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Bollywood's surprise hits of 2013

Bollywood's surprise hits of 2013

Here's a list of films that weren't expected to grab viewers' attention, but made headlines for striking content.

New Delhi: While roping in popular names is the most reliable way for films to rake in the moolah, 2013 saw several projects that featured new faces and didn't rely on typical an cliched elements to churn out box office hits. We bring to you a list of films that weren't expected to grab attention, but emerged as surprise hits of the year.

Grand Masti: With actors Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani playing lead roles, one doesn't expect a film to break box office records, right? But Indra Kumar's film, despite its predictable plotline, piqued everyone's interest, courtesy its lewd content. The premise of the film was same as that of 2004's film 'Masti'. 'Grand Masti' revolved around three friends who attend their college reunion to relieve their sexual frustrations. While 'Masti' was laced with sexual innuendos, the sequel only offered offensive gags to the viewers. Unfortunately, the film's crude humor helped it to cross Rs 100 crore mark.

Fukrey: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba's 'Fukrey' to be a commercial success even though it didn't have any 'big' and 'popular' stars on board was no mean feat. Whether it were the specious banters between Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Choocha (Varun Sharma), Lali (Manjot Singh) or their desperate attempts to get into the college, the rollicking good caper found several takers.

Raanjhanaa: The film holds the distinction of being a surprise hit of 2013 because of the male protagonist Dhanush. Unlike other Bollywood debutantes, Dhanush, who enjoys a huge fan following down south, didn't flaunt a ripped and chiseled body in the film. But his chemistry with Sonam Kapoor was so believable that the film had to be a hit. The actor went on to prove one doesn't have to be the quintessential Bollywood hero to be appreciated by critics and fans alike. All it takes to win plaudits is acting prowess.

ABCD: Any Body Can Dance: When a film features a big name (Prabhu Deva) to reckon with, it is expected to create buzz. What worked in the favour of 'ABCD: Any Body Can Dance' was the enthusiasm of the ensemble cast of dancers. The film may have been slammed for its not-so-convincing screenplay, clichés and ordinary narrative, its original choreography stood out.

Kai Po Che: Director Abhishek Kapoor, who had grabbed everyone's attention for his debut film 'Rock On!', was appreciated for the perfection with which he handled varied moods of 'Kai Po Che'. The film, which was based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat, had an uncomplicated story set in down-to-earth middle-class world. The film was immensely liked as it offered a relatable and confident portrait of friendship.

Aashiqui 2: One shouldn't be shocked when we pick this film under the greatest surprise of the year category. Contrary to common perception that a love story can set the cash registers ringing at the box-office only if it has a popular couple on 70 MM, this time around the viewers got to see newer faces Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur as protagonists. The film's song, which were both rhythmic and melodious were popular with the youngsters and the film raked in over R100 crore on an international scale.

Go Goa Gone: Saif Ali Khan's 'Go Goa Gone' proved there is no formula for a guaranteed hit movie. Those who expected the film to be a rip-off of a not-so-popular European production, were shocked with what it offered. India's first zom com revolved around the lives of Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari and how they combat 'living dead' (zombies) in Goa. Saif Ali Khan, who played a Russian mafioso, in the film had everyone in splits with his fake accent and witty one-liners. Since nobody was expecting the film to do well, it was shocking to hear the viewers talk incessantly about its laugh-out-loud banters and actors' well-timed performances.