My previous article must have given you an idea about how much of a movie fanatic I am and how I keep trying to find time to watch as many movies as and when I can. The previous post consisted of Hollywood movies that were offbeat and best from different genres. Having said that, this time I would like to introduce something from my own backyard, Bollywood.
Honestly speaking, most of the crowd watches Bollywood movies for their star cast than the content itself. People want to spot their favorite actor or actress in the movie and go crazy when they do, which is perfectly okay. However, Bollywood cinema is being refined with each passing day.
Occasionally, we come across independent artists, who are not a part of famous production houses and give us unique movies that we can cling on to. While most of us are engrossed watching the popular movies, a lot of us miss out the ones that put across what is unsaid and do things unconventionally.
Here is a list of underrated Bollywood movies that everyone should see:
- Masaan (2015)
Set in a small town in India where casteism is still prevalent, the plot is about two seemingly separate stories that converge eventually.
- Udaan (2010)
Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, this movie follows the life of a 16-year old boy struggling to take the first step against his abusive and oppressive father. A masterpiece that talks about dreams, and the obstacles that you overcome to achieve those.
- Ship of Theseus (2012)
Ship of Theseus or Theseus ‘s Paradox is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether a ship—standing for an object in general—that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The film explores such questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning, and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk, and a young stockbroker.
- Liar ‘s Dice (2013)
The film stars Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The film deals with the issue of the human cost of migration to cities and the issue of migrant laborer’s and their exploitation, through the story of a young mother, living in a remote village, whose husband goes missing after having left to work many months ago.
- Ankhon Dekhi (2013)
This movie centers around Bauji, played by the brilliant Sanjay Mishra who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes.
- Gulaal (2009)
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this movie is an underrated gem and has a cult following. College politics is the main undertone however, the movie also explores themes such as the hypocrisy of the powerful, perceived injustices and the pursuit of power.
- Chittagong (2012)
Chittagong, set in the 1930s, is a story about the untold patriotism of the heroes forgotten. Starring Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this movie is highly recommended.
- Firaaq (2008)
Details the devastating aftermaths of the violent riots that happened in Gujarat in 2002. Directed by the talented Nandita Das, this movie is a must watch.
- Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)
This India film was directed by Sudhir Mishra in 2003 but released in 2005. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Indian Emergency and revolves around 3 people in the 1970s. This critically acclaimed film is not to be missed.
- Aamir (2008)
One of the most engaging and edge of the seat Indian psychological crime thriller. The film follows a doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London, who is forced to participate in a terrorist plot. The film marked several debuts; Raj Kumar Gupta (Writer & Director), Amit Trivedi (Music), Amitabh Bhattacharya (Lyrics), Rajeev Khandelwal (Actor, Bollywood debut).
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