We all have grown up watching Bollywood Movies. Some movies are close to our hearts, while some characters are very relatable. In India, most of the time, films are considered successful based on their box office collection. But once in a while, there is always a movie that hits us so hard with its script, acting, and direction but fails to make big money at the box-office.
Here Are Top 15 Critically Acclaimed Underrated Bollywood Movies:
1. Manorama: Six Feet Under (2007)
Directed by “NH10” & “Laal Kaptaan” fame Navdeep Singh, featuring one of the best actors, Abhay Deol in the lead role is based on Roman Polanski’s Thriller-Mystery Chinatown. This movie talks about Corruption, Dirty politics, System and how it works hand in hand. This must-watch underrated Bollywood movie is the power-pack of Crime, Thriller, Murder-Mystery.
2. Black Friday (2007)
You might have heard of this movie from the newspaper or on the news channel headlines. This controversial movie was directed by Anurag Kashyap and talked about the following of the 1993 Bombay blast. This dark thriller will leave you stunned and shaken.
3. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)
Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, this underrated Bollywood movie features our favorite boy-next-door Abhay Deol in the lead role. This comedy film is inspired by real-life conman Devinder Singh (Bunty) from Delhi. Picturization, dialogue delivery, and that Delhi touch in this movie is priceless. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, then go and watch this comedy cult now. I bet you will fall in love with the character of “Lucky.”
4. Udaan (2010)
Udaan is a movie about the upcoming age that talks about a young boy, the ups and downs in his life, his passion for poetry, and his relationship with his father. Udaan is a story of our young generation. You will experience a new perspective of thought processes, relations, and life through the lens of his character. Although it was released ten years ago, this movie is still relevant to this genre.
5. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Only one thing — IRRFAN KHAN!!!
6. Ship Of Theseus (2013)
Winner of the Best feature film at 61st National Award Festival, TIFF Award for Best cinematography, featured in many National-International film festivals, but still an underrated Bollywood movie, Ship of Theseus talks about Justice, Identity, Beauty, Origin, Life, and Death. This un-commercial, ambitious, and meaningful movie is a must-watch.
7. Ankhon Dekhi (2014)
Ankhon Dekhi is not your regular cup of tea. This underrated Bollywood movie is a pure gem to watch and hard to digest. As its name suggests, this movie is the story of a man who decides to believe only in his observation. What his eyes can see is the only truth.
8. Titli (2015)
This movie was made under the name of big banner Yash Raj Films. It won many awards at Various international Film Festivals way before its release in India in 2015. Titli is the Neo-Noir Bollywood film of the upcoming age. It talks about a family which is in the violent business of car-jacking. Titli and Neetu are the film’s main characters, played by Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi, respectively.
9. Margarita With A Straw (2015)
Sometimes you need a push in your life to love yourself, and this movie will definitely give you that push. Margarita with a straw is the story of a girl (Laila) suffering from a rare condition of cerebral palsy. Laila, with her cuteness and thought process, gave a strong message of self-love and care.
10. Masaan (2015)
With an 8.1 IMDb rating and critics’ all-time favorite film, this list of underrated Bollywood movies can not be completed without considering “Masaan.” Debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan did such an excellent job. Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, and Shweta Tripathi are all in one single frame. I think these names are enough to convince you to watch the movie in the first place if you have not watched it yet.
11. Trapped (2016)
Lockdown is going on, and we are all quarantined, so ‘Trapped’ is the perfect underrated Bollywood movie to watch right now. You can relate to it now more than ever. The acting skills of Rajkumar Rao are outstanding in all aspects. I bet after watching this movie, you will feel relaxed that you are quarantined and trapped.
12. A Death In The Gunj (2016)
A Death in the Gunj is a movie that revolves around the intricacies of the human mind. It shows how family and emotions are sometimes untouched by each other. The central character of the film was a part of the family but still alone. This movie will make you question whether the family system is as pure as it used to be in the olden days. It highlights how a person could physically be present at a place yet mindfully absent.
13. Love Sonia (2017)
Inspired by real-life events, Love Sonia is the story of an extraordinary girl’s extraordinary journey to save her sister. This movie will tell you the truth about most underprivileged low-income families residing in India and how the privileged ones continuously oppress them.
14. Tumbbad (2018)
With 8.3 ratings on IMDb, Tumbbad proves that once in a while, an underrated Bollywood movie can stretch your brain cells with its concept, direction, and obviously with the on-screen performance. Tumbbad did not make an extensive collection at the box-office, but it did not fail to impress the critics. It is available on Amazon Prime in multiple languages. Tumbbad gave the movie lovers a strong message who only believe in big-budget Bollywood movies with a star casting.
15. The Tashkent Files (2019)
The best movie of recent times, it is based on the archives of India’s most mysterious and controversial death/murder of our second Prime Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. It will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the runtime and till the end. This movie will persuade you to question yourself.
These are only a few of those underrated Bollywood movies that will surely change your opinion of Bollywood and its artists. I suggest that if you have not watched any of them yet, make your quarantine worth it by watching them.