Bollywood films always added a touch of comedy for relief in those heavily dramatic stories sprinkled with spice.
Often a Mehmood, Johnny Walker, Om Prakash or Jagdeep would intersperse the torrid tales of love with sometimes sensible, but mostly crude stuff passed off as comedy. Still there are plenty of Hindi films which have stuck seriously to a comedy plot and come up with the goods
Here are five films which will tickle the funny bone and put you in a good frame of mind.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Neena Gupta.
Director: Kundan Shah
Two struggling photographers get caught up in corruption, deceit and death after they are sent out on a mission by an editor.
Trying hard to keep their integrity intact, the two protagonists fight to find out the truth. That was never going to be easy when dealing with corruption in high places.
The film is a great satire and black comedy offering. The Mahabharata scene towards the latter half of the film will have you in splits.
Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma, Moushumi Chatterji,
Based of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, two identical twins get mixed up with each other’s families without knowing their existence.
This leads to a laugh riot as Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma exhibit great comedy skills to further confuse the situation. It a clean film with great dialogues and provides fun for the entire family.
It is a Gulzar offering and not much can go wrong there.
Gol Maal (1979)
Cast: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
The shrubbery above the upper lip assumes great significance in this tale of love and values. A chartered account lands a job with a company whose boss hates moustaches.
But he also has a lovely daughter who is positive to the romantic advances of the CA. That is until the moustache gets in the way. The clever CA resorts to a ruse where he becomes two characters – one with a moustache and one without.
That leads to loads of complications but finally love triumphs.
Cast: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood, Kishore Kumar, Om Prakash
Director: Jyoti Swaroop
A simpleton who can’t sing and a South Indian music teacher vie for the same lady with hilarious consequences. The cast is fabulous and deliver great performances.
The songs have become classics and the duels between the music teacher and the simpleton, prompted by the great Kishore Kumar, is hilarious.
Mehmood is in top gear in this film as is Sunil Dutt.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Cast: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Two young men want to hit the jackpot by getting married to a rich woman and live happily ever after. But fate has other plans.
The two worm their way into the house of a rich woman who lives with her secretary. One acts as a guy who has lost his memory and the other his doctor. But who really is the rich lady is finally revealed in the climax.
The grand fight at the end is quite funny.