Bollywood's 15 Best Comedy Films For When You're Dying For a Laugh

Bollywood's 15 Best Comedy Films For When You're Dying For a Laugh

Bollywood comedies can go from anywhere to sharply hilarious to totally wacky! Over the years, we have been blessed with plenty of hilarious films from Bollywood. Here are the 15 best comedies so far!
Bollywood's 15 Best Comedy Films For When You're Dying For a Laugh
Still from 3 Idiots

In India, comedy films are considered ‘family films’ and thus, they do remarkably well at the box-office. The extent of this is astounding as, romantic and comedy films are pegged evenly in the popularity charts. While the form and delivery of comedy changes over the years, modern comedy movies in Bollywood are still a huge hit at the box office and on a personal level with its audiences. Here is a look at some of the funniest comedy movies that Bollywood has produced. Get ready to giggle away…

1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Cast: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal

Two slackers (Aamir Khan and Salman Khan) contend to win the heart of an heiress. In a strange turn of events they end up protecting her from crimes. Even though the film performed averagely when it hit the screens, in modern day cinema, it holds the reputation of being a cult classic. The dialogues produced by this movie have been quoted, re-quoted and installed into modern conversation and culture.

2. Gol Maal (1979)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Cast: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote, Buaji Kalindi, Manju Singh, Ratna Sharma, Dina Pathak

Gol Mal is considered to be one of the best comedy films ever made in Bollywood. It involves, a job hunt, a fake moustache, a hockey match amongst many other things. Hrishikesh Mukherjee delivered confusion in the most eloquent way.

3. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan

Chupke Chupke was given to world right after the iconic and legendary movie, Sholay. The film follows a comic story of a husband playing a rather practical prank on his wife’s father, his father in law.

4. Munna Bhai

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh

Munna Bhai is popularly considered to be one of the most iconic characters of modern times. The first instalment of this hit series (Munna Bhai MBBS) spun around an underworld don taking a medical college by storm, the second instalment (Lageraho Munna Bhai) was all about Gandhigiri and its significance in modern society.

5. Hera Pheri (2000)

Director: Priyadarshan

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty, Tabu, Om Puri, Gulshan Grover, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mukesh Khanna

Hera Pheri is a cult classic, and is a Hindi remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking. The film narrates the story of a troublesome trio and how they get involved in a dangerous case of kidnapping.

6. Khubsoorat (1980)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Cast: Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Dina Pathak

Things in a strict home are flipped upside down when a feisty girl comes to stay for a couple of days. The film is known to be one of the best rom-coms ever made and is remembered for Rekha’s comic genius.

7. Padosan (1968)

Director: Jyoti Swaroop

Cast: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood

A simple guy falls in love with his delightful neighbor and is helped by his friends in order to impress the girl who is getting closer to her musical teacher. The singing bouts between Sunil Dutt’s and Mehmood’s characters are legendary. Kishore Kumar is popularly known to be the soul of this comedy.

8. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Director: Kundan Shah

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Kaushik, Neena Gupt

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a film about two friends fending off gangsters, mafia and politicians. The characters are immensely hilarious. The climax of the film features a corny stage recreation of Mahabharata and is possibly the funniest scene in Hindi film history.

9. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Director: Sai Paranjape

Cast: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey

Chashme Buddoor was the perfect college student comedy and was deeply relevant to the early 80s.

10. 3 Idiots (2009)

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani

3 Idiots was the highest grossing film of its time and caused a storm in China too. It’s a roller-coaster ride to say the least, with laugh out loud moments from the beginning right to the end.

11. Chachi 420 (1997)

Director: Kamal Haasan

Cast: Kamal Hassan, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal

Chachi may have been deeply inspired by Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire, but Kamal Hassan brought his best to this exceedingly loveable comedy.

12. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

Director: Satyen Bose

Cast: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar

In this movie, there is a no-woman rules in this household of three unmarried brothers. Things take several wild turns once the younger lads fall in love.

13. Bawarchi (1972)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Badhuri, Asrani

Bawarchi is known to be the family entertainer of Indian cinema.

14. Vicky Donor (2012)

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor

A fertility expert is in search of a fit sperm donor. He incidentally crosses paths with Vicky and persuades him to become one. All’s well, until Vicky gets married and his secret is revealed. To top it off, his wife can’t conceive. You can only imagine the laughs this movie brings with it…

15. Namak Halaal (1982)

Director: Prakash Mehra

Cast: Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan

In an era when CGI was nonexistent, in Hindi cinema, Mr Bachchan and a fly was all it took to produce endless fits of laughter from audiences. This was like a Deewar with Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh, but with some intensely insane comedy.

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