The craze for cinema has evolved in people over the past few years, and they are more likely to spend their time watching movies. Everyone tends to flock the multiplexes whenever any Big Bollywood star’s movie comes out.
But avoiding some low-budget and small star movies when they are nice is a typical act of people.
Yeah, there are Bollywood movies that are extremely good and have the power to make it big and engage the audience well but have been overlooked simply because they are a low-budget or a small star movie.
So today, we’ve gathered a list of such films that may not have been able to cast their magic into multiplexes and may have earned less, but don’t let the audience hold back from watching and talking about them. Those are Bollywood’s most underrated films:
For this, we will probably fall short of terms!! It’s a cinematic journey that will surely startle you and scare the hell out of you!! The film was just another experience point, and it had a unique plot of the story.
It was really one of 2018’s best films, but the film couldn’t perform well at the box office due to lack of publicity.
An acute female-centred plotline that talks about sexual emancipation, female friendship, homosexuality, all in a very specific, neighbouring, rural sense. Filled with insightful performances, this film bears tremendous responsibility for feminism.
Stanley Ka Dabba
Stanley Ka Dabba is a Hindi-language comedy-drama movie written, directed and produced by Amole Gupte in 2011 and featured his son Partho Gupte in Stanley’s lead role. The film revolves around Stanley ‘s life and hardships and pushes viewers to think about child psyche and child labour issues.
Although a low-budget film, it was able to represent the issue well effectively. Divya Dutta, Partho and Amole’s strong performance was truly exceptional and has the power to gaze at the audience.
However, at the box office, the film did average business, but it really had a clear message and it’s worth a watch!!
Lipstick Under My Burkha
At the box office, the film may not have received a positive response but it was praised by the critics. Alankrita Shrivastava ‘s film promotes gender equality and empowerment for women.
A Masterpiece of Anurag Kashyap, Gulaal explores themes such as the struggle for power, the search for legitimacy, perceived injustices and the labyrinth of power games.
The film has risen to positive reviews from both critics and viewers and has also been shown at London film festivals, whereupon it has developed a significant cult following. Ultimately, we ‘d just say if you’re looking for a decent movie, then you have to watch it once.
Do Dooni Chaar
It was also the best film for solving a common man ‘s problems. The film portrays a middle-class family and their aspirations which they could never have fulfilled. After a long time, the film starred Neetu and Rishi’s couple.
Arindam Chaudhari directed this comedy-family movie. This also binds us to the real-life battle where a middle-class family struggles to meet their home needs and buy car dreams.
Lahore is a 2010 Indian Hindi sports film which was released on 19 March 2010 and is loosely based on the Best of the Best American martial arts film. This tells the story of a kickboxer from India who defeats a kickboxer from Pakistan in an Asian kickboxing tournament.
The event ends in a tragedy due to the intemperance of the Pakistani players and the peace process begun by both countries struggles to gain momentum. This is particularly so when the brother of the Indian hero is determined to avenge his family and country during a second international bout that takes place in Lahore.
Basically, the story of a cricketer turning into a boxer to avenge the death of his brother!! Not only was the film underrated but it wasn’t even released in Pakistan because it was considered to portray Pakistan in bad light!!
Margarita, With A Straw
This is a story of a daring young woman embarking on a thrilling journey of self-discovery. Margarita with a Straw was one of five projects chosen for Film Bazaar ‘s 2013 Work In Progress Lab.
Shor in the City
This one is a totally quirky cameo on Mumbai – a city that continues to hypnotize people with its shades of a chameleon. The movie is directed by Raj and DK and was the first time Tusshar Kapoor’s and Radhika Apte’s pair starred together.
The film very beautifully depicted the crime that was prevalent in Mumbai City and was well appreciated by critics. But it’s still known as an overlooked movie and poorly performed at the box office.
This neo-noir movie, directed by Ajay Bahl is based on a short story, Mohan Sikka’s The Railway Aunty. It is a story that looks to the fatal promise of a new life.
When Mukesh meets Sarika at a kitty party, he knows little about the town and its ways and means of surviving. Which happens is a twist of fate, a type of story that surfaces as ‘heinous acts of crime’ in the tabloids.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui does another best work!! Liar’s Dice was a Hindi road movie which Geetu Mohandas wrote and directed in 2013. Together with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film starred Geetanjali Thapa telling the story of a young mother from a remote village who is missing in search of her missing husband, the film examines the human cost of migration to cities and exploitation of migrant workers.
The film proceeded at the 61st National Film Awards to win two National Film Awards!!
We can’t really afford to miss any of his films after seeing the performance and efforts of actor Rajkumar Rao in the film Trapped! Exactly right?
He has become one of Bollywood’s most versatile actors, dazzling the audience with his incredible work in blockbusters like Stree, Trapped, Newton, etc.
His film Shahid, however, stills remains an understated masterpiece. The film was based on the story of human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi. The film has received the Best Actor and Based Director national award.
While the film’s name sounds somewhat strange and you may not even have heard the name before, but the film really was worth a watch.
It was directed by Bedabrata Pain and was based on the Chittagong uprising of British India in the 1930s. Actor Manoj Bajpayee was seen in the film as a leading role and the National Award also went on to win!
This Nawazuddin and Niharika Singh film won Special Jury National Award. The plot was based on two brothers known for making horror movies about women.
The film directed by Hansal Mehta follows the true story of Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Marathi and the head of classical modern Indian languages suspended for his sexual orientation and gross misconduct of morality, Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a gay professor here, receives unanimous critical applause from top critics.
Want to know the Pakistanis’ overwhelming love for Bollywood movies, watch this one out. A plain, vivid and eerie depiction of two people from India and Pakistan respectively, both victims of terrorism, ‘Bollywood films’ are the only connecting force between them to live.