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25 Greatest Comedy Films

People mostly go to the movies to forget the daily trials and tribulation and the best way to beat the stress is to go and watch a comedy films and to the credit of Indian Cinema it has managed to produce some f the funniest films of our time. The films which will be listed are not ranked. These are just the best of what Bollywood offered us over the years. The films which are on the list are some of the most memorable movies with lots of fun and fond memories. Most movies selected to be part of this list were directed by either Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Chatterjee and some other great Indian film directors. Many of  the films mentioned in this list have been shamelessly remade.

1.       Chameli Ki Shaadi 

This film Directed by Basu Chatterjee is a rollercoaster of a comedy film with a star cast of Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh. The simple story line and some great comedic acting by Pankaj Kapoor, Bharati Achrekar, Amjad Khan and Annu Kapoor. But over all this film had a ensemble cast of actors who helped this movie remain one of the favorites.


2.      Guddi

This film was made in the 1971 which dealt with fiction and reality of cinema. A young and impressionable girl Guddi played by Jaya Bhaduri who idolizes Dharmendra the movie star. What follows next is a series of events some arranged and some by chance.          


3.      Bawarchi

Another great comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, starring Rajesh Khanna as the quintessential help at Shanti Niwas. How he manages to coerce his way into the lives of everyone in the Sharma Family is hilarious and the ending very sweet.


4.      Padosan

This all time classic is the type of film which can be seen over and over. The comedy of Mehmood and Kishore Kumar is and will remain evergreen. The songs of this film were also great.


5.      Kohinoor

Who said Dilip Kumar cannot do comedy film and the mirror scene between Dilip Kumar and Jeevan is a classic.


6.      Khatta Meetha

Another classic from Basu Chatterjee about family and relationship and what happens when an aging Ashok Kumar marries the gentle Pearl Padamsee. A very funny film but also a movie with a message.


7.      Andaz  Apana Apana

Probably the best comedy film made in the last 20 years with lots of memorable and funny characters like Teja played by Paresh  Rawal and Crime Master Gogo played by Shakti Kapoor.  


8.       Payr ke y jai

This remake of south Indian film was a very funny film. Who can forget the scene between Om Prakash and Mahamood when mahmhood describes a scary scene from his film. Probably the best comedic scene ever shot.


9.       Munna Bhai MBBS

It is so refreshing to see a comedy film in recent times which is fresh and almost oreginal. The film by Rajkumar Hirani has become an all time classic and no one ever thought Sanjay Dutt could do such comedy with Arshad Warsi and Bomin Irani was simply the best.


10.     Bhat Ban Jaaye 

Again starring sanjeev kumar and the beautiful zeenat aman who thinks that all rich people are bad and that she will find true love with a poor man. This film has plenty of rib tickling comedy.


11.   Khoobsurat

This film starred the vivacious Rekha in the lead. The scene where the character of rekha tries to find out the interest of all the family members is particularly hilarious.


12.     Chashme Baddoor

This film which was made in the year 1981 by Sai Paranjpye is an all time classic with great performances by Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh and Saeed Jaffrey. One of the funniest scenes in the film is when the character Leela Misra with lot of difficulty climbs the stairs only to find scantily clad photos of woman.


13.   Khatha

The movie was inspired by the children story of the race between hare and turtle. This film was again directed by Sai Paranjpye were she again managed to draw great performance by Deepti Naval Farooq Shaikh and Nasurudin Shaw.


14.   Shokeen

Never before a film has captured the thinking of elderly men and how they want to enjoy their life. The performance of Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and Hungal was of a legendary status. The scene were the character of Ashyaok Kumar being dragged into the sea and him shouting that he is not wearing any underwear were some of the highlights of this films.


15.   Khosla ka Ghosla

A very simple film shot in Delhi with a zero star cast. Anupam Kher is a great actor but no one expected this film to do so well in the box office and now this film has a huge cult following. The acting combo of Ranveer Shorey and Vinay Pathak again deliver. 


16.   Kissi Se Na Kehna

Again the pair of Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh take the art of comedy to new heights with Utpal Dutt adding that extra spice. The scenes were Saeed Jaffrey drags Utplal Dutt to the Village to meet with the girl’s father is one for the time.


17.   Angoor

This film inspired by William Shakespeare’s comedy of errors is again a Gulzar classic. Again Sanjeev Kumar playing double role gave some of the funniest scenes in this film.


18.   Rang  Birangi

Again a film by Hrishikesh Mukherjee which gave us the beloved and iconic character of Assistant Commissioner of Police Dhurandhar Bhatawdekar. A spoof on the movie Pati, Patni aur Woh which is also in this list. The scene were the character of Farooq Shaikh pretends to be detective is very funny


19.   Pati Patni aur Woh                

This is a B.R Chopra classic starring Sanjeev Kumar in role where he flirts with his young secretary by telling her that his wife is very sick and dying of cancer. The plot is so simple yet it manages to keep you on your feet.


20.   Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

This iconic film was directed by Kundan Shah which had a stellar cast of some of the best actors Hindi cinema had ever seen consisting of  Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik,Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta. The Mahabharata scene is considered one of the funniest scenes ever.


21.   Chupkay chupkay

Probably one the most funniest and successful of films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, again with a stellar cast of Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhadhuri, Sharmila Tagore and Om Prakesh. The film’s plot keeps the audience laughing from start finish.


22.   Munna Bhai MBBS

This debut film by director Rajkumar Herani will be considered a classic in few years time. A big refreshing change from the usual slap stack Indian comedy which nowadays are filled with innuendo.


23.   Three idiots        

Again a brillent film by  Rajkumar Hirani with amazing performances by Bomin Irani a very versatile actor of our time and Aamir Khan and special mention to Omi Vaidya.


24.   Golmaal

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s best comedy film hands down and this film as had several remakes over the years in Hindi and various other languages.


25.   Mr and Mrs 55

This film was ahead of its time and no one will ever get bored watching this film. If anyone thought Guru Dutt could not do a comedy film they would be wrong. Johnny Walker’s best comedy film and this man has been an inspiration for so many aspiring comedians. Who can forget the famous song between Johnny Walker and his future wife Noor in the office? Madhubala simply look ravishing oozing sensuality. All in all a great cast and a great film which every film lover should watch.