Best bollywood comedy movies to watch before you die

Following is my list of best hindi comedy movies.

1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)  

Directed by : Kundan Shah
Starring       : Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor

It is a dark satire on the rampant corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, news media and business. Kundan Shah won the 1984 Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director for his work. 'Indiatimes Movies' ranks the film amongst the 'Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films'. 
The film had a budget of 7 lac rupees and was not immediately successful at the box office when released, but was eventually regarded as a cult classic.

2. Chashm-E-Buddoor (1981)   

Directed By  : Sai Paranjpye
Starring        : Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Basawani

Chasm-e-buddoor is a romantic comedy film which is about three students who dont go home during summer vacation and how a girl Neha comes in their life.

3. Chupke Chupke (1975)  

Directed By  :  Hrishikesh Mukherjee 
Starring        :  Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagor, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Asrani

This is a remake of Bengali hit Chhadmedeshi. A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends. The music of the film was given by S. D. burman. The movie has number of memorable songs.

4. Angoor (1982)   

Directed by  :  Gulzar     
Starring        :  Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma, Moushumi Chatterjee

The film is based on Shakespeare's play "The comedy of errors". The film is about two pairs of identical twins separated at birth and how the circumstances go haywire when they meet in adulthood.

5. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) 

Directed By   : Satyen Bose
Starring         :  Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar

The Sharma brothers consist of former boxer, Brijmohan; Jagmohan, an Electrical Engineer; and Manmohan, a Mechanic. The brothers operate a garage under the name of 'Mohan Brothers'. Brijmohan had been in love with wealthy Kamini, but she decided to marry someone, and since that day, a heartbroken Brijmohan hated all women and instructed his brothers not to get involved with them.

6. Do Aur Do Paanch (1980) 

Directed By   :  Rakesh Kumar
Starring         :  Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi

Vijay and Sunil are tough but kind-hearted burglars who end up at the same place same time on every nightly venture. As a result they get caught and imprisoned. They hate each other for it. On release Vijay finds out about a plot to kidnap a millionaire's (Seth Mathur) son (Bittu) by a underworld boss popularly known as 'Uncle' who calls all his henchmen 'Bhatijas' (nephew).

7. Half  Ticket (1962) 

Directed By    : Kalidas
Starring          : Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Pran

Vijay (Kishore Kumar) is the good-for-nothing son of a rich industrialist, who becomes bored of his father’s constant railing and the efforts to marry him off, with the intention of getting him “settled” in life. So Vijay walks out from his home and decides to leave for Bombay and start life afresh in the big city, but he doesn’t have enough money to get himself a ticket!Vijay gets a burst of inspiration from a plump child called Munnah, who is waiting in line with his mother (Tun Tun), and decides to pass himself off a child in order to get the epynomous half-ticket.

8. Golmaal (1979)  

Directed By  :  Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Starring         : Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt

Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man, Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. Bhavani Shankar is also against any of his employees indulging in recreation of any kind. When Ramprasad is caught by his boss at a soccer match, he has to invent a twin brother, the clean-shaven Laxman Prasad, to save his job. When Bhavani's daughter falls in love with the clean-shaven Laxman Prasad, and insists on marrying him, and Bhavani insists she should marry Ramprasad, things take a whacky turn.

Golmaal received number of filmfare awards.        
  • Filmfare Best Actor Award - Amol Palekar
  • Filmfare Best Comedian Award- Utpal Dutt
  • Filmfare Best Lyricist Award-Gulzar for the song "Aanewala Pal"
9. Bheja fry (2007) 

Directed By   :  Sagar Ballary
Starring         :  Rajat kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Ranvir Shorey, Milind Soman

Bheja Fry is a 2007 Bollywood film and is a remake of the French movie Le Dîner de cons.
Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor) is a music producer married to Sheetal (Sarika) a singer. Ranjeet and his friends get together every Friday for a party. This is a different kind of party where they invite a talent who is not so talented and ridicule them behind the scenes. They enjoy doing it so much that they don't even mind missing out on family appointments.

10. Malamaal Weekly (2006)   

Directed by  :  Priyadarshan
Starring        :  Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav

The plot of the movie is taken from Waking Ned Devine. The film was rated poorly by most reviewers, but was a surprise hit among cinema-goers. 

The film takes place in the impoverished village of Laholi, where, following past droughts, most of the villagers' possessions are mortgaged to the local Thakurani Karamkali (Sudha Chandran). One of the few entertainments the villagers can afford is the lottery.
Lilaram (Paresh Rawal) is the only educated man in the village, and has the job of intermediary between the lottery organisation and the village, for which he receives only a commission whenever a villager wins; thus he has a relatively good but volatile income. One day he reads the winning lottery numbers and realises that one of the tickets has won the top prize of one crore (about $220,000, a relative fortune in rural India). He devises a plan to obtain the winning ticket and present it to the commission as his own.

Despite the poor reviews, the movie was a surprise success at the box office. It's basically a film for the "aam janta" (common people) would enjoy due to its hilarity. Reviewers would pan the movie as "bad" due to their mindset as the "reviewer" and not watching it with the "common man" mindset. As of April, the film was the top grosser in Delhi  and has made Rs 120 million (about $2.6 million) overall. It was a low budget file of Rs 60 million.

11. Padosan (1968)   

Directed By  :  Jyoti Swaroop
Starring         :  Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood

Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. 

The movie is a lighthearted comedy and tells the story of a simpleton Bhola(Sunil Dutt) and his neighbour Bindu(Saira Banu). Dutt falls for his neighbour and woos her with a little help from his friends (Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee). Mehmood as the South Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is among the highlights of the film.

12. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)

Directed By  :   Dibakar Banerjee
Starring         :   Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey

Though made on a small budget this film managed to do very well at the box office. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 2006.

Kamal Kishore Khosla (Anupam Kher) is a middle class man living in New Delhi. He is a simple man with simple tastes. The plot starts with a scene where Khosla dreams about his death. The irony is that nobody cares about his death; instead his children & neighbours are more interested in their materialistic needs. One early morning in Delhi, Khosla wakes up and plans to go to the site where he has purchased a plot to build his house. He is accompanied by his wife, eldest son Bunty (Ranvir Shorey), second son Chironji Lal Khosla (Parvin Dabas), and his daughter. When they reach the spot they find that the site has been occupied by someone else and on further investigation find that it has been captured by a property usurping nexus headed by a man named Kishan Khurana (Boman Irani). Khurana demands Rs. 15 lakhs to vacate the plot, which Khosla refuses to give. Bunty gathers few local strongmen and forcefully destroys the walls and re-occupies the plot.

13. Andaaz Apna Apna (1994)  

Directed By    : Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring           : Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal

Even though it performed poorly at the box office upon its release, it has since gained a strong cult following over the years. The film was nominated for the Filmfare Awards, 1995 in four categories; Best Film (Vinay Kumar Sinha), Best Director (Rajkumar Santoshi), Best Actor (Aamin Khan) and Best Comedian (Shakti Kapoor).

Prem Bhopali (Salman Khan) and Amar Manohar (Aamir Khan) are two ne'er-do-wells from Bhopal who dream of becoming rich without working for it—by marrying a rich heiress, Raveena (Raveena Tandon). One has a habit of saying 'Aai laa!' and the other has a habit of saying 'Ooii Maa!'. They meet on a bus and discover that they are both out to win the heiress. Each of them tries various ploys to eliminate his rival, all of which fail ludicrously. In the end, Amar and Prem agree to join forces, insinuate themselves into the heiress' household, and there compete for Raveena's love.

14Hera Pheri (2006)   

Directed By   :  Priyadarshan  
Starring         :   Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Tabu

The film is a remake of Siddique Lal's Ramji Rao Speaking (1989), which is an Indian film in the Malayalam language. The sequel to the film, Phir Hera Pheri is now released. Hera Pheri 4 will succeed Phir Hera Pheri, and is in pre-production.

Raju (Akshay Kumar) is a tenant of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte alias Babu Bhaiyya(Paresh Rawal) and has not paid his rent to Baburao since a long time. Raju does not believe in hardwork and wants to earn easy money. He cons everybody, even his mother (Sulabha Arya), who thinks that her son works in Calcutta. Baburao, a bespectacled near-sighted man, runs a garage called "Star Garage", and has hard time with his moneylenders.

Akshay kumar won best supporting actor Bollywood Movie Award for his performance.
Paresh Rawal won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for his performance, as well as the Star Screen Award and IIFA Award in the same category.

Hera Pheri was a huge hit in India. It was quite popular with audiences and critics alike. Much of the acclaim went to Paresh Rawal for his incredible comic timing and acting, with critics calling it "one of his best performances ever". Rawal became a huge sensation overnight, from being a stereotypical villain to a hilarious comic relief in movies.

15. Hungama (2003)  

Directed By   :  Priyadarshan
Starring         :   Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Aftab SHivdasani, Rimi Sen

Hungama is the reimagining of the Malayalam Film Block Buster of the 80s namely Poochakkoru Mokkuthi. This film follows Anjali (Rimi Sen) as she runs away from home to get a job. She needs money to pay debts to her family who owe their landlord some money. Otherwise she will have to marry his son, Raja (Rajpal Yadav), whom she describes as a "First Class Idiot." Her first task is to get an apartment, and she learns that the only way she can rent the one she wants is if she is married. So she has to fake a marriage and ends up living with Nandu (Aftab Shivdasani) whom she doesn't get along with.

16. 3 idiots (2009)   

Directed by    :  Rajkumar Hirani
Starring           : Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani

Upon release, the film broke all opening box office records in India. It was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and has the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood film. It also has the record for highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film. Within 10 days of its release, the film crossed the INR 1 billion mark in India and became the first film of 2009 to do so.

The film also uses real inventions by little known people in India's backyards. The brains behind the innovations were Remya Jose, a student from Kerala, who created the exercise-bicycle-cum-washing-machine, Mohammad Idris, a barber from Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, who invented a bicycle-powered horse clipper, and Jahangir Painter, a painter from Maharashtra, who made the scooter-powered flour mill

Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas "Rancho" Shyamaldas Chanchad (Aamir) are three engineering students who share a room in a hostel at the Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India. While Farhan and Raju are average students from modest backgrounds, Rancho is from a rich family. Farhan wants to become a wildlife photographer, but has joined engineering college to fulfil his father's wish. Raju on the other hand wants to uplift his family fortunes. Rancho is a wealthy genius who studies for the sheer joy of it. However, Rancho's passion is for knowledge and taking apart and building machines rather than the conventional obsession of the other students with exam ranks.

So, this is my list of all time best hindi comedy movies.
What's yours ?
Please suggest if you feel I miss any movie that should be a part of this list.

Have Fun !!!


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