7 Underrated Movies that Changed Indian Cinema

Team FC

Ship of Theseus (2012) - YouTube

Celebrated for its profound storytelling and intellectual depth, it brought attention to arthouse cinema in India, challenging viewers with its complex themes and philosophical inquiries.

Udaan (2010) - Netflix

Udaan's raw and realistic portrayal of adolescence and familial abuse sparked conversations about Indian independent cinema, opening doors for more coming-of-age stories with similar emotional depth.

Masaan (2015) - Disney+ Hotstar

Masaan was lauded for its narrative simplicity and emotional complexity, highlighting the harsh realities of small-town India while portraying universal human experiences.

Court (2014) - Netflix

This courtroom drama follows the trial of an aging folk singer accused of inciting a sewage worker’s suicide with his lyrics. Court’s critique of the Indian judicial system and its bureaucratic inefficiencies brought a new level of realism and critical engagement to Indian legal dramas.

Newton (2017) - N/A

A government clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden area of Chhattisgarh tries to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks.

The Lunchbox (2013) - Prime Video Rent

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a housewife to an about-to-retire office worker. The Lunchbox was instrumental in showing the power of simple, heartfelt storytelling, gaining critical acclaim both domestically and internationally.

Tumbbad (2018) - N/A

Despite being a niche film, "Tumbbad" found success at the box office, indicating a growing acceptance of non-traditional narratives among Indian audiences. This success encouraged filmmakers to take creative risks and explore new territories within Indian cinema.

Thank You for Reading!

NEXT: 7 Underrated Romantic Movies