Bollywood as an industry is often criticized for it, Masala movies .
Movies that often have unstable , illogical or problematic plots, eye candy roles for female actors, and unnecessary songs.
Even some biopics are overly dramatized versions of reality .
Considering all this, many movies that are undeniably phenomenal and the potential to move you, often go unappreciated.
These movies although loved by critics, and movie enthusiasts, aren’t talked about enough in India.
Let’s have a look at some of such underrated films.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Seeing the poster of this movie you may think that this is another one of those masala movies.
A movies where the female actor is too glamourous to have dialogues, the protagonist too strong to die, and a villain too ruthless to have an actual purpose.
This movie is about a boy called Surya (Abhimanyu Dasani) who suffers from Congenital insensitivity to pain , which becomes his power .
The female lead Supri (Radhika Madan) isn’t your regular, damsel in distress but a martial artist.
She delivers some strong action sequences and has a very real and refreshing character.
The villain Jimmy (GulshanDevaiah) comes as a surprise in this movie that lacks the an annoying side kick but doesn’t lack purpose.
The actors presented the whimsically endearing characters beautifully .
The movie has very refreshing whimsical, humorthroughout the movie, that wont let you lack interest, and one of the best directed action scenes.
The movie has been compared to DEADPOOL and has been called, the Indian version of the movie.
The movie bagged the People’s Choice Award: Midnight Madness at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and was very well received internationally.
The movie is a biographical movie.
The movie is based on the experience and the philosophical endeavor’s of a middle aged non-straight manRamchandraSiras (ManojBajpayee) .
The movie acurately shows the perils faced by Mr. RamchandraSirasfor not being straight in Indian society.
Rajkumar Rao plays the character of a journalist Deepu Sebastian, who is intrigued by the professor’s story.
Through Deepu we get to learn, what the Ramchandra feels about society’s take on his homosexuality and his point of view on sexuality.
The movie is one of the very few accurate, representations of lgbtq+ community, bollywood has produced.
The movie got a standing ovation at the 20th Busan International Film Festival.
Angry Indian Godesses
This multi-starer movie, is about the lives of 7 Indian women, from all walks of life, and their experiences with sexism.
The movie with its ensemble cast and variety of characters, is able to draw parelels among the types of sexism, Indian women face.
The movie deals with several shades of sexism , be it for working women, housewives, in the film industry and for women open about their sexuality.
The movie is not as glamourous as some would assume an all female starer movie to be, but is a representation of the real women in their most natural forms.
The movie shows the importance of sisterhood and unity amongst women .
The climax of the movie is so enchanting it will give you goosebumps.
The soundtrack of the movie is also refreshingly original and some of the boldest lyrics for a Bollywood movie.
The movie was screened in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival where it got the second place for People’s Choice Award.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
Whenever we talk about Ranbir Kapoor’s best works, Rocket Singh is often lost , among the hits such as Rockstar, YJHD, and Sanju.
The movie is a peek into the competitive world of Sales and Marketing in India.
We follow the journey of an average student turned salesmen, Rocket Singh.
The movie is a truthful portrayal of the mundane, and corrupt nature of the business world.
We see Rocket Singh face nepotism and the harsh reality of excessive competition, and find his own path.
The movie is an motivational ode to the true spirit of entrepreneurship and the passion it needs.
The movie is one of the rare movies in Bollywood to show the actual path to success in business not just a time lap, after which the protagonist owns a mansion.