Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top 11 Bollywood Comedy Movies to watch before you die!

Comedy is a much needed ingredient in our hectic lives today. It relaxes us, makes us laugh and forget about our worries if only for a short time.

Today, I will share my list of the "Top 11 Bollywood Comedy Movies" that everyone should watch before they die! Isn't this look too dramatic a statement to make! But wait till you read about the movies I have listed. You'll see why I love them so much and think that they are a must-watch!

The list is sorted in ascending order based on the release date of the movies.

1) Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)


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A crisp story with a perfect balance of emotional play and epic comedy timing, memorable performances by Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Madhubala and evergreen hit songs that still make us want to sing along and shake to their tunes, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi came in 1958 and lived upto its pre-release motto "It will come to you like a gust of FRESH BREEZE"!

With everything to make it a memorable watch, the movie is still a superhit in the hearts of movie buffs and continues to charm us even after decades of its release!

Three brothers, Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Anoop Kumar (who also happen to be brothers in real life) run a garage. The eldest brother, Ashok Kumar, hates women and wants his brothers to have no association with them. But all this changes when Madhubala brings her car for repair to their garage and runs into Kishore Kumar who falls in love with her!

2) Padosan (1968)

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A young man (Sunil Dutt) falls in love with his new neighbour (Saira Banu) and hatches a scheme with his friends to woo her. Knowing her love for music, he takes the help of his friend (Kishore Kumar) who has a melodious voice to sing while he lip syncs, hoping to impress her and in turn, fall in love with him. However, his faces a challenge when the neighbour's music teacher (Mehmood) who also happens to be in love with her, tries his best to woo her instead!

A well crafted and executed story full of comedy, social lessons, heartfelt emotional play and a sweet romance with the heartwarming promise of true friendship, Padosan released in 1968 and was an immediate hit. With super hit songs that are still a favourite and memorable acting by Mehmood as the funny, besotted and yet very talented South Indian music teacher, Saira Banu as the very modern and heart stopping beautiful neighbour in love with music, Sunil Dutt as the ideal young man who respects his elders, follows the four stages of life, is sweet and very loyal but who sucks at singing and desperately wants to win the love of his beautiful neighbour, Kishore Kumar as the loyal friend, guru and owner of a drama party who sportingly steps in to help his friend win the love of the woman of his dreams and last but the least, Om Prakash who plays Sunil Dutt's middle age Uncle still in love with the idea of marrying just eighteen turned women, Padosan has everything to make us laugh, enjoy and then come back again to re-watch this evergreen movie!

3) Buddha Mil Gaya (1971)

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Directed by the Master of Comedy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Buddha Mil Gaya was a movie quite different from the other comedy movies of the time. It was both comedy and thriller and had a middle age character (Om Prakash) as the main hero.

Armed with a beautifully woven mystery and perfectly timed comedy, Buddha Mil Gaya witnessed the impeccable and noteworthy performances by Om Prakash who plays the role of the "Buddha" (old man) who has a reward on his head for the person who finds him, Deven Verma and Navin Nischol who play the role of two unemployed freinds struggling to live in the big city of Mumbai. The songs "Raat Kali Ek khwab Mai Ayi", "Bhali Bhali Si Ek Surat" and the short song which played a very crucial role in the movie, "Aayo Kahan Se Ghanshyam" became instant hits and are still popular among the music lovers.

Two struggling friends, Deven Verma and Navin Nischol are on the lookout of an opportunity which will pull them out of the deep pit of poverty they are in. Months behind on their rent, running from their strict landlady (Lalita Pawar), doing small jobs to afford their meager meals, there life takes a turn when they read about a missing person (Om Prakash) and a reward which will be paid to anyone who brings any news about this missing man before a certain date but the discovery of this missing man brings with it lots of danger, mystery, murders and soon both these friends are neck deep in a criminal conspiracy with the missing man at the center of it!


4) Bawarchi (1972)

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Another memorable superhit comedy movie from the great Director, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Bawarchi told the story of a family riddled with the problems faced by the general Indian middle class like money problems, jealousy, social and character differences, communication gaps, job frustrations, the ever increasing yearning for a good cook who works diligently, throws no tantrums and charges money within the limits of the  paying power of the middle class etc. 
Faced with the huge challenge of finding a Bawarchi (cook) who would stay this time (no one stayed with this family for long), cook decent meals, throw no tantrums and not ask for super high salary, there problem is solved when a mysterious and unknown cook (Rajesh Khanna) applies for the job and asks for such low salary that they can't believe their ears. Soon their new cook makes a place in their hearts and with them also the hearts of the viewers while he not only cooks great meals but also changes this family's outlook to life and to each other completely!
The mystery of the cook when it is revealed at the very end left me in tears. A movie with a message, this one is full of entertainment and was such a big hit that many movies have been made based on it!



 5) Chupke Chupke (1975)

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Another epic movie from Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chupke Chupke had the viewers laughing with tears in their eyes and thoroughly entertained right till the end. Released in 1975, this one again made a place in the hearts of the people with its simplicity and yet a great story proving that a good film doesn't require huge budgets and flashy locales.

A botany professor falls in love and marries his sweetheart but then becomes self conscious from all the praise and respect he hears and sees from his wife about her brother-in-law. Determined to prove that he is also worthy of her praise and just as good as her infallible brother-in-law, he hatches a plan to play a prank on the said brother-in-law and prove to his wife that even her God like brother-in-law who, according to her, can smell a fraud from miles away is still human and capable of making mistakes.

Full of melodious songs, praiseworthy acting from all actors like Om Prakash who plays the role of the infallible brother-in-law, Dharmendra who is the self conscious botany professor, Sharmila Tagore who is Dharmendra wife and the other characters played by Amitabh Bachchan, Asrani, David Abraham etc., simple locales, a normal family setting but a tight knit story with excellent comedy timing makes this movie a must watch and guaranteed to have you watching it again and again!

6) Golmaal (1979)


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Golmaal is another comedy masterpiece that has inspired so many movies in Bollywood. A film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee who, no doubt about it, is the master of making comedy movies, Golmaal had a strict and eccentric rich old man, Bhavani Shankar who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without character and who also abhors all play activities for youngsters who he believes should concentrate on only work; and Ram Prasad, a recent college graduate who is in need of a job. He is told that if he changes his appearance and behaves like he doesn't know anything apart from his field of work then he will surely get a high paying job with the rich Bhavani Shankar. Ram does get the job but with his lies is soon forced to tell more lies finally getting entangled in a web of lies of his own making.

Rib tickling, full of laughter inducing moments with noteworthy performances by Utpal Dutt who plays the eccentric old man, Amol Palekar who plays Ram Prasad and others like Deven Verma, Bindiya Goswami, Shubha Khote, Dina Pathak, David Abraham etc., a strong plot, expert direction, catchy dialogues and soulful sings like "Aanewala pal", Golmaal is a strong contender on the list of best Bollywood Comedy movies.

7) Angoor (1982)

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Angoor, directed by Gulzar and based on Shakespeare famous play "A Comedy of Errors" released in 1982 and even after decades continues to win the hearts of comedy lovers. Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma play dual roles and it is by destiny that they cross paths with their twins and then confusion reigns leading to drama, comedy, emotional play and memorable dialogues.

The story is again expertly plotted to give it an Indian touch, admirably executed and beautifully taken forward by the actors who bring life to the characters in this movie. The dialogues are catchy, the emotions heartfelt, the comedy genuine and the confusion so real that it feels like everything is happening to us. The settings, people and situations are so common but still they leave a deep impression and have made this movie a memorable one.

8) Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983)


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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is the story of two very talented and yet unsuccessful photographers who get embroiled in a murder when they come across the shady side of real estate. Determined to reveal the corrupt people who are both highly placed in the system and also very dangerous, these two are met with many difficulties and life threatening situations.

Although a dark satire on the rampant corruption in India be it politics or business, this movie successfully imparted the message the director wanted to send out while also entertaining the viewers. Full of comic scenarios, catchy dialogues and a story that not only makes us laugh but also thrills us with a promise of danger, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron was not a success on release but since then has gained fame and become a cult classic with no loss in its relevance. The popularity is only growing and according to the Indian Express, the film's high recall value even after 27 years, is due to "its superb satirical depiction of the essential, timeless, human condition: supreme self-interest versus some moral/ethical anchor. What made the depiction particularly powerful was its setting: India of the early '80s".

A definite must watch with superb acting from Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Shah, Neena Gupta etc., this movie is guaranteed to make you a fan!

9)Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

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Andaz Apna Apna is the story of two men who only day dream. One dreams of becoming a famous Bollywood actor and another dreams of getting rich. When they hear of a rich heiress who is looking for a groom, they decide to win her love resulting is comic situations, confusion, danger and finally a happily-ever-after!

This movie released in 1994 and was not an immediate success. But over the years it has gained popularity and come to be considered a cult film. The story is expertly conceived and executed, the songs are melodious, the comedy expertly timed, the acting award worthy and the dialogues both catchy and memorable.

Starring Salman Khan and Aamir Khan as the day dreamers and Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon as the secretary and the heiress, the movie also saw Paresh Rawal in a double role and Shakti Kapoor as the villain called Crime Master Gogo. Shakti Kapoor's performance and his role became so famous that it is still remembered by the people whenever they think of his best performances.

If you haven't watched and fell in love with these characters then you have missed a lot!

10) Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003)

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Munna Bhai M.B.B.S was a movie unlike any other ever made. It told the story of a 'Bhai' or crook who pretends to be a Doctor to his parents who live in another city but when his pretense is revealed and his sees that he has hurt his parents, he decides to become a real doctor so that his parents can be proud of him. The movie chronicles his adventures in the medical school where he sees so much injustice and bias and then comes up with his own cure to them much to the chagrin of the management! He is soon popular and loved not only by the patients but also by the Doctors.

The movie brought the Director, RajKumar Hirani and Producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra instant fame and was a super duper hit, winning many awards including the National Award for the Best Hindi Feature Film in 2003. Sanjay Dutt played Munna Bhai and came to be recognized by his screen name everywhere, Arshad Warsi as Circuit, Munna Bhai's left hand man gained so much popularity that his almost drowned acting career got a shoot with directors lining his door to sign him. Boman Irani also became immortalized in his character of Dr. Asthana, the Dean of the Medical School and also the man who had revealed Munna Bhai's true face to his parents and then humiliated them.


11) Khosla Ka Ghosla (2206)
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Khosla Ka Ghosla released in 2006 and though, made on a small budget was so successful that it again proved that an engaging story and genuine acting were the only things needed to make a movie successful!

The movie tells the story of a middle class man who has saved money his whole life to buy his own land and build a house. But when he does buy it, it is usurped illegally by a prominent builder leaving this simple man helpless to do anything because the builder is not only rich and prominent but also very dangerous. Depressed and unhappy, he stays down but his son decides to exact revenge from this builder and hatches a plan to dupe him and give him a taste of his own medicine. He with his friends, prank this businessman and get the money his father spent on the land back.

This movie won the National Award for the Best Hindi Feature Film in 2006 and saw the award worthy performances by Anupam Kher as the harassed and helpless middle class Indian working man and Boman Irani as the cunning and conniving businessman.


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The above are some of the memorable comedy movies that everyone must watch before they die. Showing varying facets of life and people, they are all very Indian and very common but still extraordinary in their presentation and in the way they touch the viewers hearts.

Have you watched these movies? What do you think of them? Do share your thought with me in the comments.

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