Top 10 Comedy Movies in Bollywood
Since the beginning of Indian cinema's century-long existence, comedies have played a crucial role in the industry. These movies have taken on several forms over the years, including slapstick, situational comedy, farce, satire, and dark comedies. Bollywood has expanded the range of comic genres to this point. While comedy has changed over time, it has largely remained the same throughout Bollywood history in a way.
Comedy movies are masters at making audiences laugh, whether it be with situational comedies like Chupke Chupke (1975) or carefree comedies like 102 Not Out (2018). However, comedy will undoubtedly need to alter as moviegoers' preferences and viewpoints shift. Therefore, we present to you the best 10 comedies made by Bollywood throughout the years.
1. Chup Chup Ke
The plot revolves around Jeetu, played by Shahid Kapoor, the son of retired teacher Jaidev Prasad, who is heavily indebted following numerous unsuccessful business endeavors. This leads him to call off his engagement and attempt suicide by drowning so that his father could get the insurance and pay back all the debts.
When two fishermen, Gundya and Bundya, played by Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav, respectively, accidentally save him as Jeetu gets caught in their net, his plan backfires. Because of the trauma, Jeetu doesn't speak much, giving the fisherman the impression that he is deaf and mute. This results in a comedy of errors, which makes it quite entertaining to watch.
Chup Chup Ke received mixed reviews from the critics, some calling it Priyadrashan's finest effort, while some complained about the lack of chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the general audience unanimously praised the film. The movie garnered 25.50 crore INR at the box office making it a clear hit.
2. Phir Hera Pheri
The second installment of the Hera Peri franchise, Phir Hera Pheri, revolves around the same three characters as its prequel, Raju Shyam and Babu bhaiya, played by Akshay Kumar Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal, respectively. When Hera Pheri came to an end, the three were incredibly wealthy.
What transpires when they get wealthy is described in Phir Hera Pheri. Raju, despite all his riches, gets lured into a scam when a girl posing as a bank manager brings to him a scheme to double his money, which also convinces Shyam and Babu Rao to go along with the plan. Raju initially secures a loan of 30 lakh rupees from Shyam and Babu Bhaiya and then raises an additional 50 lakh rupees by secretly selling their property.
To the required one crore deposit, which Anuradha has pledged to double, he persuades a small-time criminal named Pappu to contribute the remaining 20 lakhs. After three weeks, they realize it was all a hoax, but it's too late; they are now left destitute. This leads to a classic tale of cat and mouse, with many new characters coming in as the story proceeds.
Phir Hera Pheri garnered positive reviews from everyone, from critics to a general audience. Movie collected a total of 69.75 crore INR making it a box office blockbuster. Since its release, the movie's stature has only increased with new audiences watching this gem, giving it a proper cult status.
The tale of a group of outcasts whose misunderstandings about one another's backgrounds result in a sequence of chaotic yet amusing events. Aftab and Rimi portray Nandu and Anjali, two strangers who must pose as a married couple to get housing. Radheshyam Tiwari, played by Paresh Rawal, runs a successful but down-to-earth business that bears his wife Anjali's name. Jeetu is a young man, played by Akshaye Khanna, establishing a new enterprise selling electrical goods.
Things get complicated when Anjali goes to Radheshyam's house searching for a job and meets Jeetu, who falls in love with her and thinks she is Radheshyam's daughter. Radheshyam thinks his wife is having an affair with Jeetu, while his wife thinks he's seeing Anjali. Things swiftly get out of hand when Tejabhai's daughter falls in love with a man posing as Radheshyam's son.
The movie was very well received by both the critics and the audience. The movie garnered over 20 crore at the box office making it a sure shot hit. It is truly one of those films that can be seen repeatedly and still provide the same degree of enjoyment.
4. Andaz Apna Apna
In a small town, there is a barber named Murli Manohar. He wants Amar, played by Amir khan, to take over the family business. Amar, however, is a daydreamer and a slacker who fantasizes about becoming famous and wealthy in Bollywood movies. Amar decides to go and try his luck after learning that a wealthy heiress named Raveena is looking for a man for her wedding.
He runs into Prem, played by Salman Khan, another slacker who is the offspring of a tailor named Bankeylal Bhopali, on the way there. Prem is also traveling to meet Raveena and make an effort to win her over to being married to him. When they learn that they are both vying for Raveena, they decide to outdo one another.
Uncertain of the man she will wed, Raveena begs Karisma, her secretary, to pose as her while she goes by her real name. What transpires next is utter chaos and comedy of errors. Contrary to everyone's hopes, the movie only did relatively well at the box office.
It could recoup its production costs primarily thanks to business from major cities, but it did not end up being a huge hit. It could earn only 8.18 crores INR. Nevertheless, it acquired a following over time and has become a big part of Bollywood pop culture.
5. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
Murli Prasad Sharma, often known as "Munna Bhai," is the film's main character and is played by Sanjay Dutt. He operates an extortion ring on the streets of Mumbai. He is assisted by Circuit, his devoted henchman, who is portrayed by Arshad Warsi and handles the majority of his duties. Every year, Munna's group transforms his hiding place into a functioning hospital to deceive his parents, who come to visit and think their son has become a legitimate doctor.
To maintain the ruse, Munna's thugs alternately play patients, staff members, and doctors. When a doctor named Asthana, played by Boman Irani, exposes Munna's lies and damages his father's reputation, Munna enrolls in a medical institution. When Munna discovers that Asthana is the college's dean, he gets into problems and vows retaliation.
Additionally, he begins dating Suman, a house doctor who is Asthana's child but of whom he is unaware. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. was universally praised by critics and viewers, making it a major success. At the box office, it brought in more than 35 crore INR, making it a box office hit. One of the most well-liked comedies in Bollywood, its popularity has only grown with time.
6. Hera Pheri
An oddball trio-Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, played by Paresh Rawal; Raju, an intelligent and cunning hooligan, and Shyam, a plain and struggling pauper-played by Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty, respectively-are the center of the story. Raju and Shyam reside in a room that their friend Babu Rao owns.
All three of the buddies are in desperate need of enormous money. Raju needs money to send money to his mother, Babu Rao needs money to pay off debts his father accumulated, and Shyam needs money to repay his local buddy Kharak Singh for helping him swiftly plan a wedding. Shyam is the only one of them to land a job, but he gives it up for Anu, a woman who is having a lot of problems (and with whom he eventually develops a hate-to-love relationship).
A criminal takes the granddaughter of wealthy Devi Prasad hostage one day by the name of Kabira. But Raju discovers the solution to all of their financial issues when he accidentally contacts Babu Rao's phone number to demand the ransom. He advises that they play a game and engage in some "hera pheri," and this is when problems begin.
The movie debuted to mixed reviews, however, several praised Kumar and Rawal's roles in particular. The film could manage only become a moderate success earning 17.8 crores INR. The movie became a cult favorite and is now regarded as one of the greatest Hindi comedies ever produced. The movie is praised for its realistic portrayal of lower middle-class families' financial difficulties in India, situational humor, and language.
7. Khosla Ka Ghosla
A retired middle-class guy named Kamal Kishore Khosla, played by Anupam Kher, resides in Delhi with his wife, daughter, and two kids. His older son, software engineer Chiraunjilal, has little interest in family matters and plans to move to the US, while Balwant, although upbeat, receives little attention from his father.
Sharma invested his entire life's money in purchasing a site outside of Delhi, but on the day of their move, they discovered that Khurana Builders had taken their land overnight night. Khurana has resources beyond his wildest dreams, and despite Sharma showing him all the legal documentation and even approaching the police, desperate methods result in Sharma being imprisoned. Sharma now has no more faith and accepts his fate.
To counter Khurana in his coin and reclaim what is rightfully theirs, Chiraunjilal comes up with a plan with the help of his visa agent and Khurana's betrayed former business partner Asif Iqbal, theatre actress girlfriend Meghna, and her troupe. Chiraunjilal has finally come to understand the value of his father.
Upon its premiere, Khosla Ka Ghosla received a lot of positive reviews. It was praised for having a delightfully creative plot, excellent performances, a wonderful score, and such sharp editing that there is never a dull moment. Many critics believe that Khosla Ka Ghosla is one of Banerjee's best movies. The movie made over 6.3 crore Indian rupees.
Two sets of identical twins who have split apart at birth are the subject of the movie, which follows how their lives spiral out of control when they reunite as adults. With their twin kids, whom they both refer to as Ashok, Raj Tilak, portrayed by Utpal Dutt, and his wife, played by Shammi, are traveling. Mr. Tilak says that since they are alike in appearance, they need to be termed alike. By chance, they end up adopting another set of twins, whom they both name Bahadur.
After a tragic tragedy splits the family in half, each parent is left with one twin child. Several years later, Bahadur (Deven Verma) is married to Prema (Aruna Irani), and Ashok (Sanjeev Kumar) is wed to Sudha (Moushumi Chatterjee). Together they live with Tanu, played by Deepti Naval, who is Sudha's younger sister.
The other Ashok, a fan of detective novels, and Bahadur, a bhang enthusiast, enter their lives. The same city is now home to two Bahadurs and two Ashok's. At first, the movie was a failure, but as it gained popularity, it was recognized as one of the best comedies in Bollywood.
9. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
The two buddies Vinod and Sudhir, who Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani portray, strive to launch their photo studio in this movie. Even though business is extremely slow, prospects appear promising when Shobha, the editor of the publication "Khabardaar," contacts them. The task of spying on and documenting the shady deals between Police commissioner D'Mello, played by Satish Shah, and property builder Tarneja, played by Pankaj Kapoor, is given to the two by Shobha after she gives them a speech about morality and honesty.
While on a mission, the two encounter bribery and corruption to win the bid to construct a flyover. D'Mello, Tarneja, and his foe Ahuja are the primary players. Sudhir and Vinod smell murder while spying on the sinister three, but they are unsure of the identity of the murderer. They succeed in getting the body back as evidence, but then they misplace it.
What happens next, and pretty much the entire rest of the film, is a protracted chase involving both the good folks and the evil guys chasing the corpse. A recent comment by Indian Express stated that the movie's high recall value, even after 37 years, is because of its excellent satirical depiction of the fundamental, timeless human condition: supreme self-interest versus some moral or ethical anchor.
Although the movie wasn't immediately successful at the box office when it was released, it was eventually regarded as a cult classic. The setting of India in the early 1980s added to the portrayal's potency. On November 2, 2012, a print of the movie that had been digitally restored was made available in a few theatres. The media and discriminating moviegoers welcomed the film's premiere with enthusiasm.
10. Gol Maal
Young chartered accountant Ram Prasad, portrayed by Amol Palekar, and his sister Ratna are orphans living in Bombay. One morning, Dr. Kedar, an old family friend, comes to see him and tells him of a very lucrative job being advertised by Bhavani Shankar, played by Utpal Dutt, the head of Urmila Trading Corporation and also a close friend of Dr. Kedar's. Bhavani hires Ram Prasad Dashrath Prasad Sharma despite his mustache, greasy hair, and (short) kurta-pajama.
Ram Prasad tells Bhavani Shankar that his mother is ill to gain time off work because Bhavani Shankar is a little nut and believes that young people should only be interested in their jobs. Naturally, Bhavani attends the same hockey exam and recognizes Ram Prasad.
When confronted at work, Ram Prasad claims that he has a twin who is worthless, westernized, and dresses loudly. It turns out that the twin is musical, so Bhavani offers to hire him to teach music to his daughter in an effort to redeem him. Chaos reigns supreme in what happens next.