While Ekta Kapoor is an accepted queen of the idiot box, her flirting with the silver screen every now and then had met little success. Till this movie was released in 2010, that is. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, a period gangster film changed all that for her. Not just commercial success, it is also a critically acclaimed one, encouraging its makers to go for a sequel.