As much as we love watching masala Bollywood movies with groovy songs and engaging action sequences. There are times when we want to watch stories consisting of brilliant performances and unexplored themes. The following is a list of 17 amazing movies which according to me haven’t got much attention and are worth a watch!
1) Judgementall Hai Kya (2019)
Judgementall Hai Kya can be described as a dark psychological mystery. Kangna Ranaut plays this quirky role where she is obsessed with playing characters from movies. On the other hand Rajkumar Rao, who plays Kanga’s tenant, is decent to that extend that it becomes questionable. The movie starts with a tragic scene and ends with a dark revelation. Highly recommend it if you like dark mysteries.
2) Nil Battey Sannata (2016)
This movie is one of my favourites! It’s a story about an ambitious mother (played by Swara Bhaskar) who like every Indian parent wants her daughter to do well in life, or at least pass class 10th. But her daughter is rigid and aimless. Eventually the mother joins her daughter’s school to teach her a lesson. Nil Battey Sannata is hilarious, emotional and inspiring.
3) Andhadhun (2018)
I truly believe that Andhadhun is the best Bollywood thriller ever made! If you haven’t watched it yet, please watch it asap. It is a highly twisted tale which revolves around a blind man and a murder. It is filled with surprising reveals and unpredictable characters.
4) Karwaan (2018)
Watch this with a hot ginger tea and spicy samosas because, really, it gives full on monsoon vibes. In this movie, Avinash and his friend go on a road trip to retrieve his father’s dead body which accidently lands into Kochi. Karwaan touches our hearts with themes involving ‘loss of loved ones’ and ‘chasing one’s passion’. In addition, its sound track is just perfect, submerging us in nostalgia.
5) Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010)
This movie came a decade ago, but I still remember some of the comic scenes. It is a story about a family who has an unannounced visitor. The visitor stays at their home and up turns the lives of the family members.
6) Khoobsurat (2014)
Khoobsurat is a remake of a 1980s Bollywood movie. It revolves around Dr. Chakrawarti who is a physiotherapist. She is invited to a royal palace to treat a rigid patient. Subsequently, she falls in love with his son. The movie is a fun rom-com with peppy songs.
7) Vicky Donor (2012)
Vicky Donor is Ayushman Khurrana’s debut movie. The movie revolves around untapped theme of sperm donation.
8) Anaarkali of Aarah (2017)
Anarkali, a dancer gets molested by an influential man in front of a crowd. Instead of punishing the man, people started defaming the dancers’ profession. Anarkali is a tough nut and she eventually takes her revenge.
9) Trapped (2016)
I have not seen many people talking about this movie. So, here it is in this list. The story is about a man getting stuck inside a flat. But, deep down the story reflects upon how the man is also trapped in other aspects of his life. Highly recommend it!
10) Lootera (2013)
Lootera takes place in 1950s, and is a love story between an archaeologist and an aristocrat’s daughter. It beautifully captures Bengal and each frame in the movie pleases our eyes.
11) Newton (2017)
Newton is a such a simple movie with not much drama or suspense. But I loved how easily it showcases its message. Moreover, it was selected as India’s official entry for Oscars 2018.
12) Queen (2014)
After some incident, Rani decides to go on her honeymoon alone. She goes to Paris and end up meeting new people. It is such a fun watch and Amit Trivedi’s songs make it even better!
13) Badla (2019)
It’s a remake of Spanish movie ‘The Invisible Guest’. Badla is a twisted mystery thriller and is worth a watch!
14) Luka Chuppi (2019)
Luka Chuppi revolves around theme of live-in relationship. The nosy neighbours and conservative family member make life tough for Guddu and Rashmi when they plan to live-in together. I am not a fan of the ‘fact oriented’ ending, but overall, the movie was quite good.
15) Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
A middle class family who can’t afford a car, plans to buy one.
16) Thappad (2020)
When a husband slaps his wife in a family gathering, the wife starts questioning the deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny. It’s an impactful watch!
17) Dhanak (2015)
The lesson I learnt I learned from this movie is that, think positive and be positive. Even if the situation is worse, the optimism will lead you on a right path. Dhanak is a story about a sister who travels along with her brother with mission to retrieve his brother’s eyesight. We get to witness the majestic Rajasthan too!
An Indian reviewer who writes about horror and thriller movies/series. If not movies, he likes to pick up a mystery book to read. Some of his favourite movies/series include Stranger Things, Elite (S1-3), Train to Busan, Andhadhun, Strangers: Prey at Night.