Movies are often seen as the quintessential medium that allows audiences to escape into another world. A movie can be a visual masterpiece, but without a compelling story or relatable characters, it would not last for very long.
With this in mind, there are many movies that have been underrated and under-appreciated and have yet to find their audience. Here is our list of the ten best underrated Hindi movies on Amazon Prime.
1. A Death In The Gunj
Even though Konkana Sen Sharma’s A Death in the Gunj received several nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, it is amongst her most underrated works. Set in a small town called McCluskieganj in 1979, this movie unravels an unfolding story of a young boy named Shutu who’s struggling to cope with his father’s loss amid dysfunctional family dynamics and community pressures.
In order to understand Shutu you need be inside his head-it takes you on an unexpected journey that stuns your senses at its end!.
2. Rough Book
The Indian education system has gaps that don’t seem to be getting filled anytime soon. “Rough Book” is from the point of view of a teacher called Santoshi Kumar, who fights domestic abuse and divorces her husband in order to pursue further teaching studies. The film revolves around her fight for students she teaches at an all-girls school, which forms the crux of this simple yet thought-provoking story.
3. Barah Anna
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz and Arjun Mathur, this movie is filmed in Mumbai. It thrives on its dramatic storyline and captures the difficulties of living a life without money. The cast play room-mates who are poor and impoverished – they kidnap three middle-class men to work for their cause – it’s all cleverly filmed with black humor that will keep you wanting more!.
The film is gritty and dark but one that you must watch to get a better understanding of riot-affected victims. It’s an intensely personal journey, with the protagonist being forced to confront her own identity as she struggles for survival in post-riot era Pakistan. The story also touches on themes like Islamophobia, poverty, gender inequality and intolerance which are all prevalent at present time in many parts of the world.
5. Poorna: Courage Has No Limit
The film stars Rahul Bose, who is also the director of the movie. It tells a story about Malavath Poorna – how she became youngest girl to scale Mount Everest at age 13 and her life afterwards. Notwithstanding, it draws attention to what such an achievement means for a young girl in India- including education challenges and financial difficulties that may come with it.
Shashank Arora stars in and also wrote, directed and produced this neo-noir drama. The plot follows Titli’s life as the youngest member of a violent carjacking family gang in Delhi. He tries to escape his roots by betraying his brothers but things don’t go as planned, and after battling a phenomenal series of ups & downs he is back again to square one like always.
7. Shor Se Shuruaat
This collection of short films by a group of directors has seven stories revolving around the idea that noise is at the center for many larger than life concepts. These are all offbeat projects and each one tries to explore different, unique ideas with noise being central.
Greed, gold and a curse of the demon god – all these come together in this rich visual storytelling. This film shows how it is told through three generations of one Brahmin family who are trying to find an ancestral treasure that has been jinxed by the gods. The story takes place between 1918 and 1947 during British rule in India, which was called Tumbbad when it came out.
In the movie, a couple who sell their ancestral home and move to Mumbai decide that they want to give their child the best education in the world. They send him off of an expensive school and invest money into his treatment after Radha has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. After she passes away, Swami is faced with struggles as he sends his son far away from India so he can pursue higher studies at an American university.
10. Road To Sangam
Road to Sangam is a unique film that shows the struggles of what it is like in post-independence India. It revolves around Paresh Rawal’s experience as he tries to repair an old truck, which carries Mahatma Gandhi’s last remains. The movie focuses on how Rawal deals with all the roadblocks and takes on his goal to complete this task despite the array of other problems going on in society during those years.