The comedies today as on big screens are not often classified as sticking true to the themes. They are at times aberrant from the very purpose. The newer ones are arrant nonsense with gratuitous innuendos and filthy prejudices.
But Bollywood has not always been such. There are still gems embellished to its names. In comedies specifically, the comic timings and the dialogical amusements are worth approbation. Of course, there is a reason why they are called classic comedies.
Let’s have a look at some of these from the proud 70s and 80s as rated by IMDB.
1. GolMaal (1979) – 8.5 Rating
This superhit movie with plausible performances and catchy countenance definitely deserved to earn the top name. Bagging various Filmfare awards, the movie had Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt in the leading roles. With characteristic comic elements like impersonations, hilarious chase, and light dialogues the movie is supreme of its kind. Watch the movie here.
2. Jane Bhi Do Yaro (1983)- 8.4 Rating
The movie has all the reasons to be a must-watch. With legendary cast ensemble including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Kaushik and many, the movie will keep you fixated with not just an insanely funny plot but the cynical undertones throughout. Absurdism at its acumen and art at its peak is a rare combination. Watch it to know the truth of a post-truth world.
3. Angoor (1982)- 8.3 Rating
With a script inspired by Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors, the movie is a complete family entertainer. The actings by Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma seems like perfectionist illusions. With the perfect timings, the double roles, the confusions amidst other comic elements, the movie is hysterically terrific. Watch the movie here.
4. Chupke Chupke (1975)- 8.3 Rating
Again an ensemble cast of Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bacchan, and Jaya Bacchan in the lead roles, the movie is a legacy in laughter. A clean movie with love, comedy and drama embedded has certainly an image of timelessness attached to it. With euphonious songs and brilliant acting, the movie is a joyous journey where you can not help yourself smiling all through. Watch the movie here.
5. Chhoti Si Baat (1976)- 8.3 Rating
A sweet memoir of the era of the late 70s, the movie at its core is a love triangle with comical settings. The movie with Amol Palekar as one of the lead roles wakes you up from the slumbers of unacknowledgment and beautifully shows how comedy is so often based on the minutiae of daily life. Watch the movie here.
The movies listed above at the very least distinguish with flying colours the nuances and subtleties of a good comedy. The cinema no doubt has ameliorated and aggrandized in every aspect but with the reasons which are ostensible old is most of times gold.
Binge-watch these to spend quality time with waves of laughter, smiles and amusements. And do tell us your favorites in the comment section.