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Most Underrated Indian Movies of the Decade

It is 2020, the beginning of a new decade. The previous decade saw a bundle of amazing movies. We all celebrated these films and made them a huge success. But in that celebration, we somewhere forgot to notice some fine gems. The reason why these films got under the radar is still not clear. Maybe time and destiny were not in favor of these movies. Here’s taking a moment to appreciate Indian films that didn’t get the deserved success at the box office and failed to reach a wider audience. Find the list of the most underrated Indian movies of the decade!


      1. Stanley ka Dabba (2011)

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The beauty of Stanley ka Dabba lies in its sheer simplicity and authenticity. The film is all about kids being kids with their innocence and carefree attitude while adults are busy being adults with selfishness and quirks. Anyone who has seen the movie will return with abundant love rather than sympathy for Stanley, played by the extremely talented Partho Gupte. Not even once do you find him complaining or self-sympathizing with the circumstances he has been thrown into. Though the film received critical appreciation, it failed to set the cash registers.


   2. Udaan (2010)

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Teenage angst is a less discussed topic in Bollywood. Rohan is an aspiring writer who has to now live with his “Hitler” father and a stepbrother he never knew about. Rohan’s emotionally stunted father forces him to live a disciplinarian life by working in a factory that is way out of Rohan’s league. Maybe due to the lack of glamour quotient (which is like a custom in Hindi cinema), the film Udaan didn’t get noticed by the masses.


 3.Aabhasam (2018)


     This Malayalam movie is something that deserved so much attention. It acted as a mirror to the highly hypocritical and judgmental society where anyone who tries to live life their way is accused and condemned for violating the preconceived norms of society. The film was released out of time, which may be the reason for its failure. Also, the film turns interesting only towards the end. The initial lag in the movie may have affected the overall unique storytelling of the film.


4. Mayakkam Enna (2011)


Dhanush’s exemplary performance as a struggling wildlife photographer is one of the main reasons why you will love the film. The movie is about life, struggles, and hardships. Mayakkamennu is a narrative of both Kartik and his wife Yamini’s perspective. It outshines in displaying complex emotions in particular scenes. It’s sad that the film didn’t do well at the box office.


    5.Nil Battey Sannatta(2015)

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This Aswini Iyyer Tiwari directorial film portrays a beautiful bond between a hardworking mother and her lazy daughter. A maid by profession, Chanda is someone who thinks beyond the glass ceiling. While Chanda struggles day and night to give her daughter a life beyond the slums, her daughter has zero aspiration to become something in life. The movie ends beautifully with Chanda saying to her daughter- “Sapna zaroor dekho”, giving us a sense of happiness and satisfaction, and above all a will to dream beyond.


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