A lot of people complaining about the rampant mediocrity of Hindi cinema. While regional industries churn out masterpieces from time to time, Bollywood films still resort to amateur-ish formulaic storytelling. I, myself, have been disappointed by the deteriorating standard of these films. But then, there are also some highly underrated Hindi films that restore my faith in Indian cinema.

Here’s the thing about underrated Hindi films. You have probably never heard of them because the makers didn’t blow their marketing budget out of proportion. Such films release quietly and then, quickly slip away from public memory. Even if you happen to chance upon them, you think they are not worth your time. Until someone urges you to watch them. And then your mind is blown. You regret not watching the film earlier.

Here are a few underrated Hindi films that deserve your attention: