Bollywood, as the Indian Hindi-language cinema is referred to, usually produces twice as many movies as Hollywood (500 films a year in Hollywood and about 1000 Bollywood) and it has a wider audience as well. In 2004, Bollywood overtook Hollywood in terms of viewership and has been leading ever since, having a worldwide audience of approximately 3 billion people. Here’s a list with some of the funniest movies coming from Bollywood.
Four lazy conmen friends who are without a job, without a home, and with no money, find out about a hidden treasure from a dying thief and decide they need to find it. They set out on a race to find the buried treasure and claim it for themselves while being chased by a police inspector who is determined to get the treasure for himself.
Directed by Indra Kumar, this is a remake of the Hollywood comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World released in 1963. The public has been praising the movie, and it got numerous positive reviews from critics.
Kangana Ranaut makes one of her most memorable performances alongside Rajkumar Rao, standing out in the role of a lover turned enemy turned lover.
Rani, a 24-year-old girl, is all ready for marriage, but the wedding gets called off at the very last minute by Vijay, thus ruining Rani’s dream of going to Paris for their honeymoon. Then, trying to let go of what happened, she decides to go on the honeymoon all by herself. Traveling around Europe alone, she manages to make friends, find happiness and indulge in her newly found independence.
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
From the ‘oldies but goldies’ category, this comedy was released in 1958, but it still rocks. The film stars Kishore Kumar along with his two brothers, Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar, and the lovely Madhubala.
The three brothers run a garage and when Renu (Madhubala) comes to the garage and asks for help with her car, all hell breaks loose.
Lage Rago Munna Bhai (2006)
The movie is about Munna, who is absolutely crazy about the voice of a radio jockey, Jhanvi, and his effort to impress her in a contest about Mahatma Gandhi’s life. Munna wants to learn more about Gandhi, and that’s how the hilarious events start to happen.
The story is very well-written, and Sanjay Dutt did a fabulous job as Munna Bhai.
Ranjit Rai and Harbans Lal are two rich businessmen and friends who also share an incredible hatred for the poor. They hope to see their children, Ajay and Madhu married to each other. So they forge a marriage certificate and manage to get Ajay and Madhu to sign it unknowingly.
Because things don’t always go as planned, Ajay falls in love with a poor young woman named Kajal and Madhu falls for a poor mechanic, Raja. Unfortunately, their parents find out and they do all they can to prevent them from marrying their lovers.
No Entry (2005)
No Entry is one of those movies you’ll want to watch more than once, that’s how funny it is. Anil Kapoor, Fardeen, and Salman are coming back with a sequel in 2019 named No Entry Mein Entry. We are expecting more laughs once the sequel is released.
Kishen is a media mogul married to Kaajal, a housewife who suspects her husband of having numerous affairs, none of them actually happening. Pooja is the trusting wife of the womanizer businessman Prem. Kishen and Prem are very good friends. Sanjana falls in love with Prem’s employee Sunny, and they decide to get married. Kishen grows tired of his jealous wife and tries to have an affair with Bobby, an escort. Due to crazy circumstances, Bobby is introduced as Kishen’s wife during Sanjana’s wedding, and as Sunny’s wife to Kaajal. Everything turns into a bundle of confusion once the three couples meet.
Dulhe Raja (1998)
Raja opens a fast food restaurant right opposite a five-star hotel run by Singhania, who isn’t happy having a fast food joint right across the street. The rich hotel owner puts his money counters to work and, using all the influence money can buy, he tries to remove Raja, but to no avail.
Things get worse for him when his daughter, Kiran, lets him know she wants to marry Raja. Singhania refuses, leading to a challenge (to make a lot of money quickly), which Raja actually manages to win and asks Kiran’s hand in marriage. Singhania reluctantly gives his blessing for the marriage, only to find out Kiran has eloped with a man named Rahul.
Chup Chup Ke (2006)
Jeetu is buried in debt and finds an easy way out — death. Or fake death. He decides to fake his own death so that his family can cash in his life insurance money. But things don’t go as planned and he is discovered by two fishermen. Jeetu doesn’t want his true identity revealed, so he pretends to be a deaf-mute.
Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi (1997)
Raja has a very good future according to his astrologer uncle. This prediction turns Raja into a slacker as he decides to just wait for his good future and do nothing else. When he meets Shalu, the a millionaire’s daughter, he thinks his predicted future is starting to happen.
However, his future father-in-law has higher standards than that and tells Raja he can’t marry Shalu unless he actually proves he deserves it. The hilarious comes from the numerous plans Raja makes in order to get rich enough to be able to marry Shalu.
OMG: Oh, My God (2012)
The movie is about an antique shopkeeper, Kanjibhai, who loses his shop in an earthquake. He decides to sue God for his loss, as God is the one that caused the earthquake, and soon enough he ends up being in conflict with all the priests in the city.
OMG: Oh, My God is adapted from a well-known and highly acclaimed Gujarati play named Kanji Virrudh Kanji.