There is no right time to watch light-hearted comedy films alongside a bag of popcorn and other scrumptious munchies. The genre is the perfect way to unwind, uplift our moods and brighten our day. The last decade – 2010-2020 – has witnessed the release of a bevy of comedy thrillers combined with bits of romance, family-related subjects and a tinge of action. While yesteryear classics hold a place of their own in the hearts of audiences, film-makers have surely created an impact by churning out unique and flavourful comedies in the past 10 years – some of which have gone on to becoming box office hits. From Delhi Belly to Aamir Khan’s PK, here is a lowdown of the top 10 Hindi comedy films that have stayed with us and set the benchmark high for the ones to follow.
Sajid Khan knocked it out of the park as he donned the director’s hat for the first installment of the comedy franchise. The series stars Akshay Kumar and Ritesh Deshmukh in the lead, with Boman Irani and Chunkey Pandey in supporting roles as Batuk Patel and Aakhri Pasta, respectively. The film proved to be a blockbuster, both for its epic humour and storyline. Akshay essays Aarush, an unlucky man who carries his bad luck wherever he goes. His desperation to find love only makes his life more miserable as he ends up in complicated situations time and again. Riteish, however, went on to receive an IIFA Award for the Best Performance in a Comic Role.
Delhi Belly (2011)
The flick was as funny as its title. The drama-action film was lauded for its perfect comic timing by critics and audiences alike. Leading the Abhiney Deo-helmed project was Aamir alongside Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film left a great impact on viewers, entering the INR100 crore club weeks into its release in cinemas. The terrific trio stars as Tashi, Nitin and Arup, three strugglers who are also roommates and unknowingly become the target of a powerful gangster when they misplace his expensive diamonds. Hilarious action stints made the movie all the more memorable!
Chennai Express (2013)
When two big stars come together, everyone knows the result! The same was the case with the Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer directed by Rohit. The former played Rahul Mithaiwala, a man who accidentally boards a train and journeys from Mumbai to Rameswaram, falling in love with the daughter of a local don, essayed by the Piku star. The highly-entertaining comedy broke several box office records in India and overseas, becoming the quickest film to collect INR1 domestically. It also surpassed 2009’s 3 Idiots to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of its time.
The year saw a handful of comedy films battling it out at the box office. The Rich Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal and Varun Sharma project was filled with witty dialogues that had us falling off our seats! The four men, who played Hunny, Choocha, Lali and Zafar, are on a quest to make easy money and approach the notorious Bholi (Richa) to invest in their plan. But when they lose her money, they must come up with a plan or face the consequences! What happens next? For those who have watched it, we know we’ve made you want to go for it again. And for those who still haven’t, you are missing out majorly!
The movie that has it heart and mind at the right place. It was the film that gave Kangana Ranaut the title of Bollywood’s reigning Queen. She starred opposite Rajkumar Rao, where he played the role of a lover-turned-enemy and back to being a lover again. The Vikas-Bahl helmed movie sees Rani (Kangana) all ready for marriage until it gets called off at the very last minute by Vijay (Rajkummar). Rani's dream of going to Paris on her honeymoon is ruined. She then heads off to her honeymoon on her own, getting out of her comfort zone and rediscovering herself!
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015)
Hahaha – sorry but we cannot hold back our laughter every time this film comes to our mind! The Abbas Mustan film starred Kapil Sharma, Varun Sharma, Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Fadnis, Eli Avram and others. The storyline is somewhat unique, filled with comic elements. It narrates the tale of a man who marries thrice in most trying circumstances and also has a girlfriend who he loves. He is torn between the two worlds! Kapil is undoubtedly the king of comedy and this film proves just that.
Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016)
The film hit all the right notes in terms of comedy. The ensemble cast comprising of Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, and Momal Sheikh also did justice to their roles. The rom-com, directed by Mudassar Aziz, centred on a free-spirited bride-to-be from Amritsar, India, who runs away from her wedding ceremony and inadvertently arrives in Lahore, Pakistan. Film critics appreciated the humour in play but condemned the film for its screenplay. Despite mixed reviews the film had a successful run at the box office, with a sequel being released two years after in 2018.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)
It sends out a social message through satire and, who doesn’t love that? Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (is a 2017 Indian was co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey and stars the former opposite Bhumi Pednekar. The movie is a satirical comedy in support of governmental campaigns to improve sanitation conditions in India, with an emphasis on the eradication of open defecation, especially in rural areas. The film was a commercial success, becoming Akshay Kumar's highest-grossing film of the time and entering the INR300 crore club.
Badhaai Ho (2018)
Badhaai Ho is an Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Amit Sharma. It stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri, and Sanya Malhotra, and tells the story of a middle-aged couple who get pregnant much to the disappointment of their adult son. It emerged as the 9th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2018. The film won four awards at the 64th Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards.
Dream Girl (2019)
The film made us laugh till our stomachs hurt! From Ayushmann’s female voice to his dressing, everything was spot on. The recently released project also became one of the actor’s biggest hits of 2019. It has been directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures. In the film, Ayushmann plays a cross-gender actor whose female voice impersonation begets attention from others. Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, and Vijay Raaz feature in supporting roles. Ayushmann made the film a soaring success and there are no two ways to it!