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The Bollywood film industry has millions of people following its every move with over a thousand films released a year. And some films blow up while others tank. There are certain factors that ensure a film’s general success.

For example, big stars and a big budget go a long way towards making a film a hit. Because the star power draws people to the cinema. And a big budget means a big production. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes small budget films can have a huge impact because of great acting and creative storytelling.

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Here are 6 low budget Bollywood films which did exceptionally well at box office.

1. Peepli Live

This 2010 film became a huge hit despite its serious subject matter and lack of star power. The satirical comedy delved into content related to “farmer suicides” – a prevalent social issue. In a country like India where 70 percent of the population depends on agriculture to make a living the existing policies hinder the poor majority.

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Bad policies, high debt, and other issues impact mental health and are a leading cause for Indian suicides. And Peepli Live addressed this beautifully. The film directed by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui made over 46 Crore from a budget of just 14 Crore.

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2. Pink

Pink – directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury – was released in 2016 and explored issues of consent and women’s rights in a highly patriarchal society. The film featured Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu and was a huge success. The initial budget of 29 Crore made a profit of 109 Crore when it hit the big screens.

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During its 50 day theatre run Pink was specially screened at both the United Nations headquarters and the Rajasthan Police station. The plot dealt with controversial issues like police treatment of rape victims, harassment allegations and the importance of male accountability.

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