What makes a film underappreciated? Is it when a film is critically acclaimed but does not receive the attention it deserves? Or is it when only a few people enjoy the film?

Underappreciated films are those that are well worth your time but aren’t on everyone’s list. Maybe it was because they didn’t make as much noise or because it didn’t do as well at the box office!

They could have made a huge impact if they had received greater publicity, but for some reason, they didn’t. If you haven’t already seen them, the films listed below are well worth your time.

1. The Lunchbox – 2013

This love film, directed by Ritesh Batra, is centered on an odd scenario of accidentally exchanging lunch boxes, which leads to the development of an uncommon friendship between the two of them. Despite its box office success, the film was rejected as an Indian entry for the Academy Awards.

The Lunchbox, a touching film starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur that was released in 2013, follows a connecting exchange of messages between two people through letters exclusively. It is one of the most underappreciated films of all time.

2. Tamanna – 1997

This film, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, addressed a social issue. It is based on a true tale of a eunuch (played by Paresh Rawal), an abandoned girl (played by Pooja Bhatt). A heartwarming relationship between these two, released in 1998, demonstrates humanity and love.

A good aspect of the third gender might be noticed in those who are perceived as beggars by the general public.

3. Margarita with a Straw – 2014

The film, directed by Shonali Bose, is about a teen girl with cerebral palsy and her relationship status. Kalki Koechlin and Sayani Gupta starred in the 2014 film Margarita with a Straw. The film received a Special Jury Award from the National Film Awards, as well as the Stardust Award for Filmmaker of the Year and the Screen Award for Best Actress.

This film is an inspiration and demonstrates how to deal with life and live a happy life.

4. Liar’s Dice – 2013

Liar’s Dice, directed by Geetu Mohandas, explores the human cost of urban migration and migrant worker mistreatment.

Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui play key roles in the film, which was released in 2013. Geetanjali Thapa received a National Film Award for Best Actress, and Rajeev Ravi received a National Film Award for Best Cinematography.

5. Ship of Theseus – 2012

This film, directed by Anand Gandhi, examines issues of identity, justice, beauty, meaning, and death. The title of the film alludes to Theseus’ conundrum of whether a thing can be repaired by changing all of its components while remaining the same old object.

Aida Al-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi, and Sohum Shah starred in the film, which was released in 2013. The film was named Best Feature Film of the Year at the National Film Awards.

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