Least Watched Movies in Bollywood

Written by Punit Garg
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The Indian film business, known as Bollywood, is famous for its lavish production values. However, there are some films that, although being released alongside blockbusters and other high-profile films, tend to be overlooked and never gain a significant following. These under-the-radar works of art may have yet to be critically acclaimed or commercially successful, but they are certainly brilliant in their own right. This piece examines several underappreciated Bollywood films that deserve wider attention.


Movie review of “Masaan,” a 2015 drama film directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and set in the Indian city of Varanasi. The film expertly interweaves several narrative strands to examine the intricacies of love, loss, and societal standards. Even though “Masaan” included excellent work by Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, and Sanjay Mishra, it could not make a splash at the box office. The film’s thoughtful narrative and nuanced depiction of human emotion make it a must-see for movie buffs.

The 2007 film “Manorama: Six Feet Under”

The neo-noir thriller “Manorama Six Feet Under,” directed by Navdeep Singh, is a loving homage to the great detective films of the past. Filmed in a tiny village, the plot follows Abhay Deol’s character, a failed writer, as he becomes entangled in a web of corruption, intrigue, and murder. Although it featured a captivating story, excellent acting, and atmospheric camerawork, “Manorama Six Feet Under” had difficulty breaking out following its initial release. The compelling story and fascinating storytelling make it an underappreciated gem.


Filmmaker Kanu Behl’s “Titli” (2014) is a powerful drama that delves deep into the grim reality of living within a broken family. The film takes place on the outskirts of Delhi, and it follows the youngest son, Titli, as he seeks to leave his abusive home. “Titli” explores themes of despair, survival, and the need for independence and has outstanding performances from Shashank Arora and Ranvir Shorey. The film was praised by critics and audience members in foreign film festivals, but it could only attract a small audience in India.

2018’s “Tumbbad”

The mythological, folkloric, and human greed of “Tumbbad,” directed by Rahi Anil Barve, make it a one-of-a-kind horror fantasy film. The novel takes place in colonial India and centers on a family who suffers from the effects of their greed. “Tumbbad” is a groundbreaking film because of its magnificent visuals, evocative score, and riveting story. Despite positive reviews, the film failed to reach a wide audience, demonstrating the need for more openness to experimental storytelling in Bollywood.


While Bollywood is known for its box office hits, the industry also produces many underappreciated masterpieces. Movies like “Masaan,” “Manorama Six Feet Under,” “Titli,” and “Tumbbad” are deserving of wider attention because of the extraordinary storytelling, strong performances, and thought-provoking tales they present.

To fully appreciate exceptional filmmakers’ aesthetic brilliance and creative vision, spectators need to look beyond the mainstream releases and find these lesser-known films. We can promote narrative diversity and give rise to more underrated cinematic gems if we appreciate films like these.