10 unique but unpopular Bollywood movies
Bollywood may not want to out of its comfort zone, and some eminent producers are still making “ek tarfa pyaar ka maja hi kuch aur hai (There is a different pleasure for one-sided love)” type movie. However, some filmmakers don’t forget their creativity and trying to make different kinds of contents despite facing failures. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Vibhu Puri are few trying to make the creativity alive till now, and they deserve the brand ambassador status of Bollywood for this. Here are 10 unique but unpopular Bollywood movies that could be more popular if supported by audiences and the luck.
Based on the life story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, the inventor of the first airplane even before the Wright brothers, that is still controversial, as the western world refuses to give him the status. The movie shows a school dropout is trying to make a flying machine by studying the Vedas and other ancient books but later became the victim of Britisher’s dirty politics. The movie was commercially unsuccessful and even get bad ratings for the execution, but they applauded the story concept.
Jagga Jasoos (2017)
When we are preparing a list of unique story plots, it would be impossible to ignore Ranbir Kapoor’s movie it was a hit or flop. Based on the infamous Purulia arms drop case that designed to overthrow the ruling Communist government of West Bengal, where the protagonist is on a mission to search of his father. Ranbir Kapoor didn’t disappoint, but the movie unable to achieve the success as expected despite getting positive reviews from critics.
Shanghai (2012 film)
It doesn’t deserve to fail commercially, but unfortunately, it failed even some places theatre owners removed it within one day! One of the best political masterpieces that Bollywood made ever, Shanghai is a must watch if you want to see what exactly the lives of politicians and their inner world. There is nothing like the protagonist kills 100 of goons with one shot, in fact, it shows how dangerous and what kind of consequences can happen once you are the part of a political conspiracy. No one is trusted, and you need to become smart to save yourself.
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
One of the best performance of Abhay Deol in his career and neo-noir thriller that people should watch for him only if they want to see how an actor actually should perform. Based on the movie Chinatown (1974), however, the makers made it from their point of view by making some necessary changes, and it would be an insult to the movie if we compare it with other copy paste movies.
In case you don’t know, Bollywood has some finest collections of psychological thriller that people hardly know, and the surprising fact is some are very popular, but most of us don’t have any idea that those are belonging to such category. When King of psychological thriller Anurag Kashyap and Ram Gopal Verma decided to make a movie, there is no reason to miss it. You can make a movie with three actors, and Kaun is the best example of it. Not a typical horror movie we watch in Bollywood and Hollywood but is enough to make audience scare. We can say that the movie was not ahead of its generation and that may be the reason for its failure and when people were repeatedly watching Kaho Na Pyaar Hai more than 18 times(!) and did chest thumping, it would be our foolishness to expect the commercial success of such gem.
Hey Ram (2000)
When Kamal Hassan and Shahrukh Khan made a movie audience should not miss it no matter what, and if you need more reason, then watch for the sake of Kamal Hassan’s direction. Based on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the partition of India, a semi-fictional plot, the movie shows the influence of extremism in the current environment that we fail to recognize. The best part is some of the legends of Bollywood and Tamil film industry we can see together on one screen from Kamal Hassan to Naseeruddin Shah, Hema Malini, Shahrukh Khan, Atul Kulkarni.
The first film of King of the psychological thriller Anurag Kashyap as a director but unfortunately, the movie never came to the theatre due to the violence, drug abuse, and foul languages however the producer released it in several film festivals. A movie based on the five friends who were broke due to their drug addiction nature and later to extract money they made a conspiracy but it becomes more complicated and dangerous due to betrayal and counter-betrayal. The movie beautifully shows the how destructive drug abuse can be.
Black Friday (2004)
Anurag Kashyap belongs to the category of few directors who never made multiple movies on the same story that usually Bollywood directors are fond of. Based on a book by Hussain Zaidi about the infamous Bombay serial bombing in 1993, the movie won several international awards, but censor board banned it due to its controversial subject. Though later Supreme Court allowed it to release after the verdict in the case delivered by TADA court and the movie came to the floor in 2007. The long delay in the release failed to get the audience attention it deserves, and we missed another masterpiece made by Anurag Kashyap on the theatre on time.
The Lunchbox (2013)
How to make a romantic movie in a unique style can be learned from this movie where the feelings of two lonely people shared in a beautiful manner that we yet to find in any other Bollywood movie. A widower and soon to retire employee, and a housewife whose husband left her for his extramarital affairs accidentally start their conversion through a lunchbox delivered by the Mumbai dabbawalas. If you are bored due to same repeated glamorous love stories, The Lunchbox is a must watch for its story, Irfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur performance.
When Anurag Kashyap involves in a movie means it surely has something different to offer even though he was a producer and no need to mention about the talent of Raj Kumar Rao and director Hansal Mehta. Based on the life of Human Right Lawyer Shahid Azmi who was shot dead by four gunmen in 2010. A story about a Muslim Youth who once joined a militant organization after the Bombay riots but later left and came to Mumbai where he studied law while in the jail and started taking the cases for the people wrongly accused in the terrorism. The movie never gets the commercial success but got a lot of praise from the critics and won 61st National Film Award for best actor and director.
Notable mentions: Peepli (Live ) (2010), Life in a Metro(2007), Deewangee (2002), 404(2011)
Featured Image: The Lunchbox poster/Wikipedia