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21 Underrated Bollywood Movies You Will Love To Watch!

Scroll down to find out the list of some underrated Bollywood movies of all time:

1. Sangharsh – 1999

Directed by Tanuja Chandra partially remake of The silence of the Lambs movie. Ashutosh Rana played a solid performance along with Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta. Released in 1999 a psychological horror action movie in which a police officer asks help from a prisoner to punish a serial child killer and bring justice which none other cops are able to.

A very interesting underrated Bollywood movie won Filmfare Award for Best Villain and Zee Cinema Award for best performance in a negative role by Ashutosh Rana.

Bollywood underrated movie- Sangharsh

2. Tamanna – 1997

Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, brought up social issue in this movie. It is a real true story based on eunuch (role played by Paresh Rawal) abandoned girl (played by Pooja Bhatt). Released in 1998 a heart touching relation between these two show human’s humanity and love.
A positive side of third gender can be seen who are considered as beggars in the eyes of public.

Tamanna Paresh Rawal

3. Filhaal – 2002

Directed by Meghna Gulzar, a movie of two best friends strong bond and how they deal with sensitive issue of surrogacy.

Released in 2002, female best friends role played by Sushmita and Tabu. A beautiful representation of friendship in the movie won the award of Zee Cinema Awards for best supporting actress by Sushmita Sen.

Underrated Hindi Movies -filhaal

4. Raincoat – 2004

Directed by Rituparno Ghosh, the movie depicts the two lovers (role played by Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai) who got separated by density but meet one day again. The movie is an adaption of short story The Gift of the Maggi.

Released in 2004, an unforgettable romance can be seen and how they realize the truth of each other’s life. Won National Film Awards for best feature film in Hindi and Aishwarya Rai won Zee Cine Award for Critic’s choice best actress.

Underrated Hindi Movies- Raincoat

5. 99 – 2009

Directed by Krishna D.K and Raj Nidimoru 99 is a crime comedy film. Lead role played by Kunal Khemu, Cyrus Broacha, Mahesh Manjrekar and Boman Irani.

A highly entertaining interesting movie depicts the story of gangster and his two men work and how they end up in many adventurous situations. This movie definitely needs a celebration.

Underrated Hindi Movies - 99
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6. Mithya – 2008

Directed by Rajat Kapoor, the story is based on Mumbai underworld. Starring Ranvir Shorey, Naseeruddin Shah and Vinay Pathak. The story line has both funny and thrilling twists.

Released in 2008 the movie didn’t got much attention from people. A must watch underrated movie in which a struggling actor some-how gets ended up in underworld because of his identical face.

Underrated Bollywood Movies- Mithya

7. Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota – 2006

Directed by Naseeruddin Shah, this movie is about a group of people who were traveling to the US and due to ill-fated they got stuck and experience some horrific action on the board.

Released in 2006, this fateful flight have interesting characters to see – a student going for studies and women on the other hand meeting her husband after marriage.

Terribly Underrated Hindi Movies- Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota
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8. Khakee – 2004

Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, Khakee has great dialogue along with good music and flawless screenplay. Released in 2004, this movie is about on to escort terrorist by cops but due to some officers it becomes a big challenge. Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Tusshar Kapoor.

Khakee completely match people’s popular taste and but yet to be seen by many people.

underrated Bollywood movies - Khakee
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9. Fiza – 2000

Directed by Khalid Mohamed, Fiza is a crime thriller movie in which a strong relationship can be seen between brother and sister and how they are dealing with their lives due to attack on their city. Released in 2000, best staring performance from Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan and Karishma Kapoor. Fiza is based on riots and a must deserved a watch.

underrated movie list - Fiza

10. Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II – 2003

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai is a comic thriller about a copywriter who get end up in a gang war. The movies has some solid performances by Prashant Narayanan and Arshad Warsi.

Released in 2003, this movie got lost between multiple Bollywood releases.

Waisa Bhi Hota Hai- Most underrated Movies

11. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year – 2009

Directed by Shimit Amin, Ranbir Kapoor played a solid role in this movie and this makes a huge impact. Released in 2009, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year defines how to overcome battles of work by maintaining balance. Being a good movie, this film never got much popularity.

underrated Films- Rocket Singh

12. Shor in the City – 2010

Directed by Krishna DK, Shor in the City is a crime thriller as well as comedy drama based on the life of five people, the movie shows problems and difficultly of life in Mumbai city.

Released in 2011, actors include Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi and Preeti Desai. The film earned stark appreciation from reviewers and critics, who found it brutally original and that which strikes directly at the heart.

This movie is a good combination of luck, hope and karma a heartwarming message by characters. The movie gain a lot of appreciation from reviewers but it was hardly accepted by audience.

Underrated Movies- Shor in the city

13. Margarita with a Straw – 2014

Directed by Shonali Bose, the movie is based on a teenage girl suffering from a cerebral palsy and her relationship status. Released in 2014, Margarita with a Straw stars Kalki Koechlin and Sayani Gupta. The film won National Film Award- Special Jury Award, Stardust Award for Filmmaker of the Year and Screen Award for Best Actress.

This movie is an inspiration and shows how to cope up with life and live happily.

Underrated Hindi Movies on Netflix- Margarita with a Straw

14. The Blue Umbrella – 2005

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, starring Pankaj Kapoor and Shweta Sharma in lead roles, The Blue Umbrella is a movie based on Ruskin Bond novel. It is a story of a young girl, when one day she founds a unique blue coloured umbrella which belongs to Japanese tourists who are visiting the village. But later due to that umbrella she gets lots of troubles from villagers.

Released in 2005, a lovely short film that bring back sweet and charming childhood memories won National Film Award for the Best Children’s Film in the year 2007

The blue umbrella on Netflix- underrated movie

15. The Tashkent Files – 2019

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Tashkent Files is about the mysterious death of the former Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Released in 2019, the film turned out to be a hit at the box office and earned a lot just after several days of its release. Starring roles done by Naseerudin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Mandira Bedi, Mithun Chakraborty and many others.

This film was being accused of politically motivated in terms of 2019 elections and due to which it suffered in the stating days at the box office. The film continued screening in theatres for at least hundred days. It is one of the best underrated Bollywood movies.

Best Underrated Movies- The Tashkent Files

16. Shahid – 2012

Directed by Hansal Mehta, the biographical movie is based on the life of lawyer and human rights. Released in 2012, Shahid won National Film Award for Best Actor by Rajkummar Rao and Best Director by Hansal Mehta at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony.

Underrated Hindi Movies- shahid

17. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer – 2002

Directed by Aparna Sen, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer is based on two lead characters who meet on a fateful bus journey during communal riots in the country.

Released in 2002, the film stars Konkona Shona and Rahul Bose. This movie won Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in India.

Underrated Hindi Films-Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

18. Firaaq – 2008

Directed by Nandita Das, this political thriller movie is based on the lives of many individuals who were victims of 2002 Gujarat riots and how they got deeply affected.

Released in 2009, Firaaq is based on thousands of true stories. The movie is directional debut of Nandita Das. The movie won two National Film Awards and international awards too.

Most Underrated Movies- Firaaq
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19. Liar’s Dice – 2013

Directed by Geetu Mohandas, Liar’s Dice deals with the issue of the human cost of migration to cities and misuse of migrant workers.

Released in 2013, the movie stars Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. The movie won National Film Awards for Best Actress by Geetanjali Thapa and National Film Award for Best Cinematography by Rajeev Ravi.

Most Underrated Films on Netflix- Liar’s Dice

20. The Lunchbox – 2013

Directed by Ritesh Batra, this romantic movie based on an unlikely event of exchanging of the lunch box by mistake and later an unusual friendship gets developed between both of them. Though the movie was successfull at the box office, but it was rejected as an Indian entry for Oscars.

Released in 2013, starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, The Lunchbox is a heartwarming movie which follows a connecting exchange of message between two through letters only. It is one of the most underrated movie ever made.

The Lunchbox movie

21. Ship of Theseus – 2012

Directed by Anand Gandhi, this movies explores the questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death. The movie title refers to Theseus’ paradox, whether a object has been restored by replacing all components and still remains the same old object.

Released in 2013, Aida Al-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah played the lead role. The movie won the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film of the year.

Most Underrated Bollywood Movies- Ship of Theseus

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