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These underrated Bollywood films showcase diverse storytelling and strong performances but did not receive the commercial success they deserved.


“Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year” (2009):

Director: Shimit Amin

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Gauahar Khan, Prem Chopra

Synopsis: The film follows the journey of Harpreet Singh Bedi, a fresh graduate who starts working as a salesman but refuses to compromise his values in the cutthroat world of corporate sales.

Box Office: Despite receiving critical acclaim, the film had a moderate box office performance, earning around ₹34 crores worldwide.

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“Udaan” (2010):

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor

Synopsis: “Udaan” tells the story of Rohan, a teenager who returns home to face his abusive father’s authority and discovers his passion for writing and storytelling.

Box Office: While the film received widespread critical acclaim, it had a limited theatrical release and earned around ₹14 crores worldwide.

“Manorama Six Feet Under” (2007):

Director: Navdeep Singh

Cast: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen

Synopsis: A neo-noir thriller, the film follows the investigation of a murder mystery in a small town, intertwining themes of deception, corruption, and redemption.

Box Office: Despite positive reviews, the film had a lukewarm response at the box office, earning around ₹3 crores.

“Lootera” (2013):

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Vikrant Massey

Synopsis: Set in the 1950s, “Lootera” is a romantic drama about a young archaeologist and an aristocrat’s daughter whose love story is marred by secrets and tragedy.

Box Office: Despite critical acclaim, the film had a modest box office performance, earning around ₹48 crores worldwide.

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“Masaan” (2015):

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan

Cast: Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra

Synopsis: “Masaan” follows the intersecting lives of several characters in Varanasi, exploring themes of love, loss, and social stigma.

Box Office: Despite winning critical acclaim at international film festivals, the film had a limited release in India and earned around ₹8 crores worldwide.

Titli” (2014):

Director: Kanu Behl

Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Shashank Arora

Synopsis: “Titli” is a gritty drama that follows the journey of a young man trapped in a dysfunctional family involved in carjacking in Delhi.

Box Office: Despite positive reviews, the film had a limited release and earned around ₹3 crores.

“Aankhon Dekhi” (2014):

Director: Rajat Kapoor

Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Bhargava

Synopsis: The film revolves around a middle-aged man who decides to only believe in what he sees with his own eyes, leading to a journey of self-discovery.

Box Office: Despite critical acclaim, the film had a limited release and earned around ₹5 crores.

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“Khosla Ka Ghosla” (2006):

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Cast: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas

Synopsis: A comedy-drama, the film follows the Khosla family’s struggle to reclaim their land from a corrupt real estate agent.

Box Office: Despite winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, the film had a modest box office performance, earning around ₹10 crores.

“Stanley Ka Dabba” (2011):

Director: Amole Gupte

Cast: Partho Gupte, Divya Dutta, Raj Zutshi

Synopsis: The film tells the story of a schoolboy ostracized by his teacher for not bringing lunch to school and his resilience in the face of adversity.

Box Office: Despite critical acclaim, the film had a limited release and earned around ₹6 crores.

“Shahid” (2012):

Director: Hansal Mehta

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu

Synopsis: “Shahid” is a biographical drama based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who fought for justice despite facing threats and persecution.

Box Office: Despite critical praise, the film had a limited release and earned around ₹4 crores.

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