I mean how can I forget Andaz Apna Apna.
But maybe I’ll rank it right on top of best comedies. So here goes.
Top Five — Hindi Comedies
Rajkumar Santoshi is a great filmmaker, the most consistent, the most varied and also the most under-rated director. Andaz Apna Apna is really a tribute to Bollywood.
I remember how I rolled on the floor laughing watching it when we just had good old DD for entertainment. The problem with growing up is that I don’t find it as funny now but yes, considering I still remember how entertaining a movie it was, I must put it here.
3. The Hero
Sunny Paaji, I owe this one to you. And Anil Sharmaji, I know you laughed all the way to the bank with a bakwaas movie like Gadar, and I’m glad you gave us a chance to with this hilarious piece of cinema. It didn’t run well because you didn’t promote it as a spoof. What next? Amitabh Bachchan ko Sardar bana diya? Hope you don’t replace this slot with Ab Hamara Watan Tumhare Hawale Saathiyon.
3. Awrite, seriously, Munna Bhai MBBS
That’s the last best genuine comedy Bollywood has produced. A brilliant script. Super funny characters. Circuit is my favourite too. And the lingo, bole toh ek dum solid, kya!
It wasn’t just a comedy, beneath all the humour, Rajkumar Hirani did have something to say. It spurned sequels in every South Indian language, including Tamil. Imagine, it was one of the rare films to be reviewed by the British Medical Journal!
This certainly has to be David Dhawan’s best. It’s classy, spoofy and the comic timing of Govinda and Anil Kapoor in roles reversed (for once, it is Govinda who dresses sober and it is Anil Kapoor wearing colourful jhatak clothes). Total timepass.
Again, Govinda and Sanjay Dutt’s comic timing save the spoof on Sholay from mediocrity. It is outrageously funny.
And Bade Miyaan Chotte Miyaan because I love the climax. Hilarious. It’s Bad Boys 1 and 2 rolled into one, David Dhawan style!
I hate to admit it, but I also liked Daud, in parts… Really silly movie but I simply loved Paresh Rawal as the villain Pinky, one of his best roles!