These films range from B, C, D to E grade. What separates a D grade film from B and C is bad production and very bad actors.
Here's are some pointers to define the B,C, D and E grade films in Bollywood. (Text from mid-day.com)
These films might be targeted at 'the jhuggi jhopri crowd', but has also managed to attract some cinephiles.
Here's what a B-Grade-films-enthusiast Aseem Chandaver, the director of Miss Lovely (which pays tribute to C-Grade films) Ashim Ahluwalia, the king of B-Grade-films Kanti Shah, have to say about the ABCs of the industry and what makes it such a cult.
A B-movie is generally defined as a low budget film that is definitely not art house or pornographic.
According to Chandaver, the evolution of B-Grade films started in 1987 with a film called 'Raat Ke Andhere Main'.
In D grade films if there is shortage of actors they cast their spot boys as well. There are also various genres in these films horror, daku, junglee, Tarzan, erotica, naag and action.
The founding father of B grade films are Vinod Talwar, Mohan Bhakri and D films are Raj Kumar Kohli, Joginder and K Bapaiya.
Producer of 'Sheila Ki Jawani' Kanti Shah says that the industry is going through a rough patch due to the rise in multiplexes and the single screens shutting down.
While Neha Dhupia's famous quote 'sex and SRK sells in Bollywood' holds true for A-Grade-films, there is a blooming parallel industry of B, C, D and E-Grade films that can easily do without any Khan.
All they need is a heavy dose of 'erotica and cheap thrills' to get the desired eyeballs.
Suresh Jain is the uncrowned king of erotica.
Suresh Jain made a series of films titled 'Doodhwali', 'Machhiwali', 'Maalishwali', 'Kelewali', etc.