The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 6)

29. Firaaq (in 2008)

Firaaq follows various individuals’ lives – they were victims in the Gujarat riots in 2002. The film is considered the directorial debut of Nandita Das – an actress as well as winning two National Film Awards. Enjoy it!

30. Miss Lovely (in 2014)

It follows the Duggal brothers’ story – they produce sex-horror films around the 1980s. The younger brother, who Nawazuddin Siddiqui played, gets attracted to one mysterious young woman, which results in his downfall. The film attained the National Film Award – One Special Jury Award. Watch it!

31. Haasil (in 2003)

It is based in Allahabad that the student politics in one university takes one nasty turn. This film has achieved cult status across the years. 

32. Samay: When Time Strikes (in 2003)

This movie is the story of one cop who was played by Sushmita Sen – this character is on the hunt for one serial killer. The movie won one National Film Award for its best editing. 

33. Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (in 2012)

Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, it stars Harsh Mayar. The great movie focuses on the issue of female foeticide. It succeeded in winning Cannes’ Award of MIP Junior Kids Jury in October 2012.

34. Ek Hasina Thi (in 2004)

The neo-noir movie, directed by Sriram Raghavan, is one woman’s story – she is Urmila Matondkar. She gets involved with one man (Saif Ali Khan) – he sets her up for one crime that she has not committed. Then, she tries to set out for revenge as she sets him up.

35. Mithya (in 2008)

It is directed by Rajat Kapoor and stars Neha Dhupia, Ranvir Shorey, Naseeruddin Shah, as well as Vinay Pathak in pivotal roles. Here, the story is about one small-time actor asked to impersonate one gangster by the police as well as how to get out of the mess.

The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 5)

23. My Brother… Nikhil (in 2005)

It is a man’s story – he is found to get HIV positive. This story is set in Goa during the late ’80s. At that time, HIV was society’s big taboo. Sanjay Suri played Nikhil, who gains support only from his sister as well as his boyfriend. This movie created quite a stir since it was released and has been among the best films produced about the subject.

24. Mirch (in 2010)

Made by Vinay Shukla, this movie is one compilation of four short stories in the primary narrative. The stories get inspired from Panchtantra’s tales and are imagined in various contemporary settings. 

25. Hey Ram (in 2000)

It centers on the partition of India as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s murder. The movie was written, directed, as well as being produced by Kamal Haasan. Not all, he played as the protagonist in this movie. It was made in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously. 

26. Mr and Mrs Iyer (in 2002)

Here, Konkona Sen Sharma stars a Tamil Iyer Brahmin. Also, Rahul Bose stars a Bengali Muslim. The story is above these two lead characters on one fateful bus journey during riots in the country. It attained the Nargis Dutt Award regarding Most Outstanding Feature Movie on National Integration in India.

27. Mastram (in 2014)

It was one fictional biography of one reluctant pornographic writer aspiring to become one litterateur and is famous by Mastram – his pen name. The movie garnered positive reviews and worked to create adequate curiosity.

28. Ship of Theseus (2013)

By Anand Gandhi, this movie explores the inquiries of justice, beauty, identity, meaning, as well as death. Its title has to do with Theseus’ paradox (means, one ship restored by taking the place of every part still stays the same). Watch it today!

The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 4)

16. Raincoat (in 2004)

That afternoon is rainy; a lonely wife encounters a man who she used to be engaged with. Both of them have their difficulties yet try and help each other out. The movie by Rituparno Ghosh attained the Film Award at the National level for the Best Feature Movie in Hindi.

17. The Last Lear (in 2007)

Rituparno Ghosh directs it. The film tells the story of Harish – a Shakespearean theatre actor. Amitabh Bachchan plays that role. The movie is based on Aajker Shahjahan – the semi-autobiographical play by Utpal Dutt.

18. Manorama Six Feet Under (in 2007)

It tells the story of Abhay Deol – an amateur detective, in a small town from Rajasthan. He finds himself caught in deceit, lies, as well as murder. The movie failed to do well commercially yet critics appreciated its brilliantly-written dialogues.

19. Sankat City (in 2009)

It is the story of petty car thieves that unknowingly get in a ruthless gangster’s bad books. Pankaj Advani directed this movie, and it has dark humor. 

20. The Blue Umbrella (in 2005)

It is based on the novel by Ruskin Bond. It tells a story of one girl that finds a blue colored umbrella as well as being enamored by its beauty. Then, it goes missing, which makes her left heartbroken, thus urging her to find out the one who steals it.

21. Monsoon Wedding (in 2001)

It has attained a cult status throughout the years. With the wedding backdrop, this film sheds light on different characters with their stories. Issues such as child abuse are dealt with here as well.

22. Astitva (in 2000)

It tells the story of one woman whose past returns to her after the demise of her music teacher. The movie handles the chauvinism embedded in society. Watch it!

The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 3)

10. Ugly (in 2014)

It is one neo-noir psychological thriller movie that Anurag Kashyap directed. It tells a terrible corruption tale, systemic violence, and indifference which begins to unfold when an aspiring actor’s 10-year-old daughter disappears. 

11. I Am Kalam (in 2010)

One boy derives inspiration from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – India’s late former President and chooses to change the name to Kalam. Also, the rural boy harbors the wish to meet the visionary once throughout his lifetime. Harsh Mayar – the child actor, received the Film Award at the national level for the Best Child Artist for the movie. 

12. Dasvidaniya (in 2008)

The movie starring Vinay Pathak tells the story of one man who figures out to have only three months to live. So, he creates a list of ten things and tries to realize them. This movie was highly appreciated.

13. 15 Park Avenue (in 2005)

This movie stars Konkona Sen Sharma as Meethi who experiences schizophrenia. The movie traces the relationship of Meethi with Anjali – her older sister, played by Shabana. Directed by Aparna Sen, it won the Film Award at the national level for the Best Feature Movie in English. 

14. Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (in 2003)

The movie talks about the gender imbalance in society as well as presenting the near future’s fictional account when there will be few women remained in the country. It is considered a wake-up call for the community with discrimination based on gender.

15. Rockford (in 1999)

It is the story about one boy, Rajesh – he moved in Rockford Boys’ High School. Here, he experiences the agony and joy of living in one all-male boarding school, knowing how to take care of himself without his parents’ safety. This movie carries the filmmaker’s trademark subtle brilliance. Enjoy it fully!

The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 2)

4. Filmistaan (from 2014)

It is a filmy man’s story. He is from India. He is mistakenly kidnapped. Then, while he is shooting a film, he is made to cross the border. When he is held hostage in Pakistan, his survival hope is Hindi films. The movie attained the National Film Award for Hindi’s Best Feature Film.

5. Chittagong (from 2012)

Directed by Bedabrata Pain, it is based on the Chittagong uprising of British India. The movie stars Manoj Bajpai as the main lead. It garnered many positive reviews from many critics and got the National Film Award for Best Debut Movie by a Director. 

6. Shahid (from 2013)

It is a biographical movie based on the life of Shahid Azmi – a lawyer as well as human rights activist. The movie focuses primarily on two significant cases of the lawyer: the Mumbai train bombings in 2006 and the Mumbai attacks in 2008. This movie got the National Film Award for Most Excellent Actor (Rajkummar Rao) as well Best Director (Hansal Mehta). See it!

7. Margarita, with a Straw (from 2015)

It stars Kalki Koechlin. The movie is a bi-sexual woman’s story. She has cerebral palsy. Lailai finds out about her self along with the course of this movie. It is a must-watch for people who are looking for coming of age stories and decent cinema.

8. Gour Hari Dastaan (from 2015)

Directed by Anant Mahadevan, it is an Indian freedom fighter’s story. This person is from Odisha. Gour Hari Das managed to fight for a certificate recognizing the work as a fighter for freedom that took three decades to arrive. 

9. Antardwand (from 2010)

It is based on the groom kidnapping’s cases in Bihar. It attained the National Film Award for Most Excellent Film regarding social issues. Watch it today!

“Legendary king” – Blockbuster epic from Bollywood

Even in its first release in India in November 2018, the film received strong attention from moviegoers and film critics. In addition to wanting to introduce to the audience the epic story from the land of curry, the filmmakers are not afraid to invest in the content but also pay special attention to the cinematic techniques. With a historical background from 300 BC, the “Legendary King” is known as one of the most costly and investment projects of the Indian film industry. Although compared with foreign markets, this budget is still much lower, but the quality of the film is not inferior to other Hollywood blockbusters.

The “legendary king” tells the historical story of one of the greatest emperors in Indian history, the founder of the Mauryan Empire. In the kingdom of Magadh in ancient India, Chandragupta Maurya – a boy who was born as a prince but had to live a life of slavery. Raised in a terrible situation, Chandragupta decided to reclaim his title and become the king of the largest empire ever in the Indian subcontinent. And through the talented mind of writer Medha Jadhav, Chandragupta’s life is described as one of the greatest visionaries the world has ever known.

In India, it is believed that great people are often born a hundred million years ago and that is also the luck of India when Chandragupta Maurya – the Great was born here. With the majestic and majestic historical background, the “Legendary King” filmmakers are also very elaborate and invest in a star movie scene that fits with history, while showing the splendor and wealth of the Maurya dynasty.

Besides the attractive content and cinematic nature, the movie “The Legendary King” also owns the famous actors faces and a series of impressive awards of Bollywood screens such as: Kartikeya Malviya as Chandragupta Maurya – Award Best Child Artist of 2017, Tarun Khanna as Chanakya – Best Supporting Actor Award in 2017, Saurabh Raj Jain as Dananan – Best Actor Award 2017.

The underrated Indian movies to watch today (Part 1)

There come a couple of quality films that can bring sanity back in your boring life. Such good movies in Bollywood is available. It is just that you do not hear a lot about them owing to the mainstream commercial movies’ marketing gimmicks that these ones may not, in general, afford.

Below, we have rounded up some of the underrated films that will be able to satiate your expectation for top-quality cinema. Without further ado, let’s discover what they are.

‘Masaan’ movie (in 2015)

It manages to follow two story arcs which are separately set. The setting is in Varanasi; the stories converge in the end. The first follows Devi’s journey. She has to tackle the severe loss of her boyfriend. At the same time, the character has to get over the guilt that she feels for the dead. The latter follows Deepak’s journey. This one comes from a family which burns funeral pyres from the Varanasi ghats. Critics highly appreciated the movie, and it also won a couple of awards in the Cannes Film Festival. 

Titli ( in 2015)

In Delhi’s underbelly’s badlands, Titli is a young member of a brotherhood that is violent car-jacking. He plots a bid to go away from the family business that is as shady as hell. His unruly brothers thwart the schemes. They try and marry him off without his willingness. Still, Titli manages to find an ally in Neelu – the new wife. She also nurtures her frustrated dreams. 

Ankhon Dekhi (in 2013)

Rajat Kapoor directed this film. It is known as a man’s bittersweet tale. He has an epiphany. This character only believes what he witnesses with his naked eyes. The actor who stars as the man has shown a perfect performance as a middle class family’s patriarch that lives in Old Delhi.

Top 10 best Indian movies of all time (Part 1)

Today, Indian films are increasingly gaining a place in the hearts of audiences, not only providing profound lessons but also bringing special emotions to viewers. Here are ten movies that you absolutely cannot miss.

Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par)

Like Stars on Earth, also known as the “special boy” brought many awards including the best foreign film award (2009). The film revolves around an eight-year-old boy who dislikes school and drops all the tests, he finds it difficult to keep up with his classmates, teachers and classmates. despised him, but no one realized that he was an artistic genius. His parents thought he was mentally retarded and sent Ishaan to boarding school, where he became even more depressed and scared. However, Ishaan’s situation completely changed when he met Ram Shankar Nikumbh – a new teacher. He realized Ishaan had dyslexia and, with his dedication and professionalism, Nikumbh succeeded in curing and bringing interest in Ishaan’s language and mathematics.

Queen

Queen is a film that received a lot of praise as well as achieved a large number of tickets sold in theaters in 2014, and received many awards for actors and directors of the film. This is a story about a young woman, Rani Mehra, one day before she got married, her fiancé told her that he no longer wanted to marry her, he explained that their way of life too different, he was liberal and she was a conservative. Too stunned with his decision, she decided to go on her honeymoon alone. After that trip, she made good friends, and changed herself to become more confident, making her husband “miss” regret.

PK (Peekay)

PK (Peekay) is a science fiction and humorous film, received positive reviews from the audience and received very high sales. The film is one of India’s most famous films of 2014.

Why did India become the center of Asian cinema? (Part 3)

India also actively participates in the world famous film festivals. Most recently at the Cannes Film Festival, India organized a show of their film in parallel with films in the framework of participating in Cannes. This is also one of the best ways to promote Indian cinema. Not only that , at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the fact that actress Vidya Balana “takes” the role of a jury member is also a highlight that makes more people interested in the country’s films. Cannes Film General Director Thierry Frémaux also said: “Admirable history and tradition, the strong creative motivations of Indian filmmakers are a good example of immortal vitality”.

Because of the good promotion and quality of the films, many Indian films have been copyrighted in countries around the world. Endhiran, for example, has been shown in 300 cinemas around the world, including demanding markets such as North America, the United Kingdom, Spain and Japan.

The difference in the movies

If one has seen Indian films, the audience has found that the films of Indian cinema have left a deep impression. It is the music and dance elements that make up Indian film. Normally, music and dance are only found in music films but in India, these two elements are present in all films. Typically, a movie will appear songs and dances 3 to 4 times. The music is carefully selected for the melody, in addition to the choreography is also performed spectacularly with the participation of many people.

This difference makes Indian films unmistakable with any other film industry. In addition, audiences also enjoy watching movies when there is a mix of music and dance on the film. This can be considered as one of the factors that make up the strong attraction of Indian films.

Indispensable choreography in Indian films

There are large investments and widespread advertising, but Indian cinema has not achieved much success as expected. Indian and Bollywood films compared to major film industries like China and the US have not yet participated in major film festivals of the world such as Cannes or Oscar. The number of films won at these prestigious film festivals is just counted on the fingers. Blockbusters with high investment and quality have not achieved the revenue as “crisis” as foreign blockbusters. India still needs more breakthroughs to bring the film industry to a new level.

Why did India become the center of Asian cinema? (Part 2)

Veer

After returning home, Veer and his warriors stood up to the British colonial and the puppet king in office. The film has such a large budget because in addition to the scenes in India, the delegation went to England to film. In the film, the audience will recognize some famous British places such as: Buckingham Palace; Greenwich Hospital, London; Palace of Westminster, etc.

Endhiran

And another movie known as one of Asia’s largest invested films is Endhiran (Robot, 2010) with an investment of Rs 140 million (about 514.4 billion). The film has a quality that is not inferior to any Hollywood fiction with the same theme of robotics. Endhiran talks about the scientist Vassegaran, who specializes in robotics that invented intelligent robots but could not control them. Therefore, he eventually had to destroy these robots himself to protect the safety of the people.

Promote and market movies and movies

That’s the way Bollywood films invest, but their revenue is not small. Veer films grossed more than Rs 58 million or Endhiran also reached Rs 210 million globally.

Indian and Bollywood films have always known how to make their products stand out. In addition to funding from the budget, India also spared no money when “swinging” to promote the image for each film in a series of countries around the world to enhance its film position.

Every year, India organizes film festivals in various countries to let foreign audiences know about the development of the Indian film industry. These include annual film festivals such as the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles held in April for documentaries and short filmsIn; dian Film Festival in London held in July; Indian Film Festival in Newyork held in April and May; River to River Film Festival is held in Florence, Italy, etc.

Indian International Film Festival (the biggest film festival in this country) is held every year and they have also signed many film production contracts. with many other countries. Thinking, this is also a way for many countries to know the film production process of this country.