10 lowest budget movies in India that smashed box-office: Raazi, Stree, Vicky Donor, and more

There are a bunch of Indian movies that are made on a low budget but rocked the box office. Take a look at the list curated by Pinkvilla.

Updated on Nov 29, 2023  |  06:49 PM IST |  451K
10 lowest budget movies in India that smashed box-office: Raazi, Stree, Vicky Donor, and more
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The Indian film industry has achieved massive success globally with its dramatization and portrayal of diverse cultures. The plethora of films that the industry has contributed to the world is fantastic and has earned fans worldwide. It is the largest film industry in terms of output. The huge Hindi film industry, known as Bollywood has particularly attracted the attention of a global audience. There are a bunch of low-budget Bollywood movies that turned out to box office hits. According to Box Office India, the below-mentioned films are made on low budgets. 

Here are 10 lowest-budget movies in Bollywood that smashed box-office

1. Raazi (2018)

Running Time: 2h 20min
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Movie Genre: Drama, Thriller, Action
Movie Star Cast: Alia BhattVicky KaushalJaideep AhlawatSoni RazdanAmruta Khanvilkar
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Writer: Meghna GulzarGulzar, Screenplay: Bhavani Iyer, Meghna Gulzar Dialogues: Meghna Gulzar, Harinder S. Sikka
Year of release: 2011
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Raazi is a gripping tale of a young Indian girl, Sehmat, who is sent on a dangerous mission to Pakistan in the year 1971. The story is a thrilling account of Sehmat's journey as she navigates through the treacherous world of espionage, putting her life at risk for the sake of her country.


According to Box Office India, Raazi is made on a budget of  ₹38 cr. 

2. Stree (2018) 

Running Time: 2h 9min
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Movie Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Movie Star Cast: Kriti SanonShraddha KapoorPankaj TripathiRajkummar RaoNora Fatehi,  Abhishek BanerjeeAparshakti KhuranaVijay RaazFlora Saini
Director: Amar Kaushik
Writer: Raj NidimoruKrishna DK, Sumit Arora
Year of release: 2018
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

Stree is inspired by a popular myth and folklore that is widely believed in various parts of India. The story is set in the small town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, where an annual pooja is held for four days. During this time, the spirit of a wandering bride haunts the streets and calls out to unsuspecting young men. If they turn back, it is believed that they have accepted her proposal and will be taken away by her. 

Stree is made on a budget of 24 cr. according to Box Office India. The film earned a lot of praise from fans and critics.

3. Vicky Donor (2012)

Running Time: 2h 6min
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Movie Genre: Comedy, Romance
Movie Star Cast: Ayushmann KhurranaJohn AbrahamYami GautamAnnu KapoorDolly Ahluwalia, Jayant Das , Swaroopa Ghosh , Inderpal Singh , Bupesh Pandya , Siddharth Bhardwaj , Aaditrie Dipika , Vijay Meenu
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi
Year of release: 2012
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video, Jio Cinema, Apple TV+

Vicky Donor revolves around Dr. Baldev Chaddha, a fertility expert who owns a clinic and sperm bank in Delhi. He seeks a healthy and high-performing donor to provide successful cases for couples. 

According to Box Office India, Vicky Donor is made on est. ₹10.00 cr. The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 60th National Film Awards.


4. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)


Running Time: 2h 15min
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Movie Genre: Action, Crime, Biography
Movie Star Cast: Nawazuddin SiddiquiIrrfan KhanMahie Gill, Khan Jahangir Khan, Imran Hasnee, Rajiv Gupta, Jahangir Khan, Swapnil Kiiran Kotriwar
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Writer: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sanjay Chauhan
Year of release: 2012
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

Paan Singh Tomar is a biographical film depicting the life of an Indian athlete who turns into a rebel. From being a national steeplechase champion to a dacoit, the film explores the transformation of Paan Singh Tomar, showcasing the complexities of his character and the societal forces at play.

According to Box Office India, Paan Singh Tomar is one of the low-budget Bollywood movies in India. It was made on est. ₹7 cr. It won the Best Feature Film award at the 60th National Film Awards in 2012. Irrfan Khan also won the Best Actor award at the same festival.

5. Bheja Fry (2007) 

Bheja Fry IMDb

Running Time: 1h 35min
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Movie Genre: Comedy, Thriller 
Movie Star Cast: Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Sharat Katariya, Milind Soman 
Director: Sagar Ballary 
Year of release: 2007
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

In Bheja Fry, Ranjeet invites trouble when he welcomes Bharat, an aspiring singer, to his house. However, Bharat realises the mess he has created and tries to amend things for Ranjeet, but causes more damage.

According to BOI, the film is made on est. 1 cr. 50 lacs. It is one of the lowest budget movies in India which became hit. 

6. A Wednesday (2008) 

Running Time: 1h 44min
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Movie Genre: Thriller, Crime
Movie Star Cast: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Writer: Neeraj Pandey
Year of release: 2008
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix


In A Wednesday, Prakash Rathod, a retired police commissioner recounts the most memorable case of his career wherein he was informed about a bomb scare in Mumbai by an ordinary commoner.

Box Office India has mentioned that A Wednesday was made on a budget of est. 3 cr. The film won a number of awards like Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the 56th National Film Awards. 

7. Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017)

Running Time: 1h 59min
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Movie Genre: Drama, Comedy
Movie Star Cast: Vikrant MasseyRatna Pathak ShahKonkona Sen SharmaShashank AroraAahana Kumra, Sonal Jha, Vaibhav Tatwawdi, Jagat Singh Solanki, Disha Arora, Namita Dubey
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Writer: Alankriti Shrivastava, Gazal Dhaliwal, Suhani Kanwar
Year of release: 2017
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Lipstick Under My Burkha features Four average women who are forced to steal, lie, deceive, and hide in order to live the life they deserve because of ridiculous societal rules. 

According to Box Office India, the film is made on a budget of 7 cr. It won several awards. 

8. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

Running Time: 2h 16min
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Movie Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Biography
Movie Star Cast: Rani MukerjiMahesh BhattVidya BalanAbhishek BanerjeeSatyadeep MisraNeil Bhoopalam, Rajesh Sharma
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Writer: Raj Kumar Gupta, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Year of release: 2011
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

No One Killed Jessica is a gripping Bollywood film inspired by true events. The story revolves around the murder of Jessica Lal, a model and celebrity bartender, and the subsequent trial that unfolded in India. The film delves into the power dynamics, media influence, and societal pressures that surround high-profile criminal cases. 

According to BOI, the film was made on a budget of 19 cr. It is one of the best low-budget Bollywood movies of all time. 


9. Kahaani (2012)

Running Time: 2h 2min
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Movie Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Movie Star Cast: Nawazuddin SiddiquiVidya BalanIndraneil SenguptaParambrata Chatterjee
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Writer: Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita Kala, Suresh Nair
Year of release: 2012
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Kahaani features Vidya Balan in the lead role as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman who visits Kolkata during the Durga Puja festival to search for her missing husband, Arnab Bagchi. Vidya Bagchi gets help from Sub-Inspector Satyoki Rana Sinha and Inspector General A. Khan to search for her missing husband, Arnab Bagchi. The story also involves a poison-gas attack on a Kolkata Metro Rail compartment two years prior, where all passengers were killed.

BOI has mentioned that Kahaani was made on a budget of 20 cr. The film won three National Film Awards. 

10. Tere Bin Laden (2010)

Tere Bin Laden IMDb

Running Time: 1hour 35min
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Movie Genre: Comedy, Drama
Movie Star Cast: Ali ZafarSeema PahwaPiyush MishraPradhuman SinghRahul SinghChinmay Mandlekar
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Writer: Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Ahmad
Year of release: 2010
Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Jio Cinema

Tere Bin Laden focuses Ali, a reporter, facing US visa rejections, sparks chaos by sharing a video of an Osama Bin Laden doppelganger online.


According to Box Office India, Tere Bin Laden needed 9cr. 50 lacs to make. 

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What is a low-budget film in India?
Vicky Donor is one of the low-budget films in India.

Which is the No 1 biggest movie in India?
According to Wikipedia, Dangal is the highest grossing Indian film.

How low is a low budget film?
According to Topsheet, the general consensus is that a feature made with less than a $2 million budget is considered a low budget movie. However, with the average cost of a film running between $70-$90 million, that number may be somewhat flexible.

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