30 Best Bollywood comedy movies

by bachchan | created - 17 Jul 2012 | updated - 13 May 2013 | Public

Contains an exhaustive list of the best Bollywood comedies ranging from 1950's to 2012

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1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

PG | 160 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor

Votes: 42,424

This movie is an all time classic. It did not do well when it was released for the 1st time; but later on bollywood lovers realised its worth. Amar-prem duo steal the show with their foolery.

2. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man, Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. Bhavani Shankar is also ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote

Votes: 13,578

By far the best comedy flick in bollywood by mastero Hrishikesh da. Best for it's simplicity and bang on situational comedy.

3. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri

Votes: 8,866

Another cult by Hrishikesh mukherjee. Dhrmendra , sharmila , omprakash , bigB all keep u invoved throughout. You can watch this movie 50 times and still u will wish to see it again.

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

Not Rated | 156 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh

Votes: 58,344

Natural comedy at its best. Rajkumar hirani revived the old style of situational comedy. Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi portray characters of their lifetime.

5. Hera Pheri (2000)

Not Rated | 156 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they recieve a call from a kidnapper. However, things do not go as planned.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty, Tabu

Votes: 43,857

coz there is only one babu-bhai. This movie established Paresh Rawal & Akshay Kumar as comedians. Simply hilarious.

6. Khubsoorat (1980)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Nirmala Gupta runs her household and family in a very strict and authoritarian manner. While most of her family resent this, they do obey her and carry out her instructions, so as to be on ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Shashikala

Votes: 1,187

An awesome addition to the chain of Hrishikesh's classics. Top clash between disciplined & strict dina pathak vs talkative & fun loving rekha.

7. Padosan (1968)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher.

Director: Jyoti Swaroop | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood, Kishore Kumar

Votes: 4,780

One of the pioneer movie in Bollywood comedies. coz Sunil dutt is too innocent; coz Kishore Kumar can act better than veteran actors; coz mehmood can make u laugh even ehen he cries.

8. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Jimmy Shergill

Votes: 34,819

Coz only Raju Hirani is gifted enough to create an equally worthy sequel to munnabhai. Comedy plus social message plus gandhigiri plus occasionally emotinal scenes.

9. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 10,233

Coz u wont be able to control ur laughter throughout the movie. The mahabharat scene is epic.

10. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Not Rated | 145 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two womanizing slackers, Omi and Jai (Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani respectively) attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood, and fail - miserably. Their third room-mate, shy, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

Votes: 1,877

Simply hilarious. Farukh seikh and Deepti naval along with rakesh bedi create a classic.

11. Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma

Votes: 17,607 | Gross: $0.03M

coz Dibakar Bannerjee is the game changer of modern bollywood...coz Bomman Irani and Ranbeer Shourey are brilliant actors !!

12. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 269,879 | Gross: $6.53M

Aamir is undoubtedly the Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood...and when perfection combines with brilliance (Raju Hirani), a real gem like 3 idiots is created !!

13. Chachi 420 (1997)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Tabu

Votes: 10,247

One of the most versatile actors, india has ever produced- kamal hasan. Once he decides to take the incarnation of a lady in her 40's; u know very well that u r going to witness an class act.

14. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

173 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Three woman-hating brothers face changes in their respective lifestyles when two of them fall in love.

Director: Satyen Bose | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, Anoop Kumar, Kishore Kumar

Votes: 1,085

The oldest movie to feature in this list. Ashok and kishore both share screen together and create a marvel. Madhubala's timeless beauty is sure to charm u. 'Ek ladki bhigi bhaagi si' one of the best rain songs.

15. Chhoti Si Baat (1976)

123 min | Comedy, Romance

Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who dreams of romancing Prabha (Vidya Sinha), but never gets past following her around without managing to actually speak up. While Arun ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Amol Palekar, Asrani

Votes: 2,955

First entery of basu Chatterjee in this list; and mind u he is as good as Hrishikesh da. Amol palekar's innocence ; his crush for vidhya sinha and lectures by ashok kumar- be sure u will watch the movie not just once.

16. Guddi (1971)

121 min | Drama, Comedy, Family

A teenage girl will not accept her family's attempt to arrange a marriage for her, as her heart is currently too full of love for the movies and heartthrob actor "Dharmendra."

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Jaya Bhaduri, Sumita Sanyal, Utpal Dutt

Votes: 779

Jaya Bachchan's obsession for Dharmendra ; portrayed in the best possible manner by Hrishikesh da.

17. Bawarchi (1972)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

Squabbling Sharma family has a dubious reputation of not having any cook last there for more than a few months. Word spreads out about this family to such an extent that no person wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bhaduri, Usha Kiran, Harindranath Chattopadhyay

Votes: 2,839

The art of living taught in the most comical manner. Later on this concept was copied by David dhawan in Hero no.1

18. Vicky Donor (2012)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Romance

A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic.

Director: Shoojit Sircar | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia

Votes: 32,245 | Gross: $0.17M

The latest movie featuring in this list. When the theme is "sperm donation" u know that its going to be bang-on. Good performances by Aayushman and annu kapoor. Awesome script.

19. Namak Halaal (1982)

171 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Brought up by his grandfather, Arjun Singh moves to the city in search of a new job and life. While in the city he meets Bhairon who helps him find a job as a singer in a 5-star hotel owned by Raja.

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil

Votes: 1,846

Coz Amitabh Bachchan can do everything. A milestone in his career as it portrays the hilarious side of his acting skills.

20. Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)

Comedy, Romance

Kailashnath is a widower, and father of an only son, Ramesh. He feels that his son has come of age, and must get married. He goes to see a number of young ladies for him, but is ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 384

Hrishikesh da yet again. Although this movie was not as popular as his other movies, but was equally good. Utpal Dutt steals the show.

21. Satte Pe Satta (1982)

160 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

After the death of their parents; Ravi Anand the eldest of seven brothers becomes the guardian to his other six siblings. His dictatorship and measures to get things done are frustrated by ... See full summary »

Director: Raj N. Sippy | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Ranjeeta Kaur, Amjad Khan

Votes: 2,445

Coz seven rowdy and junglee brothers can only create comedy.

22. Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)

Not Rated | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charandas lives a poor lifestyle in a small town in India along with his older brother, Bhajandas, and Bhabhi. He is unemployed and commits himself to be a wrestler with Ustad Mastram ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Om Prakash, Amjad Khan

Votes: 1,271

Just ROFL !!!

23. Bombay to Goa (1972)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

College student Mala has dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie actress; her dreams began materializing into reality when she is approached by Mr. Sharma and his assistant Mr. Verma who ... See full summary »

Director: S. Ramanathan | Stars: Mehmood, Aruna Irani, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha

Votes: 862

Even a bus journey can turn out to be really interesting...innocenct looks of BigB wins hearts !

24. Shaukeen (1982)

127 min | Comedy

Three friends, in their 60s, try to do everything that they couldn't do in their younger days - before death arrives.

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, A.K. Hangal, Utpal Dutt, Rati Agnihotri

Votes: 348

Three old men fall for gorgeous lady who plays with them...Hilarious indeed !!

25. Angoor (1982)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

Based on Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors', this is a story of identical twins (2 pairs) and mistaken identities.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Deven Verma, Aruna Irani

Votes: 4,042

Based on the drama "the comedy of errors" by shakespeare; veteran film-maker Gulzar created a hilarious situation. Sanjeev kumar and Deven verma; both in twin avatars cause confusion throughout the film.

26. Coolie No. 1 (1995)

143 min | Comedy

In order to avenge his insult against wealthy Hoshiarchand Choudhary; Pandit Shaadiram Gharjodhe asks Raju; a coolie by profession to masquerade as a wealthy business tycoon so that he can ... See full summary »

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Govinda, Karisma Kapoor, Harish, Kanchan

Votes: 1,787

Welcome to the era of Govinda and Kader khan. govinda can make u laugh with his accent, his dance, his gesture, his mannerisms. His best is without any doubt Coolie no. 1; which is followed by a long chain of comedies .

27. Delhi Belly (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster.

Directors: Abhinay Deo, Akshat Verma | Stars: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Shenaz Treasury

Votes: 22,398 | Gross: $1.53M

Welcome to the era of dark comedy. Comedy in it's crudest & dirtiest form.

28. Dulhe Raja (1998)

Not Rated | 143 min | Comedy

Poor Raja opens a fast food restaurant right opposite a five star hotel run by it's owner Singhania, earning his wrath. The wealthy hotel owner uses all his influence to remove Raja, but in... See full summary »

Director: Harmesh Malhotra | Stars: Govinda, Raveena Tandon, Kader Khan, Prem Chopra

Votes: 1,788

Yet again a Govinda+ kadar khan flick and yet again u will roll on the floor laughing.

29. Hungama (2003)

Unrated | 153 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The story of a bunch of misfits whose misconception about each others backgrounds end up in a series of chaotic, yet comic outcomes.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 9,456

Another situational comedy movie of modern era. Best ensemble cast. Hilarious punches.

30. Chitchor (1976)

Not Rated | 105 min | Musical, Drama, Romance

Meera, who lives in Bombay writes her parents about a prospective bridegroom for her youngest sister Gowri. Pitambar Chaudhry and his wife are overjoyed by the prospect of marrying Gowri ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Vijayendra Ghatge, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 425

The last in this list is a innocent flick by Basu chatterjee. And who else can appear more innocent than Amol Palekar. The innocence is the essence of the movie and u will love it.