Every Bollywood movie comes with some expectations. We expect certain movies to do very well and do not have any expectations from certain others. After watching the trailer, the publicity, and the star cast of the movie, we sometimes dismiss certain movies as unworthy of our attention. However, it often happens that such a movie may perform very well and surprise the audience. There have been several examples of these underdogs who came and scored at the box office. Here is a list of ten such movies that pleasantly surprised us.
This 2012 movie is one of the best thrillers that Bollywood has seen in a long time. Directed by
, Kahaani did not have any popular names in the star cast except
and a few regional actors. This movie had one of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s early appearances before he became a rage in Bollywood. Kahaani is the story of a pregnant woman wandering the streets of Kolkata alone, in search of her missing husband. Kahaani had a climax that shocked the viewers. Though it was made on a limited budget, Kahaani did well at the box office and was immensely praised by critics and viewers.
This is a 2014 movie by
which is based on the journey of a shy woman who learns to live life on her own terms after she is ditched at the altar by her fiancé. Queen stars ,
in important roles, along with several foreign actors. The movie did not have much publicity and was not imagined to do as well as it did. Within a few days of its release, the film became a rage. It became a feminist symbol and a source of hope for several shy Indian women who are overshadowed by men in their lives.
Vicky Donor was Ayushmann Khurrana’s debut film in Bollywood, produced by
and directed by
. This movie had a small budget, and its cast included Ayushmann and
. The story was based on the life of a man who works as a donor at a sperm bank. The film’s theme and treatment were very fresh, and it struck the right chord with the audience. Its music also became quite famous.
4. Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
made this movie starring
and Genelia D’Souza, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na was a romantic comedy about the love story between two best friends, Jai and Aditi. The film did not seem to have any unique elements or big stars. Hence there was not much expectation from it. However, after release, the film turned out to be refreshingly funny and brilliant. All the elements of the movie came together and formed a great package which the viewers loved and accepted with a whole heart.
Tanu Weds Manu
This 2011 film was a quirky love story between a gentleman and a madcap woman. Tanu Weds Manu was directed by Anand L. Rai and starred R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, and
. The film looked like just another love story but turned out to be much more than that. The characters and the actors made the film very successful. It performed quite well at the box office, surprising the viewers and even warranting a sequel.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
, Raayo S Bakhirta,
, Sonalli Sehgall, and
Ishita Raj Sharma
, Pyaar Ka Punchnama was made targeting the young audience who are frustrated with their love lives. It tells the story of three friends who are tormented by issues with their girlfriends and lose the piece of their mind in all this mess. The movie had an unrecognized cast, meagre budget, and not much publicity before its release. However, the Indian youth could relate greatly to the film and made it a box office success. The film even has a sequel named Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2.
Vivah was Sooraj R.Barjatya’s movie about the arranged marriage between two young people and how they fall in love. In theme, it was not much different from Barjatya’s other movies. In addition, it starred actors like
, who were then not as well-known. The film might have been boring and repetitive. However, the freshness of the love story, the honest performances of the lead actors, and the simplicity of its treatment won the hearts of the viewers, making Vivah a surprise hit of 2006.
8. ABCD: Any Body Can Dance
This 2013 movie was promoted as India’s first 3D movie based on dance. It was directed by choreographer Remo D’Souza and starred several dancers as the lead stars, like
Salman Yusuff Khan
, etc, apart from
Kay Kay Menon
. The film did not have a known leading actress or any other typical attractions. Yet it became a box-office success and did great business commercially. It also has a sequel named ABCD 2.
This movie was a dark comedy directed by
, and Vidya Balan. The movie had an unconventional film and no major stars. It did not get much publicity before its release. But it turned out to be a wittily made film having all the factors to entertain the audience. It performed well commercially and had a sequel called
10. Tere Bin Laden
Tere Bin Laden was a small-budget movie made as a satirical take on the enmity between Osama Bin Laden and the United States. It presented the repercussions of the 9/11 attacks on the society. Starring Ali Zafar and
in the lead roles, Tere Bin Laden turned out to be a hilarious film with a message underneath the comic scenes. The movie did great at the box-office and earned a lot more than its small budget. Its sequel is called Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive.