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Underrated films of Indian Cinema- HINDI

Are you a movie buff who is tired of searching for new and good Hindi movies to watch?

Are you tired of scrolling through Netflix, AmazonPrime or YouTube for a good watch?

You've come to the right place my friend because I am about to reveal a list of Hindi films that are least known, or underrated but are surely great to watch in various languages of Indian Cinema.

1. Masaan (2015)- DRAMA

A story which depicts love, loss, and guilt among two linear stories. One is about a girl named Devi (Richa Chadda), who has lost the love of her life and the other is about a man named Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), who helps in burning pyres at the Ghats of Varanasi.One of Vicky Kaushal's best performances indeed! A definite must-watch!

2. Udaan (2010)- DRAMA

A sweet and simple story that doesn’t need any explanation, but it definitely should be experienced. The film depicts the story of a young boy who is forced to live with his oppressive father and a half-brother after he is expelled from his boarding school.

3. Dor (2006) - DRAMA

An official adaptation of the Malayalam film, Perumazhakkalam (2004), Dor is a film that beautifully depicts a tale of two women who come from different backgrounds and how fate decides to brings them together. Meera (Ayesha Takia), a young woman who becomes a widow shortly after marriage, is trapped by traditions. Zeenat (Gul Panag), on the other hand, faces the hardship of saving the life of her husband, who is on trial for murder. A bahuroopiya (Shreyas Talpade) helps her reach Meera, who holds the "string" to Zeenat's hope.

4. Delhi-6 (2009) -DRAMA

Although it didn't do well in the box-office this drama film managed to touch and prick into peoples hearts. American-born Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) agrees to return to India with his grandmother Annapurna (Waheeda Rehman), and enters into the walled-off area of Delhi, India, where she grew up. The attraction towards his neighbor Bittu (Sonam Kapoor) and enchantment of the neighborhood's strong sense of tradition, Roshan gradually learns about Old Delhi's lesser attractive aspects, including caste discrimination and corruption.

5. Raincoat (2004) - DRAMA

It depicts the story of two lovers, separated by destiny, who meet again one day. This encounter makes each to realize the truth about the lives they are living in. It is an adaptation of the short story The Gift of the Magi (1906) by O. Henry.

6. Sangharsh (1999) -THRILLER

Based somewhat on ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Sangharsh’ marked the rise of an exemplary actor in Ashutosh Rana. His fearsome depiction on the screen and his unique yet remarkably scary ways of confrontation are absolutely chilling. Ashutosh as Lajja Shankar Pandey created new benchmarks for actors in a negative role where he sacrifices children for immortality and how he is caught.

7. Shahid (2013)- BIOGRAPHY

A biographical film based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi. This film focuses on the lawyer's two major cases: the 2006 Mumbai train bombings and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This film won the National Film Award for Best Actor (Rajkummar Rao) and Best Director (Hansal Mehta) at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony.

8. Talvar (2015) - THRILLER

Based on the double murder case which took place in Noida 2008 involving a teenage girl and her family's servant. Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi, the film follows the investigation of a case from three different perspectives in which her parents are either guilty or innocent of the murder charges by the police investigation, the first CBI probe and an investigation by a different CBI team.

9. Ek Hasina Thi (2004)- THRILLER

Who isn't a fan of RGV's films? Directed by Sriram Raghavan and Produced by RGV, "Ek Hasina Thi.." is the story of a woman (Urmila Matondkar) who falls in love with a man (Saif Ali Khan) who cunningly gets her framed for a crime she has not committed. She then sets out for revenge.

10. Do Dooni Chaar (2010)- COMEDY

This film depicts the life of a middle class family living in Delhi who has high dreams to buy a car and what struggles they have to go through to get the money to do so. A light-hearted comedy that will surely connect with and entertain you.

11. Tumbbad (2018)- HORROR

Tumbadd follows the story of Vinayak Rao and his search for a hidden treasure in the 20th century British India village of Tumbbad, Maharashtra.

12. Raat (1992)- HORROR

Ram Gopal Varma’s first horror film managed to give a surprising number of scares. The film revolves around the story of a young girl and her family who move into a suspicious new house told with a refreshing story and amped up tension thanks to the amazing camera work. It reels you in enough that you’ll keep watching and scare the hell out of you!

13. Trapped (2016) - SURVIVAL DRAMA

If you want to see one of Rajkummar Rao's best performances, then this film is a great watch! The story revolves around a man named Shaurya, a call centre employee who gets trapped in his apartment room without food, water and electricity.

14. Water (2005) - DRAMA

Set in 1938, this film depicts the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. The film is also the third and final installment of Mehta's Elements trilogy. It was preceded by Fire (1996) and Earth (1998).

15. Rann (2010) - THRILLER

Another RGV directed film makes it to the list of underrated films! Of course, most of his films are underrated or unknown hits which the audience has enjoyed. Among one of those underrated hits, Rann falls into the list. This film is an eye opener and exposes the present mindset of news channels and how TRP ratings are priority to the point it is a do-or-die situation to channels.

16. Citylights (2014) - DRAMA

An official remake of the British film Metro Manila (2013), Citylights is a film that depicts the story of a poor farmer from Rajasthan who comes with his family to Mumbai in search of a livelihood and how things go wrong when he falls into the wrong company.

17. The Lunchbox (2013) - ROMANCE

A sweet and simple love story involving a widower and a woman trying to bring the romance back in her marriage by sending lunchboxes through a deliveryman who delivers the lunchbox to the widower by mistake. Will true love prevail?

18. Socha Na Tha (2005)- ROMANCE

A love story between two people who meet through an arranged proposal and how they fall in love in the process of friendship is the main plot of this film. People who watch it will understand why this film was underrated, yet is a perfect romantic film to watch.

19. Pihu (2017) - THRILLER

The film revolves around a a two year old girl whose mother won't wake up, her father is away on a business trip and she is all alone and trapped in her own home! This is a sure thriller that will keep you on the edge!

20. Zubeidaa (2001) - ROMANCE

Set in the 1950's, this film revolves around an aspiring actress Zubeidaa (Karisma Kapoor) who marries a Hindu prince (Manoj Bajpai) to become his second wife. Her relationship with her husband is quite troubled and it leads to fatal consequences.

Have you watched any of these films?

Have any more in mind? Let me know in the comments below, or DM me on my Instagram!

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Kruthi Muthigi
Kruthi Muthigi
Dec 07, 2019

Thanks for the suggestion! I will be posting underrated telugu movies and must watch tamil, Malayalam and hollywood movies very soon!


In my opinion Iqbal (2005) and Section 375(2019) are also underrated movies.

Thanks for the answer 👍 really enjoyed reading it.

May I know when will the post regarding underrated movies of Telugu, Tamil etc be written?

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