I have seen so many people criticizing the Indian Cinema especially the Bollywood movies about lack of story line and quality. We have claimed that there are not enough Hindi films which can appeal to our curiosity. But, have we ever tried to go beyond our comfort zone of devouring star-studded trashy cinema and considered watching the immense treasure of underrated ones?
In reality there's no shortage of such quality movies in Bollywood, It's just that we don't get to hear much about them because of the marketing gimmicks of mainstream commercial movies, which these underrated ones can't generally afford.
Below is the list of such underrated Bollywood films that will make you reconsider your stance on Hindi Cinema!
Gulaal is set in Rajpur a fictional city of Rajasthan, where a member of the erstwhile royal family stakes claim to the land of Rajasthan and wants to go back to the days of royalty. He wants Rajputana back from the Government of India and challenges the very idea of democracy. His history backs him, his people too, but the power corrupts him.
2. No Smoking
This movie is based primarily on Stephen King’s short story, ‘No Smoking’ and the that the movie has been described by many as a film that was ahead of its time clearly backs the fact that how good the movie is.
The story of a self-centered chain-smoker K, his submissiveness towards a self-proclaimed Godman who cures patients like K by using divisive and invasive techniques and the self-realisation later on forms the premise of the movie.It is considered as one of the best efforts of Anurag Kashyap.
3. Manorama Six Feet Under
Manorama Six Feet Under focuses on a story of a PWD engineer Satyaveer and his no avail of day-to-day life, followed by the death of a lady called Manorama under mysterious circumstances who had wanted Satyaveer to figure out the thicker plot behind one Mr P.P. Rathore.
A movie comprising layers and layers of revelations and stellar performances, it will keep you busy until the end.
4. Johnny Gaddaar
Probably one of the best debuts in Bollywood and one of the most underrated movies ever, ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ was a miracle that happened ten years ago.
A fitting tribute to legendary filmmaker Vijay Anand, and having replete references of ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ and writer ‘James Hadley Chase’ throughout the movie, ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ fits all the descriptions of a thriller perfectly.
Vikram (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who plots to kill and does kill all his crime cohorts one by one, while trying desperately to use the money involved in shady dealings.
With plenty of twists, the movie will give you some major shocks towards the end.
The story of a group of intoxicated filthily rich wannabe addicts, their ordeal whilst eloping from an accidental crime and the ensuing pursuit by an equally corrupted police force.
While the tormented youth never find respite throughout the movie, there is some gory stuff and disturbing action content, mostly to impress and cringe you throughout. ‘Shaitaan’ is worth every second of your time.
6. Being Cyrus
Though some might call it as an English language movie,
Being Cyrus was the first English-Bollywood movie of Saif Ali Khan and the directorial debut of Homi Adajania.
The story of a serial killer Cyrus and his sister Tina, ‘Being Cyrus’ reveals too little until the very end to be predictable.
Even though watching it would be a one-time affair, the movie is very adeptly written and executed, both with the screenplay and the performances.
The movie literally explores the sentiments of a father-daughter relationship under the garb of corrupt policemen, failed marriages and backstabbing friends.
The entire movie comes down to the fact that amidst all the complications of a lost kid and the seeking after involved therein, little observations like the most obvious ones could have saved the innocent’s life. And a marriage might as well.
This is one such movie which is worth watching over and over again.
Cupid strikes between a widower played by Irrfan Khan and a woman seeking husband’s attention played by Nimrat Kaur when the tiffin delivery guy makes an error and Nimrta’s tiffin which is supposed to reach her husband ends up delivered to Irrfan Khan.
Trapped is a survival drama film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.
The film stars Rajkummar Rao where he is stuck in an empty high rise without food, water or electricity. It was shot in less than a month in Mumbai in 2016.
The film had its world premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival and was praised and received a standing ovation.
10. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
The movie is set against the backdrop of the Indian Emergency and revolves around three young people in the 1970s. In the film, we can see India undergoing massive social and political changes.
The title was inspired from a poem by Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and the film even got critical claim and went to 12 film festivals in the duration of 6 months.
This underrated movie starring Ronit Roy who plays a role of a very strict father who assaults his kid too much but then tables turn when the elder kid plans an escape taking along his small brother along with him.
The story is beautifully depicted with an amazing camera work!
This movie is one such example for the struggling and the upcoming entrepreneurs, who want to do something big in their lives.
Movie focuses on the story is about a small Gujarati villager who makes it big and becomes the biggest Industrialist of India. The movie deals with the high and lows of the life of an entrepreneur and perfectly depicts the sacrifices that he makes.
This movie is loosely based on the life story of Reliance Group founder ‘Dhirubhai Ambani’.
13. Shor in the City
The film, directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., revolves around five central characters who face challenges in the crime-laden Mumbai depicted in the movie.
14. Margarita with a Straw
This movie primarily focuses and revolves around young rebellious woman who embarks on a breathtaking journey of self-discovery.
Margarita with a Straw was one of the five projects selected for the Work In Progress Lab of Film Bazaar 2013.
It is one such movie which no one even though could become the talk of the town after it was announced as an official entry to the Oscars under the ‘Best Foreign Film Category’.
Rajkummar Rao starrer ‘Newton’ is about a rookie government clerk who tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.
If you think we missed out any movie, do write us in the comment section below.