Let’s admit it- most of us watch a Bollywood movie for its actors. While it’s perfectly okay to see a movie just to spot our favourite actors, let’s also take a look at how cinema is being redefined in Bollywood with each passing day.
Every once in a while, Bollywood and independent artists isolated from famous production houses give us very substantial movies to cling on to. While most of us see the popular ones, a lot of us fail to see the ones that are saying the unsaid and doing things unconventionally. Here’s a list of underrated Bollywood movies that everyone should see:
1. Ankhon Dekhi (2013)
A masterpiece by Rajat Kapoor, this movie will take you to the existential nooks and corners of Old Delhi. With great cinematography and a great performance by Sanjay Mishra, this is a must watch for its philosophical undertones.
2. The Ship Of Theseus (2013)
Written and directed by Anand Gandhi, this movie revolves around stories of 3 people and raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.
3. Masaan (2015)
Set in the backdrop of Varanasi, two stories unfold parallelly into the narrow ways of small towns in India where casteism is still prevalent.
4. Liar’s Dice (2013)
The film opens in a small village where Kamala with her girl child Manya, embarks on a journey in search of her missing husband. On this journey, they meet Nawazuddin, who helps them for a reason.
5. Shaurya (2008)
Starring Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon and Minissha Lamba, Shaurya is a military courtroom drama which shows the true meaning and value of gallantry.
6. Gulaal (2009)
An underrated gem by Anurag Kashyap, this movie has a cult following. With college politics being the main undertone, crime, homicide and deception is explored in this movie. If you’re a fan of Piyush Mishra, this is a must-watch for his poetry and songs.
7. Chittagong (2012)
Starring Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Chittagong is a very well directed movie set in the 1930s and speaks the untold patriotic story of heroes forgotten.
8. Firaaq (2008)
Directed by Nandita Das, this controversial movie shows the aftermaths of 2002 Gujarat riots.
9. Hey Ram (2000)
Starring Kamal Haasan, Rani Mukherjee and Shah Rukh Khan, Hey Ram is a bold mix of religion and politics. An archaeologist finds out that his wife was assassinated by Mahatma Gandhi. Watch the movie to know what happens next
Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, this masterpiece talks about dreams and shows the struggle of a 16-year old boy to make the first step against his abusive and oppressive father.