We all know the feeling of scrolling through endless movie options, only to settle on something mainstream or familiar. But hidden beneath the popular releases are cinematic treasures waiting to be discovered. Don’t let these underrated gems slip through the cracks. With these movies, prepare to be pleasantly surprised with the storytelling, performances, and unique perspectives. These movies offer a refreshing break from the mainstream and are worth your time.
Here’s a list of a few underrated gems you might have missed, but definitely shouldn’t have:
‘Prema Vimanam’ (Zee5)
In the rustic setting of a village, where dreams often collide with financial constraints, ‘Prema Vimanam’ attempts to weave together the lives of two ambitious young boys, Ramu and Lachu, and a budding romance between Mani and Abhitha. The film explores their tenacity, dreams, and the serendipitous convergence of their paths, highlighting the beauty of simplicity and perseverance. You can catch ‘Prema Vimanam’ streaming on Zee5 for a heartwarming cinematic experience.
‘Table No 21’ (Zee5)
‘Table No 21’ is a suspense thriller that revolves around a young happily married couple, Vivaan, and Siya, who win a luxurious trip to Fiji and get drawn into a dangerous live reality game. The film takes the spectator on an exciting journey as the pair faces life-or-death decisions and surprising twists. This one is a must-see for fans of suspense films.
‘Dobaaraa’ is an Indian remake of a Spanish film, ‘Mirage’. This thriller narrates the story of a woman who saves a kid’s life in a mysterious thunderstorm, leading to unexpected consequences. Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati deliver powerful performances in this underappreciated gem. If you haven’t watched ‘Dobaaraa’ yet, it rightfully deserves your attention for its suspenseful storytelling.
‘Ittefaq’ is a contemporary remake of a film with the same-name from 1969. This suspenseful thriller centres on two major suspects, a successful writer, and a young woman, both of whom are accused of murder. With two versions and one truth, Inspector Dev, played by Akshaye Khanna, attempts to find the true murderer. Ittefaq is a secret gem waiting to be discovered, with an intriguing narrative and great performances by Siddharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha.
‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ showcases parallel stories of four women, each struggling to live up to societal standards and expectations. This film offers a raw look at the difficulties and challenges that women face in India. The screenplay and performances from the entire ensemble are outstanding, making it a must-see for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking cinema.