We all have our own pick when it comes to Bollywood movies and actors. Every filmmaker puts in a lot of effort to a movie of his and not all of them hit the bullseye. There are some movies that are really good and even have a deep meaning to it but are not really understood in the way they are meant to be. Usually such movies grab the attention of a limited audience, but they deserve much more. This could happen for a variety of reasons whether it is lack of high-decibel marketing strategies or being overshadowed by bigger films or a not very popular star cast. These films might not necessarily have a 'Khan' or a superstar to back them but they surely come with powerful stories and deserve more recognition than they otherwise receive.
Here are a few movies of 2016, which deserved to be much more than just being underrated.
Based on the real life story of a professor at Aligarh University who lost his job for being a homosexual. Manoj Bajpayee's performance added more credibility to this fact-based re-telling of the story of sexuality and social stigma.
Nil Battey Sannata
Directed and co-written by ad filmmaker Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, the film follows the story of a single mother working as a maid to provide for her daughter's education. The movie stars Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah and Pankaj Tripathi in lead roles and even got remade into Tamil called Amma Kanakku.
The film chronicles the journey of two strangers who meet in the waiting room of a hospital after their respective spouses are fighting for their life. The film speaks about love, friendship, grief and acceptance. Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in the two lead roles, the film deals with the age gap beautifully as both the characters learn from each other.
The film about three women in Rajasthan finding their identity was in the news for the wrong reasons. A portion of the intimate scene between Radhika Apte and Adil Hussain was leaked online and created quite a fuss. The film raises women's issues in the rural areas of India. Parched didn't quite get the audience it deserved.
Nagesh Kukunoor made this simple movie on the idealistic dreams of two kids who want to meet Shah Rukh Khan. The film is set in Rajasthan, and two kids hear that the Bollywood superstar is shooting in a nearby city. The journey that the two kids undertake and the kind of people they come across along the way is what makes Dhanak such a warm film.
In case you missed watching these films, make sure you do.