2017 has been a commendable year for small budget films which made a mark in the eyes of audience as well as box-office. Some big-stars have delivered flops this year like Shahrukh, Salman and Ajay and certain low-key star films grabbed the audience and moved them by the minute. Rajkumar Rao is the name which has emerged beautifully inn 2017 with small films like Trapped, Bareilly ki Barfi, Newton and great part is that each of those films made enough money on box-office to recover their investment and be called as hits. Even a big star like Akshay Kumar did a small about lack of Toilets in this country by the name of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha which was entirely based in rural part of the country and ended up becoming a superhit.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan starring Ayushman Khurana in the lead role become a big success considering return of investment and got a special place in the heart of the audience. Trapped, directed by Vikram Aditya Motwane starring Rajkumar Rao saw some packed house and huge critical acclaim by easily being one of the most unique films in the history of Hindi Cinema. Lipstick Under my Burkha was also one such film which had a long fight with the censor to get a release in the first place because of its raw adult feminist content.
Upon the release Lipstick Under my Burkha became a successful film considering return of investment and got phenomenal reviews from critics. Gurgaon, the film was also one such case where it wasn’t an anticipated release but grew the audience to make a mark this year. Fukrey Returns released on 8 December grew up to be a phenomenal blockbuster despite of the fact that part one was a moderately successful film but increased it’s audience upon satellite release. Fukrey Returns became one of the biggest successes of this year proving that these films have started to make their mark in 2017.