From the past few years, the craze for cinema has increased in people and they are more likely to spend their time watching movies. Everyone tends to flock the multiplexes whenever the film of any Big Bollywood star is released. But it is a common act of people to ignore some low-budget and small star movies even though they are good. Yes, there are movies in Bollywood which are extremely good and have the strength to make it big and engage the audience well but were left ignored just because of being a low-budget or a small star movie. So today, we have gathered a list of such movies, which might have not been able to cast their magic in multiplexes and might have earned less but do not let the audience to hold back from watching them and talking about them. These are the most underrated films of Bollywood:
An acute women-centric plotline that talks of sexual liberation, female friendship, homosexuality, all in a very regional, next-door, rural perspective. Packed with articulate performances, this film holds over feminism with immense responsibility.
Stanley Ka Dabba
Stanley Ka Dabba is a 2011 Hindi-language comedy-drama film written, directed and produced by Amole Gupte and featured his son Partho Gupte in the lead role of Stanley. The film revolves around the life and hardships of Stanley and impels the viewers to think over topics of child psyche and child labor. Though it was a low budget film but was successfully able to portray the issue well. The strong acting of Divya Dutta, Partho and Amole was truly exceptional and has the power to behold the audience. However, the film did average business at the box-office but truly had a strong message and is worth giving a watch!!
Lipstick Under My Burkha
The film may not have received a good response at the box office, but the critics appreciated it. This film by Alankrita Shrivastava advocates gender equality and women empowerment.
An Anurag Kashyap’s Masterpiece, Gulaal explores the themes such as power struggle, search for legitimacy, perceived injustices and labyrinth of power games. The film rose to rave reviews by critics and audiences alike, also it was screened in London film festivals whereupon it has gained a significant cult following. At last, we would just say that if you are in a search for a good cinema, then you must watch it once.
Do Dooni Chaar
This was indeed the best film addressing the problems of a common man. The film depicts a middle-class family and their desires which they could probably never fulfill. The film featured the pair of Neetu and Rishi after a long time. This family comedy film was directed by Arinandam Chaudhari. It truly connects us to the real-life struggle where a middle-class family tries to balance their home needs and dreams of buying a car.
We would certainly fall short of words for this one!! It is a cinematic journey that will certainly leave you amazed and scare the hell out of you!! The film was just another level of experience and had a unique story plot. It was truly one of the best films of 2018 but, due to lack of promotion, the film could not perform well at the box office.
Lahore is a 2010 Indian Hindi sports film that was released on 19 March 2010 and is loosely based on the American martial arts movie Best of the Best. It depicts the story of an Indian kickboxer who defeats a Pakistani kickboxer in an Asian kickboxing tournament. The event ends in a tragedy due to the Pakistani players’ intemperance and the peace process initiated by the two countries struggles to gain its momentum. This is especially when the Indian hero’s brother is determined to avenge his family and country during a second international bout that is being held in Lahore. Basically, the story of a cricketer who becomes a boxer to avenge his brother’s death!! The film was not only underrated but was not even released in Pakistan as it was regarded to portray Pakistan in bad light!!
Margarita, With A Straw
This is a tale about a 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.
Shor in the City
This one’s a completely quirky cameo on Mumbai – a city that continues to hypnotize people with its chameleon hues. The film is directed by Raj and DK and was the first time when the pair of Tusshar Kapoor and Radhika Apte was starred together. The film depicted the crime prevalent in the city of Mumbai very beautifully and was well appreciated by the critics. But is still considered an underrated movie and performed poorly at the box office.
This neo-noir film, directed by Ajay Bahl is based on a short story, The Railway Aunty by Mohan Sikka. It is a story looking at the fatal promise of a new life. When Mukesh meets Sarika at a kitty party, little does he know of the city and its ways and means to survive. What follows is a twist of destiny, a kind of story that appears in the tabloids as ‘heinous acts of crime’.
Another best work is done by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui!! Liar’s Dice was a 2013 Hindi road movie written and directed by Geetu Mohandas. The film starred Geetanjali Thapa along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, telling the story of a young mother from a remote village who, going in search of her missing husband, goes missing, the film examines the human cost of migration to cities and the exploitation of migrant workers. The film went on to receive two National Film Awards at the 61st National Film Awards !!
After seeing the work and efforts of the actor Rajkumar Rao in the film Trapped, we truly cannot afford to miss upon any of his films! Right? He has become one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood who has stunned the audience with his amazing work in blockbusters like Stree, Trapped, Newton, etc. However, his movie Shahid, stills remains an underrated masterpiece. The film was based on the story of Shahid Azmi, a lawyer, and human rights activist. The film received the National Award for Best Actor and Based Director.
Though the name of the movie appears slightly weird and you might even not have heard the name before, but the film was truly worth a watch. It was directed by Bedabrata Pain and was based on 1930’s British India’s Chittagong uprising. Actor Manoj Bajpayee was seen as a lead role in the film and it even went on to win the National Award!
This film of Nawazuddin and Niharika Singh won the National Award for Special Jury. Its story was based on two brothers who were known for making sex horror films.
The Hansal Mehta directed film follows the true story of Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Marathi and the head of classical modern Indian languages who was suspended for his sexual orientation and on gross misconduct of morality, Manoj Bajpayee who plays a gay professor here wins unanimous critical applause from top critics, also a must watch to see for the bond that nurtured between professor and a journalist ( Rajkumar Rao).
Want to feel the immense love Pakistanis give for Bollywood movies, watch this one out. A simple, lucid and uncanny portrayal of two persons of from India and Pakistan respectively, both being victims of terrorism, the only binding force between them to live is ‘Bollywood films’.