By Hindustan Times
Bollywood has struck big without the Khans, and it’s the small-budget films that gave the biggest surprise. The first five months of this year have seen no Salman, Shah Rukh or Aamir release; it’s the tight-budget non-commercial films that have set cash registers ringing.
The icing on the cake has been three biggies that have crossed the Rs. 100 crore mark. “We don’t need Khans to run a film ... we didn’t have any Khan in Kahaani and Vicky Donor; still they did well. It all depends on the content,” says trade analyst Vinod Mirani.
Paan SInghA bouquet of small films such as Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor and Ishaqzaade turned into big successes at the ticket window. Except Ishaqzaade, which was made at a budget of Rs. 25 crore, the other three were made within Rs. 10 crore.