19 Underrated Movies You Should Definitely Watch

19 Underrated Movies You Should Definitely Watch

19 Underrated Movies You Should Definetly Watch has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.


We rarely do a piece on movies or Bollywood, but the underrated movies listed deserve the recognition they did not receive. Hope you enjoy it!


 

1. Ugly (2014)

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap never fails to deliver. The movie, starring Ronit Roy and Tejashvi Kolhapuri is a story that revolves around the case of a missing girl and human greed. It is a thriller that showcases the dark side of humans and their egos.

 

2. Titli (2014)

Director: Kanu Behl

This film takes place in the badlands of Delhi, where the youngest member of a family involved in the car jacking business plots, tries to escape his violent lifestyle. The movie’s brilliant direction and gripping storyline keeps you at the edge of your seat for the next two hours.

 

3. Ankhon Dekhi (2013)

Director: Rajat Kapoor

It is a story of a man’s rejection of his own world. Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) rejects everything he has assumed in his life and live in a way by accepting the things which he has felt physically.

 

4. Aligarh (2016)

Director: Hansal Mehta

Aligarh, inspired by a true story, is about a 64-year-old professor S.R. Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) who was suspended by Aligarh University for being homosexual.

 

5. That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap has always managed to mirror reality with his movies. Here is one more masterpiece, with Kalki Koechlin in the lead as a British woman who attempts to find her father in India.

 

6. Aamir (2008)

Director: Rajkumar Gupta

With a tag line like “kaun kehta hai aadmi apni kismat khud likhta hai”, the movie shows the dark side of Mumbai. Rajeev Khandelwal plays a doctor who returns to India, and is made to participate in a terrorist plot.

 

7. 404 – Error Not Found (2011)

Director: Prawaal Raman

This is a movie which one can, with certainty, put under the category of a psychological thriller. It is about a medical student, who starts to hallucinate after moving into a room where another student had previously committed suicide.

 

8. Shaurya (2008)

Director: Samar Khan

The story of an Indian army Lawyer, who not only has to deal with his father’s death, but also has to protect an officer who was charged with the murder of a decorated officer.

 

9. Gulaal (2009)

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Gulaal is a move based on regional politics. A law student witnesses the fraud, murder, crime and the struggles of the Rajputs after being voted as General Secretary of his college.

 

10. Lal Rang (2016)

Director: Syed Ahmed Afzal

The movie definitely deserves a place here because of its noble idea. It is a social drama based on the concept of blood theft, with a great sense of dark humor.

 

11. Dor (2006)

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor

This movie is a sure shot masterpiece by Nagesh Kukunoor. It is a story two women with different backgrounds who were strangers, but are linked by tragedy.

 

12. Phas Gaya Re Obama (2010)

Director: Subhash Kapoor

The movie’s witty humor makes you laugh. It is a story of an NRI, kidnapped by four Indians, who desperately need the money. Little did they know, he is bankrupt too.

 

13. No Smoking (2007)

Director: Anurag Kashyap

One more Anurag Kashyap movie. Okay, this is his last one in this list. It is a story of how a man fights for his right to smoke against an oppressive organization.

 

14. Manorama-Six Feet Under (2007)

Director: Navdeep Singh

The story is about an engineer, Satyaveer Singh, who belonged to Rajasthan. It portrays the radical change in his life as the state faces drought, whilst he was charged for accepting bribe.

 

15. Shahid (2012)

Director: Hansal Mehta

This excellent work of craftsmanship is a biopic based on Shahid Azmi’s life, a strong willed lawyer. It shows the troublesome journey as he fought for justice with unwavering determination. The lead actor, Rajkumar Rao received a National Award for his stellar performance.

 

16. David (2013)

Director: Bejoy Nambiar

‘David’ is an exceptionally well written movie. It revolves around the lives of three men named David, and the chain of events that change their lives. Nambiar manged to run three parallel stories in an unambiguous and interesting manner.

 

17. Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

Director: Nishikant Kamat

A story, that portrays how the Mumbai Local bomb blasts in 2006 adversely affected the lives of four individuals in such different ways.The angst and pain that each character bore has been brought out very well by the actors.  You are bound to feel, if not empathize, for all the characters.

 

18. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Director: Mira Nair

Mira Nair is known for her choice of subjects and their engaging portrayal through her movies. This movie revolves around a house preparing for a big fat Indian wedding. Nair carefully picks out tidbits from the lives of all the characters involved.

 

19. The Ship of Theseus (2012)

Director: Anand Gandhi

This phenomenal movie raises questions around virtues such as righteousness, individuality, beauty, and also deatg. The catalyst to this revelation is an interweaving story of three men, a blind photographer, an ailing monk. An insightful watch, indeed.


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