Unveiling the Overrated and Underrated Indian Films of 2023

Navigating entertainment cinematic peaks and valleys, a reflective glimpse into 2023's overrated blockbusters and underrated hidden gems.

By Ruchita Kishan Ushakola
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In the world of cinema, some films are overhyped, while others fail to receive the appreciation they truly deserve. As we bid adieu to 2023, let's take a deep dive into the highs and lows of the Indian film industry. Join us on a journey through the overrated and underrated gems that graced the silver screen this year, according to audience perspectives.


Overrated: The Hype That Didn’t Quite Match the Haul

1. Tiger 3:

Despite the resounding buzz surrounding 'Tiger 3,' featuring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, the film fell short of delivering the narrative punch anticipated, leaving audiences questioning the extent of its roar.


Tiger 3 (2023) - Movie | Reviews, Cast & Release Date - BookMyShow

2. Gadar 2

While 'Animal' promised violence and intensity, some viewers found the hype around its brutality to be overdone, overshadowing the film's other aspects and creating a discord between expectations and reality.


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3. Animal

While 'Animal' promised violence and intensity, some viewers found the hype around its brutality to be overdone, overshadowing the film's other aspects and creating a discord between expectations and reality.


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Underrated: Hidden Treasures Waiting to Be Unearthed



Tucked away from the glamour, 'BHEED' emerged as an unsung hero, resonating with audiences through nuanced storytelling, stellar performances, and thought-provoking themes that deserved more recognition.

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In the vibrant world of Tamil cinema, 'CHITHHA' quietly unfolded its narrative, addressing the emotional depth of a girl child's harassment and kidnapping. Despite its authenticity, the film did not garner the widespread attention it rightfully deserved.


Chithha' movie review: Siddharth stars in a painfully-relevant and  poignantly-brilliant drama - The Hindu

3. Zwigato

Starring Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami, 'Zwigato' presented a relentless tale of life's challenges. Critically acclaimed but lacking in box office success, the film's performance and heart-touching storyline went unnoticed by many.

Zwigato Review: Delivers a critical message but at a plodding pace | Zwigato  Movie Review

4. Ghoomer

Despite Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher delivering powerful performances in 'Ghoomer,' the poignant and powerful tale of human resilience failed to gain the attention it deserved among the audience.

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5. Apurva

An underrated gem, 'Apurva' went under the radar despite being a good watch with commendable performances. It deserves more recognition for its contribution to meaningful storytelling.

Apurva' film review: Sincere survival drama gets limited to genre thrills-  The New Indian Express

6. Dhoomam

'Dhoomam,' a Malayalam film, suffered from poor ratings on IMDB despite being well-made, written, and addressing topical issues. The film's potential was overlooked by a larger audience.

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7. Kathal

A sincerely made low-budget movie touching on burning issues like gender discrimination and corruption, 'Kathal' went unnoticed despite its impactful storytelling and strong performances.

KATHAL' REVIEW | 19 May, 2023 – Film Information

8. Dhak Dhak

A must-watch for travel enthusiasts, 'Dhak Dhak' provided a delightful experience with powerful performances from four women. Unfortunately, the film did not attract the audience it deserved.

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9. Jaane Jaan

This underrated gem slipped under the radar without garnering much attention, highlighting the extensive promotions and curation done by PR teams for overrated films.

And the list of underrated films goes on. It's crucial to appreciate these message-oriented, true-event-based, and motivating films as much as we celebrate the entertaining ones. Other numerous films, including Sam Bahadur, Satyaprem Ki Katha, 12th Fail, Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, etc have managed to secure a decent box office performance. However, these cinematic endeavours fell short of reaching the widespread acclaim they truly deserved. The applause that should have echoed for these films did not resonate as robustly with the audience, hinting at a gap between box office figures and the recognition these movies rightfully earned.

As the film industry grapples with ever-changing dynamics, the tension between audience preferences and commercial pressures becomes more pronounced. While star-studded spectacles attract the limelight, recognizing the unsung heroes that contribute to the artistic essence of Indian cinema is essential.

In the grand tapestry of Indian cinema, 2023’s overrated and underrated films serve as brushstrokes, each contributing to the broader canvas of creative expression. The dichotomy between box office success and critical acclaim underscores the need to strike a harmonious balance between creating commercially successful ventures and nurturing cinematic artistry.

As we bid farewell to 2023, let's anticipate the untold stories, undiscovered talents, and unforeseen narratives that will shape the landscape of Indian cinema in the years to come. In this ever-evolving world of storytelling, let's continue to appreciate and celebrate the diverse narratives that make the Indian film industry a vibrant and dynamic tapestry. The cinematic journey continues, filled with surprises, challenges, and the undying spirit of storytelling.


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