Are you bored of watching typical Bollywood masala and romantic films? Then here is the list of Top 5 underrated bollywood movies of 2021, with unique content and story plots to make your weekend more interesting.
1. The White Tiger – Netflix
Since its release in January 2021, the tacky story of ordinary people living in the eternal society of India have been well received. The film is based on the Booker Prize winning novel and is being directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. The film presents the journey of Balram, played by Adarsh Gourav coping with poverty, inequality and rebellion. While starting Priyanka Chopra and Rajkumar Rao, the two hour film uses a neo-realistic approach to analyze the impact of globalization on the lower castes.
A good film made out of good story. The movie is gritty, dark and twisted. The White Tiger is based on millions of real lives in the country who struggles and works hard day by day to be oppressed by the rich again and again.
2. Pagglait – Netflix- One of the most underrated bollywood movies
Pagglait is a simple and delightful story about a woman who became widow shortly after marriage but her behavior did not meet the expectations of her family, annoying relatives and society. It is a story of a protagonist which revolves around three important events: the death of her husband, a photograph of her husband’s ex girlfriend and 50 lakh insurance left by her husband. Sanya Malhotra plays a leading role in a moderate family drama starring Sayani Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Shruti Sharma abd Ashutosh Rana.
The movie is directed by Umesh Bist which captures a typical orthodox Hindu family in grief and nuanced approach to relationships. However, the brilliant performance by the actors, makes it a delight to watch.
3. Nail Polish – Zee5
Nail Polish is a court room drama which revolves around the Rape and Murder of two migrant children by a very eminent personality of the society. As the evidences become stronger against the eminent personality, the case takes a very interesting turn which puts the viewers, lawyers and judge into an ethical-cum-legal paradox. You gotta watch the film to know what exactly happened, why it happened, how it happened and what was the final judgment.
The cast of the film was splendid, starring Manav kaul, Arjun Rampal, Anand Tiwari and Rajit Kapur. The war between the human mind and body gives it a unique twist. The ending keeps you guessing and that is the epitome of a great thriller. Watch it for its sheer brilliant script. Nail polish totally belongs to the top bollywood underrated movies!
4. Skater Girl – Netflix- Also appears in our most underrated bollywood movies of 2021
Skater Girl is India’s first skateboarding movie. Directed and written by Manjari Makinjany and co-written by Vinati Makinjany. Skater Girl is a story of a low caste girl from rural Rajashtan, who dreams of becoming skater and fulfilled by a foreign woman of Indian origin. Inspirational movie with a social message and promising performance by everyone, especially the kids who have acted so naturally. Rachel Sanchita Gupta as Prerna steals the show with her effortless performance.
Despite its status as as sports drama, the film exposes the caste system that permits in Indian society as well as anti-feminism in the household and society. This is a heartfelt film that will make you smile.
5. Sherni – Amzon Prime Video
The movie revolves around Forest officer and its team who are looking for the tigress and it captures bitter truth of the society. It follows Man vs Wild conflict. Vidya Balan in her character of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) is honest. The supporting actors Sharat Saxena, Mukul Chadda, Brijendra Kala, Neeraj Kabi and Vinay Raaz have done their job well. At one moment you will think that you are watching national geography and not Amazon Prime.
Cinematography and background score is outstanding. The minute details will make you fall for the movie and the credit goes to the director Amit Masurkar. The film somehow manages to relate both Shernis (Vidya and the real tigress) feeling trapped in the net of our selfish and egoist patriarchal society.
Just three words is enough to describe the movie: real, raw and fresh. Sherni is for those who love realistic cinema. These are top underrated bollywood movies that you should go and watch now!
Mridula Tripathi and Pankaj Tripathi : Endearing love story!!
Pankaj Tripathi is a fantastic Indian actor. His versatile acting skills made all of us fall in love with him. His journey is also inspirational for many of us. All and sundry know him for the antagonistic role in the Gangs of Wasseypur film series. Lets know about Endearing Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story.
M is the wife of Pankaj Tripathi and she is a teacher by profession. We all know Pankaj and Mridula as husband and wife, but majority of us don’t know about arduous and endearing love story of this gracious couple. This cheerful couple has been married for 17 years and counting, and has a daughter named Aashi. So, lets throw some light over this beautiful love story and know little more about the love.
How and where did Pankaj Tripathi meet Mridula for first time?
In an interview with better India, Mridula revealed the story how and where did she meet Pankaj and how this journey started. It was on the 24 May 1993 and she aforementioned that “It was my elder brother’s Tilak (engagement ceremony). I was on my way to a tiny room on the terrace to get dressed when this boy with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a beard crossed me. Those eyes would go on to follow me during the entire function.”
At that time Mridula was in nineth grade and Pankaj was two-year senior. Throwing light on the first meet Pankaj said “It was my sister’s wedding and I saw her on the balcony of the terrace and thought to myself, ‘This is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.’ And I did not even know who she was, or what her name was, at the time.”
Majority of us don’t believe on concept of love at first sight and term it as ‘aisa bas filmo me hota he’. Here we see the real love at first sight. Its true this happens in the films but this story is far more than that, it’s a film itself, a real-life film. So, let’s step into the real film adding on to this meet/introduction story.
The rising action – into Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story:
Back into the 90’s, these days were not easy for a couples to communicate as we experience as of now. So only means of contact was via writing the letters.
Purportedly, in a span of five months Pankaj use to visit his sister’s house at least once, so that would give them a chance to spend quality of the time together. Adding on to this Mridula says “I would leave for school in the morning and could meet him only after dinner. That was our time. We would sit and talk, sometimes till early morning. We both loved reading and had so much to talk about the books, novels, characters, stories, and the writers.”
Mridula- Breaking up with someone else to marry Pankaj:
Writing letters and visiting the Mridula’s house continued the Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story, for almost eight years. Soon the time came, this was the time when her parents found a marriage alliance for Mridula.
Finally, the time came Mridula says, “Pankaj confessed my brother and sister-in-law to the prospective groom’s place. He came and told me that it was a good match for me and I would surely get much of ‘Bhautik Sukh.’ I did not know so much Hindi back then and asked what that meant, and he said ‘material happiness.’ That’s when I felt that I was losing something very precious.”
After that Pankaj had to leave the place with aching heart. As because he needs to go at National School of Drama (NSD) to study. So, while in this span Mridula came up with an idea to break her marriage with someone else to marry Pankaj, Mridula says, “Only I know the lengths that I’d gone to break that marriage. And now the most important dilemma was communicating this news to Pankaj.”
After few days, on 24 December finally Pankaj spoke with all members of the family and Mridula just a day before her birthday. After the long wait for months, they got a chance to speak with each other. She says, “He wished me, and I reminded him that it was the next day. I tried really hard to convey my feelings to him, but he didn’t understand. It took a long explanation for him to finally get the drift.”
Era of Long-distance relationship:
Now a days the long-distance relationships seem quite hard. And dating is quite common for today’s generation. Back then, dating was a peculiar among the society and people. But the love finds it way out from amidst condition, they managed to keep their love and spark alive in their long-distance relationship. The only means to keep their love alive was via letters, that too once in 10 days and the phone call- a fixed at fixed time around 8:00 PM.
Happy starting – Pankaj and Mridula finally got married:
After the 12 years of courtship and lots for struggle, the couple Pankaj and Mridula finally got married on 15 January 2004. Mridula being the Brahmin sister of Pankaj’s brother-in-law, it was against their caste to marry in a family. Yet, they sorted it out and have been happily married for 17 years now and still counting. That’s the reasons I said this story is far more than a story of film. A perfect story, love at first sight-tragedy-struggles and a happy ending towards new journey.
Bollywood music directors who are unbeatable in pairs!
Music is the heart and soul of Bollywood. As Indians we all have grown up listening to music that Bollywood has given us in its myriad forms, and we all have fawned over it. The true artists behind the impeccable music are the music composers and bollywood music directors who have endowed us with some of the finest compositions and soulfully stirring musical pieces.
Today we will explore Top 13 Unbeatable Bollywood Music Directors Duos who have gained more recognition more than the solo composers and have continued to reign over the Indian music industry with their everlasting and memorable songs.
The true emperors of the Indian music industry, Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi and Jaikishan Jayabhai Panchal are popularly known as Shankar- Jaikishan. With their music composition, the duo set a new trend of freshness, gifted everlasting and versatile melodies to Indian music. They have also won 9 Filmfare Awards for best music director.
Some of the evergreen songs of Shankar-Jaikishan are:
Mera Joota Hai Japani (Shri 420)
Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai (Yahudi)
Awaara Hoon (Awaara)
Kisi ke Muskurahaton (Anari)
Baharon Phool Barsaao (Suraj)
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana(Andaaz)
This incredible duo was formed by the brothers Kalyanji Virji Shah and Anandji Virji Shah. They’ve composed music for over 250 films. The duo was always on top of the most recent musical trends. They had a fine flair for regional folk music and catchy dance numbers.
Some of the evergreen songs of Kalyanji-Anandji are:
Pal bhar ke liye (Johny Mera Naam)
Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezaar (Don)
Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta (Saagar)
Kya Khoob Lagthi Ho (Dharmatma)
Mere Desh Ki Dharti (Upkaar)
Apni Toh Jaise Taise (Laawaris)
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma together known as Laxmikant Pyarelal are a composer duo. Between 1963 and 1998, they composed music for approximately 750 Hindi films. The have won 7 Filmfare Awards for best music director.
Some of the evergreen songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal are:
Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai (Daag)
Mere Naseeb Main (naseeb)
Hungama Ho Gaya (Anhonee)
Dard-e-Dil Dard-e-Jigar (Karz)
Bindiya Chamakegi (Do Raaste)
Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai (Shor)
Shiv Hari is a Hindustani classical musical duo comprised of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (a santoor maestro) and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (a flute legend). They made their debut as composers in Silsila (1981). The duo composed music for eight movies, in which Yash Chopra directed seven of those films.
Some of the evergreen songs of Shiv-Hari are:
Yeh kaha aa gaye hum, Rang barse bheege chunarwali (Silsila)
Mere haathon mein (Chandni)
Chudiyan khanak Gayi (Lamhe )
Phoolon ke is Shehar mein (Parampara)
Are jane wale (Sahibaan)
Jadu Teri Nazar, Tu mere samne (Darr)
The most successful music directors of the 1990s, Nadeem Akhtar Saifi and Shravan Kumar Rathod are known as “Melody kings of Bollywood “. Their first Hindi film as music director was “Maine Jeena Seekh Liya” (1982). The duo rose to fame from the movie “Aashique” (1990), which is still considered one of Bollywood’s greatest soundtrack.
Some of the evergreen songs of Nadeem-Shravan are:
Bas ek sanam chahiye (Aashique)
Dekha hai pehli baar (Saajan)
Aaye ho meri zindagi mein (Raja Hindustani)
Tum dil ki dhadkan mein (Dhadkan)
Jise dekh mera dil dhadka (Phool aur kante)
Do dil mil rahe hai (Pardes)
Anand and Milind Shrivastav, are the sons of legendary music composer Chitragupt Shrivastav. The duo made their debut as a music composer in “Ab Aayega Mazaa” (1984). However, they rose to prominece with Nasir Hussain’s film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”(1998). The duo’s strength has always been simple, good poetry, catchy lilting melodies complimented with peppy, groovy beats, and stylish Hindi film orchestration.
Some of the evergreen songs of Anand-Milind are:
Papa kehte hai (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak)
Dhak dhak karne laga (Beta)
Saathiya tune kya kiya (Love)
Ankhiyon se goli mare (Dulhe raja)
Khambe jaise khadi hai (Dil))
Mere yaar dildar (Jaanwar)
Jatin Pandit and his brother Lalit Pandit, popularly known as Jatin-Lalit are a music composer duo, best known for their soulful and romantic numbers in the 1990s. Jatin Lalit came into the foray with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’s eternal love song “Pehla Nasha”. However, their first track “Bin Tere Sanam”, from not very successful film Yara Dildara, was a raging hit.
Some of the evergreen songs of Jatin Lalit are:
Tujhe dekha toh (DDLJ)
Bahon ke darmiyan (Khamoshi: The Musical)
Me koi aisa geet gaoon (Yes Boss)
Yeh ladka hai deewana (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
Humko humise chura lo (Mohabbatein)
Tauba tumhare yeh ishare (Chalte Chalte)
A trio of Bollywood music directors who took Bollywood by storm!
This is a musical trio composed of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. The trio is like a cocktail, that masterfully blends Hindustani and vocal music with western fusion and pop. They have received numerous accolades, including the National Film Award, Filmfare Awards, and IIFA Awards. They are distinguished by their versatile and timeless music compositions.
Some of the remarkable compositions of Shankar Ehsaan Loy are:
Koi kahe kehta rahe (Dil Chahta Hai)
Mahi Ve, Its the time to Disco (Kal Ho Na Ho)
Maa (Taare Zameen Par)
Mitwa (Kabhi Alwida na Kehna)
Iktara (WAke Up Sid)
Ae watan, Dilbaro (Raazi)
With the movie “Jhankar Beats” Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani ushered in a new era in Bollywood music, winning the R. D. Burman Award for Best New Music Talent from Filmfare. The song ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ from the movie became much popular. They have also worked as playback singers and have given numerous live performances, rocking the crowd with their catchy riffs.
Some of the remarkable compositions of Vishal-Shekhar are:
Dus bahane (Dus)
Aankhon mein teri (Om Shanti Om)
Ishq wala love (Student of the year)
Tujhe bhula diya (Anjana, Anjani)
Ude dil befikre, Nashe se chad gayi (Befikre)
Dil diya gala, Swag se swagat (Tiger zinda hai)
Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant have composed some of the best songs and background scores for many Hindi films. Background score is a prominent aspect of their body of work, for which they have earned many awards for several films like Krrish, Bhoot, Mujhse Shadi Karogi, Dhoom, and Ab Tak Chappan.
Some of the remarkable compositions of Salim-Sulaiman are:
Mar jawaan (Fashion)
Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baja Barat)
Badal pe paaon hai (Chakde India)
Tujh mein Rab dikhta hai (Rab ne bana di jodi)
Shukhran Allah, Kurban hua (Kurban)
O re piya (Aaja nachle)
Sajid and Wajid Khan, sons of veteran tabla player Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, are another sibling duo who have made great music in the realm of Bollywood songs. Sajid–Wajid first scored music for Salman Khan’s “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” in 1998, thereafter they became a fixed name in all movies produced or starring by Khan family
Some of the remarkable compositions of Sajid Wajid are:
Dupatta tera nau rang da (Partner)
Mera hi Jalwa, Lele maza Le (Wanted)
Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahani)
Tere mast mast do nain (Dabangg)
Fevicol se (Dabangg 2)
Chinta ta chita chita (Rowdy Rathore)
Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale are well-known names in the Marathi music industry. Started in early 2004, the duo has numerous hits in Marathi films and albums. The duo has also created some really great music for Bollywood, which has received a lot of attention and praise. For the Marathi film “Sairat “(2016), they became the first Indian music directors to record their music at Sony scoring studios in Hollywood.
Some of the remarkable compositions of Ajay-Atul are:
Abhi mujh mein kahi (Agneepath)
Mera Naam Tu (Zero)
Pehli Baar (Dhadak)
Sapna Jahan (Brothers)
Tharki Chokro (PK)
Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya, popularly known as Sachin-Jigar, are a music composer duo who compose music for Hindi and Gujarati films. They began as Pritam’s assistants but later went on to compose music on their own. The duo knows the pulse of the audience and entertain them with fresh, peppy, and vibrant music.
Some of the remarkable compositions of Sachin-Jigar are:
Chaar baj gaye (F.A.L.T.U)
Saibo (Shor in the city)
Gulabi (Shudh Desi Romance)
Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)
Mileya mileya, Jaise Mera tu (Happy Ending)
These bollywood music directors have been a blessing to bollywood and the iconic songs we got that will stay in our hearts forever and ever.
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