Everyone needs to laugh. Often after a hard day's work, or a difficult week, there's nothing better than spending a few hours in a movie theatre enjoying the latest comedy. If you're in the mood for laughs and are in search of an excellent comedy, then check out this list of the 25 best Hindi comedies of the last 65 years (in no particular order).
1) Andaz Apna Apna
One of the finest comedies of Hindi cinema, directed by Raj Kumar Santosh and starring Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. Though not a huge success when released in 1994, its audience has only grown since. It's a story about two con-men men scheming for the hand of an heiress, eventually having to save her from an evil criminal. Their efforts to woo the heiress fail in very funny ways.
If you have seen the movie, you can’t forget its hilarious characters and funny dialogue, like this one:
Crime Master Gogo : Ye Teja Teja kya hai ye teja teja
Teja Bhai: Teja Main hoon, Mark Idhar hai.
Amir to Karishma: Unkey ek ek sawal hamarey do dod jawab...Sawal Ek Jawab Do. sawal jawab sawal jawab...chupp...
Bread ka badhshah ur amlet ka rajja BAJAJ humara BAJAJJJJJJ !
If you have not seen it, you are seriously missing a classic comedy of Hindi cinema. Grab a DVD and watch it: you won't regret it.
2) Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
This 1983 film was directed by Kundan Shah and stars Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, and man others. It is a a "black comedy" and satire that exposes corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, media, and businesses. Shah won the 1984 Indira Gandhi Award for the best debut film, and Indiatimes Movies ranks it among the "Top 25 Must-See Bollywood Films."
The film centers on the struggle of two young men trying to make a living in the city as photographers, who accidentally stumble on a murder plot. The film's climax takes place when the two main characters, along with a corpse, insert themselves into a production of Mahabhart. Check it out in the video below - it's a sequence you won't forget! Be prepared for a laugh riot.
Fun facts about JBDY: Vidhu Vinod Chopra played Dushasana in the Mahabharata play in the climax of the movie. He was also there as a photographer in the first half of the film, when a bunch of journalists were interviewing Tarneja, played by Pankaj Kapoor.
3) Hera Pheri
Directed by Priyardarshan and starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, and Suniel Shetty. This film is the highpoint of Akshay's career, showing his talent as a comedian. In this hilarious movie, three unemployed men find the answer to their money problems when they receive a call from a kidnapper. However, their scheme goes wrong in the funniest way imaginable. You won't be able to stop laughing from all the funny lines, like these:
Deva re deva, in dono ke lafde mein mujhe kyu fasa ke rakha hain. utha le naa baba.
Mereko nahi re, in dono ko utha le.
Babubhaiya: Kutriya saala, number dekh ke dial kar.
Babubhaiya: Rakh diya phir bhi baat karta hai.
Babubhaiya: Woh to mainmast tel main fry kar ke khhaa gaya.
Babubhaiya: Yahaan devi ka prasad nahin milta.
Fun Fact: this is movie is remake of the Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking made in 1989
4) Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
This classic 1958 comedy has the superb cast of Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar, and Kishore Kumar as well as the beautiful Madhubala. In this film, three woman-hating brothers own and run a garage together and have their lives turned upside down when two of the brothers fall in love with a beautiful heiress whose car needs repairs.The film is filled with hilarious comedic situations and wonderful songs like “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si.”
Fun Facts: Kishore Kumar made the movie hoping it would fail, thus allowing him to avoid paying a huge income tax bill. The film turned out to be the second-highest grossing release of that year.
5) Half Ticket
Directed by Kalidas, this 1962 Bollywood classic stars Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Helen and Pran and is based on the American film You're Never Too Young. In this hysterical comedy, a diamond thief hides his booty on an innocent child, who turns out to be an adult posing as a child in order to buy a half-priced train ticket. This mistake forces the thief to ever-more outlandish schemes to recover his stolen diamonds - a situation that leads to a number of wacky misadventures.
6) Chasme Buddoor
This superb romantic comedy is directed by Sai Pranjapee and stars Farooq Sheikh, Ravi Baswani, Rakesh Bedi, and Deepti Navel. The perfect movie for bachelors living with friends. The story centers on two womanizing slackers who fail to woo their new neighbor. When their nerdy roommate succeeds, the two plot to break the lovers up.
Fun Facts: Ali Zafar, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma, Siddharth Narayan and Rishi Kapoor hav esigned on for the remake in the roles played respectively by Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey. David Dhawan will direct the film.
7) Kissi Se Na Kehna
This superb romantic comedy is directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and stars Deepti Navel, Farooq Sheikh, and Utpal Dutt. It centers on a widower trying to find a wife for his son. Disappointed by the westernized women he meets, he vows to find a non-English-speaking, traditional bride for his son. However, his son, Ramesh, has already fallen for an English-speaking doctor. When Ramesh and his bride try to win over his father by pretending she's a simply village girl, hilarity results!
In Mukherjee's classic style, this 1972 film contains no violence or obscenities and focuses on spreading family values and morals through clean comedy. This movie is about a squabbling family with such a bad reputation for mistreating its servants that no one wants to work for them. When the stranger Raghu offers his services, he quickly whips the family into shape, settling arguments and reuniting the family. But is there more to Raghu than meets the eye?
Fun Fact: The movie is inspired by the Bengali Film Galpa Holeo Satyi (1966)