I loved Take Off.
But let's be honest. If Bollywood makes to similar or to say say realistic then no producer will invest big & the film will not do more than 60-65cr business.
The reason why I see this debate flawed is coz few section complain about big commercial films lacking realism or even narrate a realistic incident through them. When they do with all the elements a biggie should have them they complain.
Just look at a Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dangal or 3 Idiots, you take a story but tell it the way it reaches the majority. Sure even I have been taught the European story telling pattern in Whistling Woods course, but the fact remains about the reach of that narration.
Malayalam Take Off remained realistic. It didn't need a big superstar. But the moment you bring in big superstar, the game changes. An Airlift might've done 100cr but put Salman, Aamir or SRK in it or even in Take Off, nobody can guarantee a big number there considering the potential.
Also, once you have them, medium budget film is out of question. Once you raise the budget you work on the economics too. Clear example, you don't make a Tubelight promising a Bajrangi follow up. You just can't forcefully change the audience preference. Never has happened before, never will happen in future.