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10 Movies Loved By Critics But Failed To Pull Audience

Rann (2010)

Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, Rann explores the ‘TRP game’ that media houses play to garner more views. The grey and gritty movie rip off the mask of honest reportage, which, under the foot of declining viewership, stoops low to present anything as news.

The cast, even though had industry’s elite- Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal, and Ritesh Deshmukh, the film was overshadowed by other movies that were released alongside. Neither did it grace many screens nor got the recognition it deserved.

City Lights (2014)

Adapted from Metro Manila, City Lights is the story of a family who migrates from Rajasthan to Mumbai and the struggle they face after. City Lights is like the city of Mumbai- it beats you down and when broken, it embraces you in its loving arms. The brilliant cast- Rajkumar Rao and Patralekha drink a concoction of pain and suffering prepared by the director- Hansal Mehta, to tell a hard-hitting tale.

Waiting (2015)

A warm tale about love, loss, and wadding through the blows that life throws at you, Waiting will make you smile through the contrasting personalities of Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tara (Kalki Koechlin). The film is resplendent with realist dialogues which accentuate the sweet situations present throughout.

Island City (2015)

An anthology of three movies, Island City narrates the paradox of life in a metropolitan city through sarcasm and tragedy. The cast- Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, and Tannishtha Chatterjee, tell their stories of their loneliness in an urban city, all of which have a tragic ending.

Kadvi Hawa (2017)

Nila Panda, the director of Kadvi Hawa, which centered around the agrarian crisis, paints an otherwise familiar tale in a new paint- the problem of global warming. Sanjay Mishra brilliantly plays the role of a blind farmer who is crushed under debt. Kadvi Hawa is supposed to be a wake-up call to recognize the dangers of climate change.

Do Dooni Chaar (2010)

The upward mobility of the Indian middle-class courtesy of societal pressure, and a life-long dream to acquire higher standards of living, Do Dooni Chaar is as real as it can get.

The movie traces the journey of a family as they try to buy a car and an internal moral conflict to accept money, unfairly, that would facilitate them to finally move up the societal ladder.

Court (2014)

Filled with deafening silences, a satire that ponders on life being nothing but a culmination of contradictions- mirroring the reality of judicial proceedings, Court will make you question your beliefs. A cruel and unforgiving story that is told by characters who shape up in front of the audience makes the courtroom drama unforgettable.

The film revolves around a singer and activist who is arrested on the grounds of abetting the suicide of a person with his ‘provocative’ songs. Although the movie has many accolades to its name, it is not widely known by many.

Water (2005)

Set in 1938 in the holy city of Benaras, Water tells the tale of the deprivation that a Hindu widow faces. The film addresses the terrible damage that male chauvinism can have on the human spirit. Starring Lisa Ray and John Abraham, and directed by Deepa Mehta, the film questions the age-old traditions that are damaging to an individual’s mental and emotional state.

Madholal Keep Walking (2009)

This lighthearted film revolves around a security guard played by Subrat Dutta, whose life takes a different turn after getting injured in a terrorist attack. The film beautifully spells out two things- the plight of the common man and that people start living only when they stop being afraid.

 I Am Kalam (2010)

I Am Kalam is about an underprivileged child who aspires to become a respectable person like Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. The film, full of optimism, refrains from portraying larger than life situations and resolutions. The movie touches on the idea that every child should have the right to education and to live its dream.

The movie is inspiring, in the sense that it advocates the idea of hard-work over luck.

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