Chaplin makes it sound simple, but comedy is a tough job. It takes a wise man to convince a crowd that he’s a fool. Bollywood has had more than its fair share of rib-tickling attempts over time. Comedies only second to romance in terms of preference and sheer output (And if Govinda and David Dhawan were still doing films like the late 90s, it would be the first!) 2016 was a dark year for Bollywood comedy movies though, with trash like ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’, ‘Great Grand Masti’ and ‘Tere Bin Laden 2’ making us wonder if we had really asked for them while underrated romps like ‘Happy Bhaag Jaaegi’ went under radars. In an attempt to forget the abomination of a year and to rekindle belief in our comic cinema, here is the list of top Hindi comedy movies of ever made.
10. Oye Lucky Lucky Oye! (2008)
Inspired by the real life diablerie of Lovinder “Lucky” Singh, this Dibakar Banarjee flick stars Abhay Deol, the most underrated actor in the business today, in his finest form as he bamboozles his way in and out of the houses of many an elite family across the nation. The film opens as Lucky is facing trial and he recounts the story of his childhood, his love life and how he just does the roguery for the heck of it. Aiding him is the ever-so-hilarious Paresh Rawal as Lucky’s father / Gogi Bhai / Dr. Handa, acing all of them. Whatever your usual chor-uchakka does, Lucky does it with style, with flair, with a smile and with the ease of a magician, thus making his story an engaging one.
9. Chupke Chupke (1975)
In the same year that Jay-Veeru immortalised drama and bromance in ‘Sholay’, Professor Parimal (who becomes Pyare Mohan) and his friend Sukumar (who is also the fake Parimal) created a riot in this prank comedy directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Dharmendra runs the show as a jovial newly married professor who plays a practical joke on his wife’s Jijaji who brags he can catch an imposter with ease, and becomes a shuddh Hindi speaking driver who only speaks in motor metaphors. As he includes his wife and friends (and numerous plot twists) in his act, the viewer can’t help but sneer at the Jijaji’s annoyance. SD Burman’s music is fun and easy on the ears. Dharmendra-Amitabh’s undeniable chemistry also garners quite some laughs. One of the many simply told but easily memorable tales from the legendary Hrishi Da, who has another spot reserved for him near the business end of this list.