We will discuss 10 Hindi Movies Without Songs which succeeded at the box office. Music is considered one of the major factors in movie success in the Bollywood industry. Sometimes even directors and producers ask for Item numbers to be included in the movie to attract more audiences. But these Bollywood movies without songs put an end to this notion and did well at the box office on the merit of their story.
In Hollywood movies, things like dance sequences and songs are not included, and they are shorter in length than Bollywood movies. However, very few directors in Bollywood have expressed so much confidence in their story that they did not have to resort to songs or Item numbers. Let’s discuss a few Hindi movies without songs that tasted success.
Successful Hindi Movies Without Songs
Here is the list of successful Hindi movies without songs. The first film without any song in Bollywood was Naujawan made by Aspi Irani in 1937. We consider it as the first film without any song because it was the first talking movie which does not have songs.
Alam Ara released in 1931 is widely regarded as the first talking film in Hindi cinema and it has soundtracks. So you can consider Naujawan as the first film without songs.
The Kashmir Files
The latest in the list of Bollywood movie without song is The Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri and starring Anupam Kher. The low-budget movie has made history by getting 10 times of its budget. The movie was initially released on only 600 screens but later due to public demand, the movie got 4000 screens.
Madras Cafe, released in 2013, is one of the Bollywood movies without songs that did not have any song, and still, the movie did well at the box office. The critics also appreciated the film. It featured actors like John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Prakash Belwadi, Siddharth Basu.
The movie is based on the late 80s and early 90s Srilanka condition and the Indian intervention in the matter. The movie was based on Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and prior planning.
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the movie had grossed Rupees 110 crores at the box office.
Released in September 2008, A Wednesday is one of the few movies whose story was later remade in other Indian language movies and foreign movies like Death Watch (A Common Man).
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the main cast in this movie were Nasruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Aamir Bashir, Dipal Shaw. It is interesting to note that Naseeruddin Shah rejected the role initially and asked the director to approach Nana Patekar but the director insisted on him.
The budget of this movie was around 6 crores Rupees whereas it did business of more than 12 crores Rupees. This movie got a rating of 8.1 on IMDb.
The Lunch Box
The Lunch Box, released in 2013, was a huge success, despite that there was no song or item number in this film. Directed by Ritesh Batra, the film was starred actors like Irrfan Khan, Nimrit Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nakula Veda, Bharti Achrekar, etc.
The budget of this film was around 22 crores Rupees while it did business of more than 100 crores Rupees at the box office. The story of this film is based in Mumbai, a woman who sends a lunch box to her husband every afternoon. Once the lunchbox accidentally reaches someone else, and then both of them become friends by letter exchange.
Bheja Fry, released in 2007, is a comedy movie starring Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Ranbir Shaurya, Milind Soman, Minisha Lamba, and directed by Sagar Ballary. This movie was a small budget movie, but due to its strong story and the strong performance of the lead doctors like Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor, it did good business against its budget. And people also liked this movie a lot, due to which this sequel was also made later.
The blockbuster released in 2005 had Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Ayesha Kapoor, Shernaz Patel, Dhritiman Chatterjee in the lead roles. Noted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed this 2-hour and 4-minute film. This story was based on a blind girl. The movie received a good response at the box office and several awards such as Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, and many more.
The budget of this movie was within 20 to 22 crores while it did business of more than 40 crores. This movie got an 8.2 rating on IMDb, which implies the public appreciated it.
Ab Tak Chappan
There was no song in Ab Tak Chappan, released in 2004, and the film was based on the special branch of Mumbai Police. The movie had artists like Nana Patekar, Revathi, Mohan Agashe, Nakula Vaid, Yashpal Sharma, Kunal Vijayakar, and was directed by Simit Amin.
Despite not having any song or item number, the film did well at the box office. The success of the first part was evident from the fact that the movie makers made a second part of the movie, which was released in 2015.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
A stalled decision directed by Basu Chatterjee based on the courtroom drama and the film was released in 1986. Many veteran actors such as Pankaj Kapoor, KK Raina, Annu Kapoor, SM Zaheer acted in this movie. The film was highly praised and has got an 8.3 rating on IMDb.
This film is counted in classic films, and there were no songs in this film.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaron
Released in 1983, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a classic comedy movie, many scenes of which still tickle people. The film was directed by Kundan Shah and starred actors like Nasruddin Shah, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Ravi Baswani, Satish Kaushik, Neena Gupta. People still remember the scene of Mahabharata in this movie.
The film was a box office success, and this film is one of the few films in the Hindi cinema world in which the film was a hit, despite not having any songs.
Kanoon, directed by BR Chopra, was released in 1960, starring artists like Ashok Kumar, Nanda, Rajendra Kumar, Mehmood, Manmohan Krishna, Jeevan, Om Prakash, Moolchand, Shashi Kala. There is no song in this movie. This film had earned one and a half crore rupees from all over the world.
Pushpak Viman (Tamil), released in 1987, released as Pushpak in Hindi, was a silent black comedy. Singeetam Srinivasa Rao directed it, and Kamla Hasan, Amla, Farida Jalal, Pratap Potan, Tinu Anand played different characters in the movie.
Kamala Hasan played the role of the protagonist (an unemployed young man) while Tinu Anand played the antagonist role.
The movie had no song as it was a silent movie with background theme music only. It did considerably well at the box office.
Wrapping Up Bollywood movies without songs
These are ten Hindi movies without songs that did well at the box office, and also viewers appreciated them for the strong storyline. The makers of the movies relied more on the story and star cast rather than catchy songs or item numbers.