Top 5 Underrated Indian Films

Indian film industry releases more than a thousand films every year & most of us would be flocking to multiplexes only for those big flicks starring celebrity star cast. Movies that have the same old slapstick formula like Dilwale, Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg, and Ready, etc, are the type of movies that the Indian audience prefers to watch.

There are also some quality movies that release every now and then that have a brilliant storyline, cast, and splendid performances. But most of us don’t really get to know much about these brilliant movies because of the marketing gimmicks of mainstream commercial movies. Due to their budget constraints or owing to some other reasons, these underrated movies can’t generally afford to market themselves on par with the other mainstream movies.

Now, let’s take a look at the list of the most underrated films in Indian Cinema.

Masaan (2015)

Masaan is undoubtedly one of the most underrated movies of Indian cinema. It has a brilliant story plot that has two separate story arcs in the town of Varanasi that eventually converge. One plot follows the story of Devi (Richa Chadha), who’s trying to overcome the guilt she feels for the death of her boyfriend. The second plot revolves around the life of Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), who is from a poor family that burns funeral pyres at the Varanasi ghats. This movie received high ratings and appreciations from film critics and has also successfully grabbed awards at Cannes Film Festival.

Naa Autograph

Naa Autograph

This is one of the most underrated films in Tollywood starring Ravi Teja. Famous cinematographer S. Gopala Reddy turned into a director & achieved immense success with the remake of this Tamil movie titled Autograph. Despite the film being a failure at the box office, it is one of the most loved films on television which is evident from the TRP the film garners whenever it is telecasted. All the songs in this movie are number one at the chartbusters.


Raj Kumar Rao being one of the most underrated actors in the Indian cinema has been a part of many underrated films in his career. Shahid is an underrated biographical film starring Raj Kumar Rao which is based on the life of the lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi. The storyline of the film focuses on the lawyer’s two major cases: the 2006 Mumbai train bombings and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This film was well-received by critics and at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony, this film has got National Film Award for Best Actor (Rajkummar Rao) and Best Director (Hansal Mehta).

I Am Kalam

This is a well-acclaimed movie by film critics & that depicts the story of a boy who derives inspiration from the late former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. The boy then goes on to change his name to Kalam and takes steps to meet the visionary once in his lifetime. Harsh Mayar who played the lead character of the child in this film was awarded National Film Award for Best Child Artist for this film.


This is a brilliant courtroom drama film directed by Samar Khan, starring Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, and Minissha Lamba. The film’s plot revolves around the backdrop of the Kashmir conflict & the court-martial of a Muslim officer in the Indian army for shooting his commanding officer.

Apart from these, there are many other highly underrated films in the Indian film industry from different languages. You can mention your own list of the most underrated movies in the comment section.


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