While the biggies are always expected to rake in those big numbers at the box-office, it’s the success of smaller films which surprise you, enthrall you and motivate the industry on the whole. This year somehow, many of those blockbuster films failed to hit the mark – while the small wonders saved the day! These films certainly should be called gems or wonders – for the fact that they proved that a good film requires good content to begin with and films with moderate budgets will also make a mark if they’re relevant and entertaining. These are the films which had the guts to be different. Here’s a list of films which proved to be the small wonders of 2018. Many of them brought in numbers at the box-office and many were path-breaking, content wise. Take a look!


While ‘Badhaai Ho’ starred Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra, the film actually revolved around Neena Gupta and Gajendra Rao. Nobody really expected a story like this and it’s the film’s simplicity along with the charm of the characters which lured the audience and how! There was immense buzz surrounding it right from the trailer itself, but the response at the theatres, was completely surprising. People still can’t stop raving about ‘Badhaai Ho’.  It was engaging, entertaining, and real – all at once, and the film striked a chord with the cinegoers. Made under a moderate budget, it collected about 130 crores at the box-office.


Another film which crossed the 100-crore mark this year, ‘Stree’ was spoken about for being a one of a kind horror comedy ever made in India. People were surprised by the fact that the film belonged to the horror genre, was entertaining, funny, and yet gave out a strong message.


This film was a sleeper hit. Nobody really expected this one to work the way it did. While people knew that the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ team is coming together once again, it didn’t really have a huge star value attached to it. ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ worked purely on the basis of word of mouth, for being thoroughly entertaining. It connected well with everyone who has a best friend – and right from its concept to the dialogues and songs – all of it was a hit amongst the audience. This film set one of the biggest examples in 2018!


‘Hichki’ had Rani Mukherji play an aspiring teacher with a Tourette syndrome. It was based on the true story of Brad Cohen and did exceptionally well, having been made under an extremely small budget. Hichki was a meaningful, motivational film and the makers were also low-key as far as the promotions were concerned. It’s definitely one of the gems of 2018.


Directed by Anubhav Sinha, ‘Mulk’ was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2018. It was well-appreciated for its story and performances by the cast including Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu. Box-office wise as well, the film generated decent numbers.


‘Soorma’ was a based on the real life story of hockey player Sandeep Singh, and Diljit Dosanjh effortless portrayed him on-screen. It was a motivational story, which nobody was aware of. The film was well-appreciated for bringing to light Sandeep Singh’s struggle and undying spirit apart from the performances!


‘Tumbadd’ had been in the making for six years before it finally released in 2018. It proved to be a one-of-its kind horror thriller and can boast of being exceptional as far as the visual appeal is concerned. Many even believe that Hindi cinema has not really made a film, so visually beautiful. Sohum Shah also received immense appreciation for his act in ‘Tumbadd’.


‘Karwan’ didn’t do as great box-office wise but was a gem, critically. The film had its heart in the right place and great performances by Irrfan Khan, Dilquer Salman and Mithila Palkar.


Pihu is a first of its kind film with just one character – a two year old girl. Pihu is a thriller based on a true story – of what really happens if a two year old is self alone at home. Pihu left the audience scared and engaged even at the trailer level and the film proved to be extremely gripping!


Yet another biography, ‘Manto’ was based on famous urdu writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, effortlessly portrayed by Nawaazuddin Siddiqui. It obviously was meant for a certain section of the audience, but those who’ve seen it, have been awestruck by this flawless piece by Nandita Das. It certainly has been one of the best films of 2018.

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