Bollywood films release every Friday and we witness all kind of genres in them. Some are commercial and some are off-beat. Some are mega budget projects and some are small content driven.
And some are the most unexpected movies that turn out to give the biggest box office collection. Yes these are the movies that people think might come and go in a jiffy but they stay, entertain and earn big molaah.
Here’s taking a look at 14 such Bollywood films that turned out to unexpected hits in cinema.
The Dirty Picture (2011)- 85 crores
The decade (almost) began with a power-packed performance by Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture. This movie was the second-highest-grossing movie Emraan Khan has been in. The women-oriented movie with the right amount of ‘dirtiness’ with highly applaudable content worked big wonders.
Kahaani (2012)- 59.26 crores
With a female lead and a mysterious plot, the film had really low expectations to impress. But the intriguing subject attracted audiences and made it a definite success commercially as well.
Aashiqui 2 (2013)- 85.40 crores
The romantic drama was a sequel to the 1990 musical blockbuster Aashiqui and had barely created any buzz before release. But the film made collections of almost ₹ 80 crore and created stars out of its lead pair Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor besides having each song top the charts, making it one of the most successful albums in recent times.
Queen (2014)- 61 crores
Queen can said to be the turning point in Kangana’s career, which pushed her into the big league. Produced on the budget of 12.5 crores, the lifetime collections of 97 crores, set the ball rolling for Hindi cinema.
Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2015, 2017)- 120 crores and 511.30 crores, respectively.
Even though it’s not a Bollywood film, it did wonders to the Indian box-office. Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, both the movies went on to become the highest grossing film of the decade. The magnum-opus mythological drama broke all box-office records becoming the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)- 152 crores
Produced with a budget of 60-70 crore, the movie did a wonderful job at the box office. The direction played a big part in the success, but the major attraction was Kangana.
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018)- 108.71 crores
The movie surpassed all expectations and gave shocking numbers at the box office. The Pyaar Ka Panchnama cast and crew came together to show a different story-line, the bromance one, and the audience loved it. SKTKS broke the notions and went onto become the second highest grosser of 2018.
Baaghi 2 (2018)- 165 crores
The film, which is a sequel to 2016 hit Baaghi, received decent reviews. It crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in just six days. The film’s huge success also made Tiger the youngest Bollywood actor to score the fastest century.
Stree (2018)- 129.67 crores
The first movie in the category of horror comedy, Stree entered the ₹100 crore club just 18 days after its release. The movie, that was made on a budget of only ₹20 crores, impressed the audience with its unique storyline (inspired by a real-life incident), fine performances by all the cast, and intelligent -almost introspective – humor.
AndhaDhun (2018)- 72.50 crores
This black comedy thriller had people on the edge of their seats throughout the movie. Made on a budget of only ₹25 crores, the thriller saw Tabu and Ayushmann in completely different roles. It has already earned a collection of ₹72.50 crores and is currently still running at the movie screens.
Badhaai Ho (2018)- 136.80
Another unexpected surprise on the Box Office was the comedy-drama Badhaai Hothat had a collection of ₹132.65 crores against a budget of ₹30 crores. The unique story was further elevated by intelligent dialogues and exceptional performance by the stellar starcast, especially Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri, and Neena Gupta.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)- 244.06 crores
Starring Vicky Kaushal, Uri was directed by Aditya Dhar which was released in January last year. It is a movie that depicted the surgical strike that India had done on the Pakistani terrorist camps. This was one of the most loved movies by the audience which made them feel patriotic.
Kabir Singh (2019)- 278.24 crores
This film was a remake of a Telegu film ‘Arjun Reddy. It was directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and was released in June, last year. This film was appreciated and criticised by the audience but went on to do pretty well at the box office.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020)- 276.90 crores*
‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ is continuing its phenomenal business at the box office. The collections of the film are now Rs.276.90 crore nett and it could add another one crore nett to the total.