Every year, there are a couple of movies that pass unnoticed at the Box office barometer, and even the critics cannot do justice to the movie at the end of the day. These underrated movies are then relegated to the Film Festivals and movies 123 other such scenarios, which might, or might not be financially rewarding for the people behind the films. Here are three grossly underrated movies that released in recent times, movies that were taken over by the superhero flicks and the mindless action jaunts that were the talk of the town that week, month, and year.
#3 Manorama Six Feet Under
This movie ranks so low in the list because it did succeed in making a buzz before the release, and that is just because it had Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen and Sarika in the movie. Murder mysteries are never a good idea for the Bollywood box office, and this one wasn’t just a murder mystery, it was a political thriller that had some shades of sexual crimes too. Not just the concept, but the screenplay and direction were so brilliant that people somehow failed to understand what the movie was all about. Others might say that Dor is the movie that made Gul Panag, but we think it is her subtle performance of a common housewife that would endear her to people, more than the Dor character. This is the career defining role for Abhay Deol, and if you haven’t seen him in this role, you haven’t seen him anywhere.
Striker is one of those unfortunate movies that launched during a sudden bandh, and the movie never caught up on Saturday. The movie stars Siddharth and Aditya Panscholi in a career defining and redefining role, and is one of the most hard hitting movies that gave people a brutal and realistic look into the world of crime in the seventies, eighties and nineties. The movie was set in Malad Malwani, two areas that have been routinely used in Bollywood movies, right from the iconic climax in Don to the place where one of the main protagonists in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion lived, but nobody has been able to capture the squalor and culture that Malwani has.
On the whole, while the movie told the story of one young boy who tries to stay away from the mafia, crime and corruption, it actually tells the story of how a whole city changed from a simple fisherman and trader’s world to something that was much, much murkier and evil that what could be found even in the most well written pulp fiction comic book of the West. Striker makes one believe that there is a Gotham in every city, state and country, just waiting to be discovered.