It is often said that comedy is the tough job. One can easily make people cry but it takes a wise man to create laughter on screen. Bollywood has had more than its fair share of rib-tickling attempts over time. Comedy is only second to romance in terms of preference and sheer output. Comedy films often prove successful and are loved by audiences.
Many directors have ventured into this genre and have given some timeless comedies. With the laugh riot and complete entertainment, such films have made their mark in the crowd of action and romantic films. Over the years, the type of comedy that is brought up by the filmmakers has changed. From subtle family humour to adult comedy, Hindi films have everything to offer.
Here is a list of 20 best comedy films of Bollywood.
This hilarious film is directed by Jyoti Swarup and is based on a Bengali story Pasher Bari. Padosan is acclaimed for the brilliant comic performances. Mahmood’s portrayal of South Indian music teacher and Kishore Kumar’s act as the theatre director was acclaimed and were touted as their best performances. The music of the film by R.D. Burman is the highpoint of the film.
Gol Maal (1979)
Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the pioneer of the middle cinema of India, directed this film. Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt’s amazing screen presence and perfect timing won the hearts of viewers and critics. It is a subtle love story involving middle-class people and the kind of comedy also is light-hearted and simple.
With Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma in the lead roles, this is of the best film involving the element of ‘comedy of errors’. Both the actors have played a double role in this. The destiny plays a main role and brings all characters together where the drama and fun begins. Gulzar has directed this brilliantly crafted film which is even today stands unmatched.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
In the earlier times, not many lead actors indulged in comic roles and mainly focused on action and romantic genres instead. However, in this Hrishikesh Mukherjee masterpiece, four leading stars of that time brilliantly pulled off comedic acts. Chupke Chupke is still loved for the Botany professor act by Amitabh and Dharmendra’s portrayal of Hindi speaking driver. The film also starred Sharmila Tagore and Jaya Bachchan in the female lead.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
This film went on to become a cult classic of Bollywood. The characters Amar, Prem, Crime Master Gogo and Teja became iconic. The ensemble cast included Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Paresh Rawan, Shakti Kapoor, Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor. The hilarious dialogues from the film are remembered by many, even today. This film is in the list of all-time favourites of Bollywood and has an amazing recall value.
Jane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
This Kundan Shah’s directorial venture speaks on social issues like corruption in a comic and satirical manner. Starring the stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Pankaj Kapoor and Satish Shah, the film has become a classic and considered timeless for its relatable and relevant content.
One of David Dhawan’s most successful ventures, Judwaa starred Salman Khan in double role. This hilarious slapstick comedy is loved by everyone. The songs composed by Anu Malik added a lot to the entertainment value of the film.
Dulhe Raja (1998)
Dulhe Raja, directed by Harmesh Malhotra, starred Govinda in the lead. Raveena Tandon played the female lead and effortlessly matched Govinda’s ease and strong screen presence. The most popular song from the film Akhiyon Se Goli Maare makes everyone groove even today.
Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999)
Marking David Dhawan’s another unforgettable comedies, this film starred Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Karishma Kapoor and Kader Khan in the lead. The film is a roller coaster ride of fun which is acclaimed for amazing performances by the stars. Govinda’s act in this film is considered to be one of his bests.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)
Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra featured in this romantic comedy directed by David Dhawan. This is a perfect mass entertainer with some hilarious dialogues, stunning looks of the actors, chartbuster music and beautiful locales. The director was applauded for making an escapist story much entertaining and believable.
Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
Sanjay Dutt as Munnabhai is probably the best role of the actor in his entire career. Rajkumar Hirani, in his debut venture hit a masterstroke and crafted this brilliant comedy drama. There are numerable moments in the film which make it memorable. The film is a laugh riot with every single member in the cast performing brilliantly. But what stays with you is the remarkable act of Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi who have made the supporting roles look like the lead role.
Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006)
This sequel of Munnabhai MBBS directed by Rajkumar Hirani is fierce, funny and path-breaking at the same time. Through this enjoyable ride, the director comments on several important issues and presents Gandhism in a different version as Gandhigiri. It is not a fall-from-the-chair comedy but has moments which make you laugh and think as well.
Chachi 420 (1997)
This film makes it into this list for Kamal Haasan’s terrific performance in cross-dressed avatar. With a funny plot and amazing execution, the film becomes an out-and-out entertainer. Outstanding acts of supporting cast including Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal is a plus point of the film which takes it to a new high.
This is one of the very few Bollywood films which fall under the category of adult comedies. The film is remembered for the double-meaning dialogues and funny plot. With a twist of thriller, Masti became a great entertainer.
Best remembered for Salman Khan and Govinda’s bromance, Partner also starred Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta as female leads. The Classic touch of David Dhawan made this film a complete laugh riot. Adding to it was peppy music and awesomely choreographed songs.
This Anees Bazmi film had a solid star-cast including Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Feroz Khan, Paresh Rawal and Mallika Sherawat. It was loved for being a perfect family-entertainer. What stole the show was Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar’s unbelievable performances in the film.
Hera Pheri (2000)
Hera Pheri needs no introduction, though it is a remake of a Malayalam movie. To call this one a rib-tickling and hilarious film would be an understatement. Paresh Rawal’s brilliant performance became the highlight of this film.
All The Best (2009)
This is an easy-to-digest, very obvious-hilarious type of movie. Don’t think too much and relish in all the unexpected twists and turns when you watch this one. All the actors have done complete justice to the script. Sanjay Dutt even got the award for the best comic role.
No Entry (2005)
This probably is the only film which made husbands cheating on their wives look hysterically funny. This crazy film starred an ensemble cast among whom Salman Kha, Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu gave the best performances and became the highlights of the film.
This film directed by Priyadarshan is another beautiful example of comedy of errors. Akshay Khanna, Rimi Sen and Aftab Shivdasani starred in the lead roles. The execution of the plot and performances by big actors like Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor, Shoma Anand and Rajpal Yadav have made this film worth mentioning in this list.