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Sleeper Hits of 2012 award goes to...

However, some films, though small, managed to make an impressive mark at the ticket windows...

Vicky Donor
Vicky Donor

Shoojit Sircar took a huge risk with two newbies and a rather offbeat subject of sperm donation. The film that was John Abraham’s first production went on to rake in some huge moolah.

OMG: Oh My God!
OMG: Oh My God!

Akshay Kumar introduced his new banner to make ‘small’ films that went on to make over R 80 crore in India theatrical alone. The film adapted from a Gujarati play was a runaway hit.

1920-The Evil Returns
1920-The Evil Returns

The filmmakers took a big risk to release it during the pre-Diwali period. The cast consisting of Aftab Shivdasani and Tia Bajpai was not impressive at all. Debutant director Bhushan Patel went for a sixer and the film ended up breaking many records.

Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur

Anurag Kashyas’s dream project had an ensemble cast but no stars. The film got a thumbs-up not only at the ticket counter but also from the critics. It is now referred to as one of Kashyap’s best works. Unfortunately the second part did not meet with a similar fate.

Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar

The film was lying in the cans for a good amount of time and was a low-key release. It picked up, thanks to word-of-mouth praise. Irrfan was outstanding and director Tigmanshu Dhulia was heaped with praise.

(Some other films that we thought deserved a mention were Kahaani, English Vinglish, Ishaqzaade and Hate Story.)

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