Coming here you were probably expecting a monologue on ‘content is king,’ a term that I’ll try to define as I avoid using it. 2017 has been a splash-of-cold-water-in-the-face for Bollywood as the audience was harsh at everything that wasn’t up to the mark. Hell, there was a mighty fall of biggies this year as the likes of Shah Rukh Khan (Jab Harry Met Sejal), Salman Khan (Tubelight), Ajay Devgn (Baadshaho), whose amongst a number of other films tanked at the box office.

Eventually, no matter if the story is based in a big town or small, if the story is not good enough, the film is not good enough. In an age where the likes of Akshay Kumar have turned to propaganda based films in order to drive content that is relevant, then you know they mean business. By content, one has to focus not dances, songs and clothes of the actors – but their characters, what drives them, why they wear the clothes they wear and what is their purpose in the story. The story comprises of a lot of factors, and the film industry (finally) has had a rude awakening of it. And in a year where complacency has cost bags of money, we should expect more from the coming year. Talking about the films that knew this already, we list some of them down to celebrate their success – which stands greater than their box office collections:

Hindi Medium

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Not only commercially success, but also critically acclaimed this Irrfan Khan starrer made it big this year in the Hindi cinema and has proved everyone that not only commercial cinema works but also content driven films make it huge to the box office. The movie was applauded by the whole country and thus making it big to a gross total of Rs 69.59 crore lifetime while the cost of the film was 22 crore.

Secret Superstar

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The story of Insu, a young Muslim girl who aspires to become a singer but faces restrictions from her conservative father, rose up to become one of the very best films of the year. Zaira Wasim, the lead star of the film, happens to cross paths with a funky musician, Aamir Khan, which unfolds into an exciting journey.

Newton

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Critically acclaimed movie ‘Newton’ has done some great box office numbers. The movie made a gross total of 22.08 crore lifetime and is said to go for Oscars. The cost of the film was Rs 9 crore.

Bareilly Ki Barfi

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A unique concept of a small town girl, who is comparatively modern compared to others in the town have connected pretty much well to the audience. The trade was also happy with the concept. The movie made 34.55 crore at the box office. The cost of the film was 20 crore.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

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Four ordinary women, inflicted by silly societal norms, have to steal, lie, cheat and hide in order to lead the lives that they rightfully deserve. The movie made a huge impact on the society and on the numbers of box office as well by collecting 19.21 crore. The cost of the movie was Rs 5 crore.

Tumhari Sulu

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Vidya Balan starrer ‘Tumhari Sullu’ that released recently was successful in finding a place in audience’s heart. The movie has crossed the Rs 27 crore mark and is still running in theatres. The cost of the film was Rs 20 crore.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

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Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘ Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ has made it big to the box office. Not only the commercial films but also the content-driven films have taken a step ahead and are competing with commercial cinema. The movie made a gross total of Rs 43.11 crore while cost of the film was Rs 17 crore.