When Power of Comedy fetches Crowd to Bollywood Cinema: 20 Must-watch Comedy movies

Good comedy is like a breath of fresh air. I make sure to watch every good comedy film as I get to know about it.  Bollywood has imparted its share of comedy to give a vibrant perspective to Indian cinema. For years, Bollywood has been enchanting us with the glorious world of comedy movies. The list of my favourite comedy movies is quite long as I enjoy comedy in every sense. Be it a comedy based on an intelligent story, a rom-com or a mindless fast-paced drama pushing us to laugh, I thoroughly enjoy watching comedies. (Excuse me if it does not fit your standards;). Sometimes you are so badly smudged in the vicious cycle of life that only a light-hearted comedy can save you.

My appreciation for comedy movies is justified because it’s difficult to make people laugh than to make them cry. Not only that but a good comedy can boost your mood and prepares you for your better. I would like to see comments from the mental health endorsers.

It’s time to share my favourite Bollywood comedy movies. I know that I might have missed some, but I promise to come back and revive this list:)

Let’s go Hahaha, let’s go lol, here comes the list of my favourite Bollywood comedies:

Padosan (1968)

Padosan is a hilarious musical comedy having stars like Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Sunil Dutt, Om Prakash, Agha and Saira Bano. Sunil Dutt is an innocent man from a village who falls in love with a city girl. He takes the help of his theatre friends to propose to the girl.

Bawarchi (1972)

A multi-talented servant enters a home and transforms the members of the family living there. All episodes of the servant-transforming family are too good to be true.
With actors like Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bhaduri, AK Hangal, Harindranath Chattopadhyay, the movie is one of the best on my list.

Chupke Chupke (1975)

Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, ‘Chupke Chupke’ is the story of a newlywed couple, played by Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore. Irritated by listening to his wife’s endless praise for her Jijaji (Brother-in-law), the husband decided to play a joke on his wife’s family by disguising himself as a driver.

Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

A shy man seeks the help of a self-proclaimed expert in wooing the woman of his dreams. Directed by Basu Chatterjee, the movie stars Amol Palekar, Ashok Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Asrani.

Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)

The life of a happily married couple comes to a halt when the wife comes to know that her husband is cheating on her. The hilarious incidents make this movie a must-watch. The cast includes the talented Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Ranjeeta and Asrani.  

Golmaal (1979)

To secure his job, Ramprasad (Amol Palekar) weaves lies after lies to keep his boss (Utpal Dutt) happy. The movie is supposed to be a benchmark in comedy cinema. Do watch if you haven’t already.

Golmaal (amazon.com)

Khubsoorat (1980)

Another Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic, Khubsoorat has stars like Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Ashok Kumar, Dina Pathak. It’s a story about a family that is controlled by the eldest lady of the house (Dina Pathak). A young guest (Rekha) enters the home and changes everything. Literally.

Chashme Buddoor (1981)

The movie revolves around three students played by Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani who are roommates. All of them try to impress a girl and the hilarious rounds of events leave us in splits.

Angoor (1982)

Based on ‘The Comedy of Errors’ by Shakespeare, Angoor is a story of two pairs of identical twins who get separated at the time of birth. The hilarious twists and wonderful acting leave us wanting for more. Stars include Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Deven Verma, Deepti Naval, Aruna Irani and Utpal Dutt.

Angoor Sanjeev Kumar
Angoor (IMDb)

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Two budding photographers are approached by a lady who is ready to pay them for the exclusive photographs of the rich and famous. Starring Ravi Baswani, Naseeruddin Shah, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Bhakti Bharve, Neena Gupta, the movie has all the best elements from the theatre.

Pushpak (1987)

Pushpak is a silent movie where Kamal Haasan plays the role of an unemployed young man who happens to get the keys to a room in a 5-star hotel. In the process, he abducted a rich man. It’s a creative comedy where actors make us laugh without uttering a word.

Chachi 420 (1997)

A divorced man is disguised as a nanny to enter his wife’s home to spend time with his daughter. Awesome act by Kamal Haasan as Chachi 420; the co-actors Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Tabbu played equally good parts.

Hera Pheri(2000)/Phir Hera Pheri(2006)

Paresh Rawal as Baburao Apte became popular after the release of Hera Pheri. Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal try to make some easy bucks and get trapped in complicated situations.

Hungama (2003)

Chaos, chaos, chaos. The movie Hungama is about a series of misunderstandings that lead to hilarious incidents. The movie stars
Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen, Rajpal Yadav. 

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

A gangster (Sanjay Dutt) wants to fulfil his father’s dream to see him become a doctor. He enters a medical college by fraudulent strategies. In the process, he gets attracted to the daughter of the Dean of the medical college. 

Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)

A thug, Khurrana played by Boman Irani grabs Khosla’s (Anupam Kher) land. Khosla’s son plans to get the land back by taking help from his friends.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

A sequel to Munnabhai MBBS, this movie is Munna’s encounter with Mahatma Gandhi and his transformation into a good man. In the process, he changes many lives by Gandhigiri and becomes famous.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a psychological horror comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Paresh Rawal, Ameesha Patel. An NRI couple decides to stay in their ancestral home. Strange occurrences forced them to call a psychiatrist friend (Akshay) to solve the mystery.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Bhool Bhulaiyaa IMDb

3 Idiots (2009)

It’s the story of three friends who had once studied in a prestigious engineering college. One of them, Amir Khan dares to think differently and the other two followed his path. Also starring Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor, it is a comedy cum a good-lesson-learnt kind of movie.

Hindi Medium (2017)

Starring Irrfan Khan in a memorable role, the movie is about parents who struggle to get their child admitted to the city’s best school. His brilliant co-actress Saba Qamar is a Pakistani actress.

Hindi Medium Irrfan Khan
Hindi Medium (imdb.com)

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita says:

    Great list. Classics & evergreen.
    Have watched most; some of them scores of times!

    Answer- Yellow

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  2. Anjalie Sharma says:

    I love Amol Palekar movies, they are a subtle fun riot. Wonderful compilation, kindled so many memories and forgotten movies 🙂

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  3. Oh they don’t make them like this anymore. Such beautiful comedies without being crude and without using double meaning dialogue. Loved all of them Amol palekar, kamal hassan everyone of them
    Deepika Sharma


  4. Harjeet Kaur says:

    “Sometimes you are so badly smudged in the vicious cycle of life that only a light-hearted comedy can save you.” This rings so true! I love watching only ROMCOMS…I don’t like sad or thrillers or horrors…life as it is heavy! Entertainment should be light…in this list except for Akshay Kumar Paresh Rawal movies, I have seen all the rest. Excellent list as usual, Aditi


  5. Honesty Aditi, you have given me goals today. I have to watch quite a few of the old classics here. Thanks for the list


  6. Pr@Gun says:

    The power of comedy in Bollywood has given some timeless classics. Amol Palekar is my all-time favorite and his movies were evergreen which still is fresh. Bawarchi, chupke chupke, angoor, chachi 420, khosla ka ghosla, 3 idiots still make me watch if they are coming on TV.


  7. rationalraj2000 says:

    Nice.. All my favourite films are on your list.


  8. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    I had watched all the movies you had mentioned in this post. angoor and golmal are my all time favorite and I can watch these movies again and again.


  9. Ruchie says:

    Just two days back I was watching Chupke Chupke with my daughter and next on my list to watch again is Angoor of Sanjeev Kumar!!


  10. Great list and I am amazed that I have watched all the movies!! That proves I am a movie buff !! Hahaha… Your post was surely a stress buster. Almost all are my favorites.


  11. I could spot some of my favourites on your list and I know have some to Binge this weekend


  12. Navita Bhatia says:

    Absolutely!! Humor is powerful!! What a great compilation of comedy movies. I guess I have watched most of them. But we usually don’t get enough of these kinds of movies. So will never be missing any chance in the future too.


  13. Archana says:

    Undoubtedly all 20 movies are laughter riot. I have watched almost all new ones, but if I tell about the 70s-80s, few movies I still watch few sometimes with my kids, like chupke chupke, Golmaal, chashmebadoor, and padosan. Well researched picks, Aditi.


  14. Varsh says:

    This is quite a list and I love that I’ve watched every single one of them. Time for a re-watch now that such fun comedy don’t get made anymore! Chupke Chupke and Golmaal are timeless.


  15. You have covered almost all my favorite movies. This is one of my favorite genre. Golmal, Chupke Chupke , Munnabhai, Hera pheromones, angoor… All are amazing movies with great acting.


  16. fabzindia says:

    I haven’t seen many of the earlier movies in this list, thanks for the recommendations! My favorite Bollywood comedy has got to be Andaz Apna Apna – can’t remember how many times I’ve watched it!


  17. Suchita says:

    I love Khosla ka Ghosla and the subtle messages in the movie especially the tug of war between the father and the son.


  18. I had watched all movies you mentioned but bhool bhuiyan was more of physcogical horror for me . Bawarchi, chupke chupke, angoor, chachi 420, khosla ka ghosla, 3 idiots still make me watch if they are coming on TV.

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  19. Thanks for these amazing movie suggestion on comedy! i have not seen the old clasics though. would love to watch them soon

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Oh..do watch. You are missing something big!


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