The whole country is celebrating the festival of lights – Diwali, today. All of us are looking forward to the Pooja in the evening, and spending time with family. What better way to enjoy the evening with family, than watching a great comedy classic.
Over the decades, Bollywood has given us some great comedy movies including Bawarchi, Gol Maal, Chupke Chupke, Padosan and many more. These classics not only bring a smile to your face, but at times make you think about life, and relationships. What’s more! These classic comedy movies are completely family-friendly unlike some of the recently released crass-comedy ones.
Here’s the list of best Comedy movies you can watch this Diwali night with your family.
1. Gol Maal
Laughter riot – is the one word that defines this hilarious movie. Even though Bollywood has made endless attempts to recreate the magic, it has failed miserably. The brilliant storyline with amazing performances by actors Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt make it one of the finest comedy movies.
2. Chupke Chupke
With the stellar performances by Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, this movie is one of the most famous romantic comedies in Bollywood. Humour in familiar situations, endearing characters and timeless music make this comedy a must-watch!
Not just comedy, this movie had family values and romance too. The story focuses on a young girl who changes the stern and sensible matriarch of a family. Fantastic performances by actors like Rekha, Ashok Kumar, and Rakesh Roshan added to the charm of the movie.
The beautiful transformational story of Rani, who found herself in the most unexpected circumstances. Rani’s naïve outlook towards real-life situations added light humor to this inspiring movie!
5. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)
This is one of the most intelligent comedy movies ever made by Bollywood. Anupam Kher’s portrayal as a middle-class family man remains one of the best ever. There is no doubt that a lot of effort went behind making this small-budget film.
Want to watch a comedy movie with family, but don’t know which one? Then don’t forget to watch Bawarchi – a family-oriented comedy-drama that beautifully and comically explores the highs and lows of living in a joint family. The movie doesn’t rely on obscenities, crass jokes, or melodrama to get the point across and make you laugh.
7. 3 Idiots (2009)
‘All Izz Well’. Need we say more? This beautiful movie is a perfect watch for dark and tough days!
8. Andaz Apna Apna
When you talk about ‘feel good’ comedy movies, how can you not include this classic? This movie is a cult classic that we can never get bored of. This movie might have tanked at the box office, but it has become quite popular in recent times. The movie is so memorable that many of us quote this movie’s dialogues to our friends!
This movie never fails to cheer us up and raise our spirits! We don’t think any gangster received so much love from the audience, the way Munnabhai and Circuit did. Circuit stole the show even as Munnabhai reformed himself into a good and responsible citizen and impressed us all. The movie also gave us a surprising talent – Boman Irani.
10. Buddha Mil Gaya
This particular film was not as popular as Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s later movies. But, don’t assume that it was any less funny. The tale of two men who pose as kins of a wealthy elderly man for obvious reasons is full of comic potboilers and ironical twists. With Om Prakash, Navin Nischol and Deven Verma in lead roles, the movie is definitely a classic.
11. Hindi Medium (2017)
Such a well-written plot with great dialogues, you just couldn’t stop laughing as the story unfolds. Irrfan Khan plays a comic role instead of his signature intense ones. And in such a well-written plot, he aced the comic role with extreme ease.
12. Rang Birangi
There are many movies that Utpal Dutt and Hrishikesh Mukherjee did together, But, it is believed that Utpal Dutt’s role in Rang Birangi as Police Inspector Dhurandhar is one of his finest performances. One of the best situational comedies, which focuses on rekindling the dying romance in marriage!
13. Naram Garam
Just like his other family comedies (Gol Maal, Khubsoorat), Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Naram Garam is supported by superb performances and a funny storyline. With proficient actors like Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar, this movie offers us honest comic gags!
This light-hearted comedy is about a young girl – Guddi, (played by Jaya Bachchan), who is obsessed with film star Dharmendra. She’s is so infatuated with him that she believes he is a superman who can do no wrong. The movie focused on this obsession with the reel world. This movie beautifully captures the journey of Guddi as she starts to distinguish between the real and the reel world.
Bhola falls in love with his new neighbor, but has a tough competition in the form of Master Pillai, a music teacher. In order to woo Bindu, he takes the help of his theater friends. What follows is a complete laugh riot. With amazing performances by Sunil Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Saira Banu, and Mehmood, the movie will bring back some great memories.
Do let us know which movie you ended up watching with your family, in comments below. Happy Diwali!