Movies made by names like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Sudhir Mishra, and Kabeer Kaushik, here are 15 underrated gems that will forever end your complaint that Bollywood doesn’t produce good films. If you haven’t already, you must watch every single one of them and give them a belated hurrah.
1. Citylights (2014)
A beautiful and thought-provoking film, Citylights captures the dark side of the city of dreams, Mumbai. With actors like Rajkummar Rao working under National Award-winning director Hansal Mehta, the emotional turmoil of a couple from a small village in search of a better life in Mumbai is heart-wrenching.
2. Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)
Subhash Kapoor’s comedy of errors is full of smart dialogues. From recession affecting a gangster’s business to a broke NRI, this film is a hilarious take on organized crime, crime-politics nexus, and the great American dream.
3. Gulaal (2009)
Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal may have gained cult status now but the film had to wait for years before it got a theatrical release. Starring Kay Kay Menon, Abhimanyu Singh, Deepak Dobriyal, Ayesha Mohan, Jesse Randhawa, Piyush Mishra, and Aditya Srivastava, the film explores power equations, perceived injustices, and hypocrisy of those in power. It remains one of the best socio-political commentaries on our society.
4. Black Friday (2007)
Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday, based on the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was released four years after the film was made — only after the TADA court finalized its judgment in the case. Based on writer-journalist S Hussain Zaidi’s book Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, the film chronicles the blasts and their aftermath.
5. Khamosh (1985)
Not many know that Vidhu Vinod Chopra made one of the most thrilling Hindi suspense movies back in 1985. It stars veteran actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Soni Razdan, and Pankaj Kapoor.