Bollywood fever has taken over the world. No matter who you are or where you’re from, one thing is clear: everyone watches Bollywood movies. But not everyone knows what movies are actually amazing compared to the others.

People seem to see a new Bollywood movie on Netflix with a good-looking actor and watch it. No one knows which ones to actually watch. These are not the average movies you’d find on Netflix or the lists of what people usually watch. These are the more underrated but amazing movies that you can’t miss out on.

1. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

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Synopsis: Inspired by true events, a 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

It’s an older movie, but it was recently colored for the millennials as no one wants to watch a silver screen classic. It’s a tale of the Mughal times of India, based on the true story of how a prince falls in love with a dancer, and how her life is sacrificed for their love.

2. Sholay (1975)

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Synopsis: After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture him.

This is an absolute pleasure to watch, and has comedy and action. A story about two outlaws who stumble through a village to help out a former cop – all while finding love and proposing in the weirdest ways possible. (I’d rather get proposed by Veeru from Sholay, than Raj from DDLJ)

3. Hera Pheri (2000)

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Synopsis: Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they receive a call from a kidnapper. However, things do not go as planned, per the usual.

If you love comedies, watch this. It doesn’t include dumb stunts and sexual innuendos – it’s pure comedy. It’s about three unemployed men who try to survive with no money until they find themselves in a bad situation. Watch the original from 2000 first, and there are also two sequels that turned out to be just as hilarious

4. Aankhen (2002)

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Synopsis: Losing his job after assaulting a cashier whom he witnessed cheat a longtime customer of 100 rupees, schizophrenic bank employee Vijay decides to get revenge on his superiors by robbing the bank he had dedicated his life to serving.

This movie is brilliant. Very underrated. It showcases how swiftly an ex-employee hires three blind men to rob a bank. Simply brilliant, excellent cast, beautiful script, and amazing concept.

5. Baghbaan (2003)

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Synopsis: An elderly couple wishes their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.

This movie makes me cry, every. single. time. This movie is about an old couple who struggle as they are separated by their own children until they find an angel residing in someone known, but unexpected. I can’t listen to the title song without tearing up. The actors have acted so well, especially Amitabh Bachchan. This movie also makes you appreciate your parents, so much so that all you want to do is go up to them and hug them.

6. Parineeta (2005)

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Synopsis: The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man.

I love this love story. Absolutely love it. Childhood friends madly in love, but their family statuses restrict them from being a couple, until one day a strange man arrives. Not like Romeo and Juliet, like at all. Such good acting, such a pure love story, not cheesy but beautiful. It shows how you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone – it shows raw emotions and how people deal with relationship issues while juggling the family status in real life.

7. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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Synopsis: An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

I absolutely adore this movie, not just because of the 8-year-old cutie, but because of how they depict the lives of Indians who have a mental illness. It shows how hard it is for people to accept those with disabilities and once they do, how to deal with them. The relationship between how a teacher can impact and inspire a student, how they can help them. Another beautiful relationship (you’re probably tired of me saying that). The struggles, the jokes, the basic cuteness: this movie is everything.

8. 3 Idiots (2009)

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Synopsis: Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them “idiots”.

Every child in India has a very predictable future: a girl is a doctor and the boy is an engineer. This movie beautifully depicts the struggle of trying to earn a degree, with the pressures of family, friends, and college. It’s about how in the race of survival, there are those who are genuinely passionate about getting an education. This movie has tons of laughs, struggles, family and a clear depiction of what it’s like to get a degree in India.

9. Barfi (2012)

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Synopsis: Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society’s definition of normal and abnormal.

Another great movie that deals with the different types of people who might not necessarily be “normal.” They fall in love in such an unconventional way. It sheds light on how people with special needs do fall in love, want companionship and show emotions like jealousy, sadness, and anger. That’s not the only reason why I love it, it’s also because it’s based in the 70s. The fashion, the music, the screenplay, everything reflects the 70s vibes brilliantly. It’s such a beautiful love story.

10. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

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Synopsis: A man with a magnanimous heart takes a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family.

Salman Khan. Absolutely brilliant. Love the concept. It’s about a young mute Pakistani girl who gets stuck in India with a Hindu man, who must now break all his rules and confinements to take her back home safely. It’s such a cute relationship, from the Hindu man not understanding her to not liking her because she’s Pakistani but then finally loving her regardless. It’s such a nice storyline because it shows how someone from antagonistic countries like India-Pakistan, can work together and love each other. The love is so pure and beautiful that it just makes everyone feel good after.


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