Indian Cinema is changing and so is the audience’s taste. But even now the mainstream audiences prefer flocking to cinemas to watch outdated slapstick masala movies. However, many filmmakers are bravely experimenting with new content and storytelling, despite knowing that such a step won’t result in commercial success.
When such good films open to empty screens, it is not the film but we, the audience who have failed. Even those wishing for better Bollywood films fail to acknowledge such films when they are released.
In this article, we will be featuring some of the best Underrated Movies That Did Not Fare Well At The Box Office. These movies represent the good quality cinema that we so wanted to have. They are a treat to watch for everyone and at any time.
Here’s a list of the best Underrated Movies That Did Not Fare Well At The Box Office:
Underrated Movies That Are An Absolute Must Watch
1. Tumbbad (2018)
Director: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
Main Cast: Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Genre: Horror Fantasy
Ever since it’s release, Tumbbad has gained a cult following in no time. It has set a benchmark for the Indian horror cinema with its fusion of horror, fantasy, and drama that can easily send chills down the spine of every viewer. Set in the 1920s, it explores the evil curse of a demon God leading to catastrophic consequences for those around. Watch this finely crafted underrated movie that surely a must-watch for everyone.
2. Hamid (2018)
Director: Aijaz Khan
Main Cast: Talha Arshad Reshi, Vikas Kumar, Rasika Dugal
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Shot in the backdrop of Kashmir, Hamid is a drama film that revolves around an 8-year-old boy named Hamid. When the boy learns that 786 is God’s number, he decides to ask God for his help in bringing home his missing father. Things take a turn when a CRPF Jawan ends up befriending this innocent boy pretending to be God. Watch this movie for its beautiful portrayal of love, loss, and longing for a loved one.
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3. Judgemental Hai Kya (2019)
Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
Main Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao,
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Judgemental Hai Kya wasn’t much of a commercial success but was praised for its quirky narrative style and brilliant performances by Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao. This dark, psychological whodunit story has a social message which you will have to find out only after watching.
4. Soni (2018)
Director: Ivan Ayr
Main Cast: Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Soni is a thought-provoking film and a realistic drama that primarily revolves around a female police officer in Delhi who decides to address the growing cases of violence against the women. Not knowing the consequences of her brave act, she then suffers setbacks in both her professional and personal life. Though the film is slow-paced, it brilliantly portrays the grim treatment of women in India.
5. Mulk (2018)
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Main Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Rishi Kapoor
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Mulk is Anubhav Sinha’s first film in his trilogy of movies on social issues. It relates the story of a Muslim man trying to reclaim his family’s lost honor when one of his family members gets accused of terror charges. The film is packed with powerful performances by both the main and supporting casts and excels in writing and direction.
6. Blackmail (2018)
Director: Abhinay Deo
Main Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari,
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Another Underrated Movies That Did Not Fare Well At The Box Office is the 2018 movie ‘Blackmail. This Irrfan Khan’s starrer was heavily lauded in dealing with taboo subjects beautifully.
The film is packed with hilarious dialogues and scenes that lead to an unusually superb ending. This one easily becomes Irrfan Khan’s yet another masterpiece. The impressive blend of comedy and thriller is bound to take the audiences on a roller coaster ride.
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7. Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota (2018)
Director: Vasan Bala
Main Cast: Abhimanyu Dasani, Radhika Madan
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Genre: Action Comedy
This action-comedy is a delightful treat for all comic book lovers. The film had received a standing ovation at the 2018 MAMI Film Festival. It follows the story of a young man who develops an insensitivity to pain and soon after, he sets out to learn Martial Arts and bring down muggers like Bruce Lee. It is one of the funniest and coolest movies on our list that won’t leave you disappointed.
8. Photograph (2019)
Director: Ritesh Batra
Main Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra,
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Genre: Drama Romance
Upon facing pressure from his grand-mother, a struggling street photographer convinces a shy girl to pose as his fiance. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra were praised for their performances in this film which is a slow-paced yet evocative and tender story that will give the feels of everyone’s beloved “The Lunch Box”.
9. Mukkabaaz (2017)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Main Cast: Vineet Kumar, Jimmy Sheirgill,
IMDb Rating: 8.0
Genre: Sports Drama
Although Mukkabaaz was released with half occupied cinema halls, the film is nothing less than a masterpiece. The story revolves around a boxer who’s struggling to make a name in the world of boxing.
Anurag Kashyap has yet again lived up to his name and has come up with a film with raw performances, direction, screenplay, and a praise-worthy background score and dialogues. It is not your typical sports-drama as it also talks about India’s caste divide.
10. Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018)
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Main Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Genre: Superhero Action
Even though the film opened on fewer screens, this has not stopped it from getting positive reviews from both critics and audiences alike. It centers around a young man who firmly believes in doing right and does not hesitate in challenging the wrong. This vigilante superhero then makes it his life goal to bring about justice in society.
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero has a lot to offer as it excels in storytelling, action sequences, and emotions. watch this one especially for its thrilling chase sequence which will easily become your favorite.
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The list will be endless if we go on talking about other equally underrated movies. There so many examples of movies that have brought in a new wave of change for the Indian Cinema.
That was all that we had to offer on our list of some of the best Underrated Movies That Did Not Fare Well At The Box Office.