As a proportion small films were a spec forming a haze of dust against the might of the big films, trying to break through and stand against their reach, but during the current year they have indeed created propulsion as the hits that the industry has scored during the current year are quite in large numbers as compared to the flops the big films have suffered.
So far none of the big films released during the current year have either made an impact or have been commercial hits, but the small films have been universal hits all over. Take a look. The biggies that fell like nine pins include HALLA BOL, U ME AUR HUM, THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC, BHOOTNATH, LOVE STORY 2050, TASHAN while the pygmies that have scaled colossal heights include A WEDNESDAY, ROCK ON, JANNAT, JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA, MUMBAI MERI JAAN etc.
So are the small films emerging as propulsion that may change the contours of the film making in the country. It may not happen in the near future, but its rumblings are indeed going to have wide effects. The expansion of the space and the widening of the canvas have meant that there is a hunger for content in a new form that may be telling a old story but seeped in the modern conceptualities it is able to make its mark.
The average viewer is in search of a new content and the real victory for small cinema seems to be in the fact that in the World Cinema Movies channel, a small time film SIRF made its debut, while the mainstream films are yet to make their presence felt in a big way.
One factor that could be tilting the balance in favour of the small films is the cost factor, which when translated in the form of a cost of seat at a ticket window is much less as compared to a film having big star cast. As the films are sold at low cost, they also are priced low, so the turn around time for them is much faster. The underlining factor is that technology has defined proportion and with increased exposure a new age of Indian cinema may just be around the corner.