When I decided to get down to compiling the 10 Best Hindi movies on Netflix, I plunged into the exercise heartily without realizing that I was putting myself in a spot. For, the whole thing turned out to be an exercise in impossibility. Choosing ten or even twenty movies from a huge swathe is not easy. 

Thus I decided to play it shift gears and instead decided to choose movies that I felt were underappreciated. These movies did not get the kind of attention they deserved. This is also just the start of this list that I’ll keep adding to as and when more new movies are released that go unnoticed, so this could turn into a top twenty list.

The movies listed below are sorted by their release year, which simply means that the ones on top have been released recently and are not the best on this list. In fact, all movies on this list are worth your time.

Dasvi

Genre: Social Satire

Abhishek Bachchan has a flair for comedy. Sadly, not many directors have explored that talented side of his. Luckily, Tushar Jalota is not one among them. In Dasvi, he has Bachchan junior playing a bumbling Chief Minister who has to match wits with his wife, who has unseated to become the Chief Minister. Nimrat Kaur, as his wife, is also terrific. This social spoof also carries a larger message on the importance of education. Yami Gautam is also in the cast.

An Action Hero

Genre: Action

It is always worth rooting for a self-aware film. This one was very much clued into the life of big stars and the happenings in the film industry.  Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat,  the story is about an action film star who goes on the run after accidentally killing a man. The way he turns the tables on his tormentor is certainly interesting. The cameo by Akshay Kumar has a great self-deprecatory line. A star making a joke about himself is rare.

Tara Vs Bilal

Genre: Romance

The life of NRIs, as seen from India, is filled with riches. But it need not be is the premise of this story. A young man and woman, in different kinds of personal strife, get into a fake marriage. But slowly fall for each other. Not a new story but the youthful zest and comedy make the film worth watching. It stars Harshvardhan Rane and Sonia Rathee, who acquit themselves well.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

Genre: Rom-com

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui strikes an important blow for the trans community. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film stars Vaani Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana in lead roles. The story revolves around Maninder ‘Manu’ Munjal, a bodybuilder, and Maanvi Brar, a Zumba instructor. The former is not initially aware that the latter is a transgender woman. When she tells him, he is appalled. But eventually, he understands her. The plot revolves around how he and his family accept her.

Badhaai Do 

Genre: Comedy

Badhaai Do is another one of those films that speak about the universality of love and genders be damned. This Harshvardhan Kulkarni’s directorial starred Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the leads. It is about the little-discussed ‘lavender marriage’. A gay individual marries a lesbian to fob off society.  The film’s humour was organic and not gross or crass, which sometimes movies of this type can, unfortunately, slip into. 

’83

Genre: Sports

This retelling of India’s epoch-making win in the cricket World Cup of 1983 has plenty of goosebumps-inducing moments.  The film has an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa and R. Badree. If not for anything, the movie deserves a watch for the spirited way Ranveer Singh has played the fiery Kapil Dev. And Jiiva’s reprising of K Srikkanth will have you in splits. 

Mimi

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi are a riot in this film. A remake of the 2011 Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy!, Mimi is about a surrogate mother for a foreign couple who back out in the middle. Sai Tamhankar, Manoj Pahwa, and Supriya Pathak also add to the mirth. The story is about unpretentious living. The music and songs of A R Rahman are a big plus for the film. 

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Genre: Biographical drama

Gunjan Saxena is the spunky story of a brave young girl. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film stars Janhvi Kapoor as Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena, an Indian female air-force pilot, one of the first women to fly in a combat zone. Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi are also in the cast.

The film throws light on struggles and gender-based discrimination faced by former Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena. Known as the ‘Kargil Girl’, Gunjan was honoured with the Shaurya Vir award for displaying exemplary courage during the Kargil war in 1999. It is a Bravura film. 

Chopsticks

Genre: Comedy

This little-heralded film is a feel-good story that has the talented Abhay Deol and Mithila Palkar in the lead. The story is about two contrasting personalities falling for each other: One, a sweet-talking confidence trickster and the other, an introverted, diffident girl. The con man has to help this withdrawn girl get back her stolen car.  It is a hoot in an understated way.

Rajma Chawal

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Directed by Leena Yadav, the film stars Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar and Amyra Dastur as the leads. The story is about a father-son relationship, the clash of old ethos versus modern sensibilities. It is realistic, funny and mildly maudlin. It is the kind of middle-brow film that stays with you for long. Rishi Kapoor brings his usual charm to play a role that is a big hit with women of all age groups. Food and fun never mixed better.

Balakumar Kuppuswamy
Balakumar Kuppuswamy

An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.

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