7 Underrated Bollywood Movies You Should Totally Watch.


With the weekend having arrived, most of us are busy making plans that’ll help us make the most of it. Sure, there are many things you could do to unwind and relax this weekend – go for some weekend shopping, take a road trip, hit the spa, go clubbing and bar hopping with your friends – but how about doing something that’ll not only require the least amount of effort, but will also keep you entertained and relaxed?

Perhaps something like a weekend binge of some great Bollywood movies? No I’m not talking about those clichéd masala potboilers that almost everyone has (willingly or otherwise) seen. Rather, I’m talking about some seriously underrated gems from Bollywood that really ought to be seen by more people out there.

So, if you don’t have pre-existing plans for the weekend already, here are seven underrated Bollywood movies you should binge watch:

1.) Masaan.


Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan was not only one of the best films of 2015, but also captured the essence of Banaras with felicity and feeling in a way that no film has ever before. Featuring a stunning performance by Richa Chadda, and a debut performance for the ages by Vicky Kaushal, this is a film that stays with you long after the credits start rolling.

2.) Trapped.


Helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Trapped is perhaps one of the most recently released entries you’ll find on this list. Even though it received widespread critical acclaim by one and all, it was shocking to see it not garner much footfalls at the box office. Well, don’t let that make you think any less of this film as it’s a gripping and taut thriller that will constantly have you on the edge of your seats. Not to mention, it features a phenomenal performance by Rajkumar Rao that just cannot be missed.

3.) Dor.


Featuring stunning performances from Gul Panag and in particular Ayesha Takia, Dor tells the story of two women, who come from different backgrounds, and how fate brings them together to come to each other’s help. Released in 2006, Dor is a powerful, powerful film that should actually be made mandatory viewing for all those who think that we don’t need feminism.

4.) Gulaal.


Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Gulaal is one of the most underrated films to have come out in the past few years. Released in 2009, this hard-hitting drama explores themes such as the pursuit of power, quest for legitimacy, perceived injustices and hypocrisy of the powerful. Featuring brilliant performances from Kay Kay Menon, Mahi Gill and especially Abhimanyu Singh, you won’t regret giving Gulaal a shot.

5.) Aankhon Dekhi.

Aankhon Dekhi

Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Aankhon Dekhi is perhaps one of the quirkiest and most original stories to have been dished out from Bollywood. Telling the tale of a man who has an epiphany and decides that he’ll only believe what he sees from his own eyes, Aankhon Dekhi works mostly because the strength of its writing and ensemble cast.

6.) Shahid.


It’s sad to see a film as powerful and mesmerizing as Shahid be so underrated. Nevertheless, it’s a film that demands to be watched, thanks to Hansal Mehta’s bold storytelling and Shahid Azmi’s heartbreaking real-life story (he was a lawyer and human rights activist who murdered in 2010). If nothing else, watch it for Rajkumar Rao’s dynamite performance that rightfully won him the National Award for Best Actor in 2014.

7.) Ugly.


Once again, the supremely talented Anurag Kashyap finds another mention on this list. Just like Gulaal, Ugly is another brilliant film by the gritty director that is criminally underrated. Dark, dank and brutal, though impossible to look away from, this edge-of-your-seats nail biter is definitely one of the best thrillers to have come out of Bollywood and showcases Anurag Kashyap in top form. (In fact, the director has never been better!)


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