The majority of Hindi movies released each year do not get the attention of the critics. Even among the big Bollywood movies, a lot of them receive negative reviews from the critics, although they might still go on to be a success at the box office due to the big draw of the stars cast in the film. But there are also many critically acclaimed Hindi movies that deserve at least a single watch. Here are five:
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Centered on the coal mafias of Jharkhand, Gangs of Wasseypur is a modern cult classic. It had a cast of amazing actors which included Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Pankaj Tripathi.
Kapoor and Sons (2016)
This drama was about two estranged brothers who return home when their grandfather suffers from a heart attack. The film was praised for its story and the amazing performances by the cast. The film starred Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt.
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Aamir Khan in the lead role of the alien PK, this film satirized many elements of the Indian society. It shed light on the superstitions that still persist in many parts of India and also starred Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Biopics are one of the favorite genres of Bollywood and this one is one of the best yet. Chronicling the life of the Indian athlete Milkha Singh through his survival during the Partition riots and how he went up to the Olympics, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was widely praised, especially for Farhan Akhtar’s portrayal of Milkha.
3 Idiots (2009)
Almost ten years later, 3 Idiots remains not just one of the most critically acclaimed Hindi movies in India, but it’s also well-known internationally. This film was also directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starred Aamir Khan in a major role and it was about the pressures of the Indian education system.
These are just a small fraction of the critically acclaimed films, and if you like these Hindi films, Bollywood has a lot more to offer.