(Last Updated on : 11/11/2011)
Comedians in Bollywood cinema seek to entertain their audience, primarily by making them laugh. This act might be performed through jokes or amusing situations, or acting a fool, as in clowning, or employing additional comedy. The concept of comedians has come into Indian cinema long ago and it has become well implied in commercial films. However, nowadays offbeat films also have implicit comedy in it. Indian film industry possesses many talented and unforgettable comedians, working in different regional films.
Comic Relief is an essential part of Indian cinema. A talented group of Bollywood
comedians have portrayed memorable in the Hindi films. While humour was only used as a relief in the Hindi films with changing it developed as a separate genre. In the contemporary film industry the films of comic genre
are attracting audience in large numbers. Moreover it is said that to make a person laugh is a challenge and the Bollywood comedians have always took up the challenge and emerged victorious.
One of the greatest Bollywood comedians of all times would be Johnny Walker
. He was introduced to the silver screen by Guru Dutt
. Johnny Walker was born as Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi. Most of the films of Guru Dutt featured him. But two of his most memorable films were CID (1956) and Pyaasa
(1957). His facial gimmicks and antics won him applause from the audience as well as from his directors. His first film was Guru Dutt`s Baazi. Some of his others films are Aar Paar (1954), Mr and Mrs 55 (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Madhumati
(1958), Amar Deep (1958), Kaagaz ke Phool
(1959), Satta Bazaar (1959), Basant (1960), Chaudhvin ka Chand (1960), Mere Mehboob (1963), Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Shaan (1980), Bindiya Chamkegi (1984) and others.
was in every way the king of comedy in the 1960s. Mehmood Ali was the comedy czar in Indian film industry. He started his career as a comedian when comedy was still in a nascent stage in Bollywood. Humour came spontaneously to Mehmood. That was the reason why he went onto become one of the greatest comedians of the silver screen. His films were rather remembered for his comic timings rather than the leading men and women. Mehmood was so popular that it was reported that even heroes would decline to work with him because of the fear of being overshadowed by his hilarious performance. His first major break came with the film Parvarish in 1958. His comic timing, inimitable style and the flair to bring versatility made popular with the audience. He has also starred in movies like Gumnam, Pyar Kiye Jaa, Saanjh aur Savera, Pyar Hi Pyar, Love in Tokyo, Dil Tera Diwana, Bhoot Bangla, Sangharsh, Ziddi, Bombay to Goa, Humjoli, and others. Biut oen film for which Mehmood will always be remembered is Padosan
. The film also starred Kishore Kumar
, Sunil Dutt
and Saira Banu
. This rib tickling comic film was a hit. By 1970s Mehmood was ruling the comic arena of Bollywood.
Another Bollywood comedian, who was also the contemporary of Mehmmod, was IS Johar. Together they also starred in films, such as Namasteji, Johar-Mehmood in Goa and Johar-Mehmood in Hong Kong. His other films include Teesri Aankh (1982), Gopichand Jasoos (1982), Raaz (1981), Trimurti (1980), Death on the Nile (1978), Mazdoor Zindabaad (1976), Banarasi Babu, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Johny Mera Naam (1970), Pavitra Paapi, Chhoti Bahu, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (1966), Harry Black (1958) and others.
Rajendranath was also famous for his comic roles. He was a regular in the films of Raj Kapoor
and Shammi Kapoor
. His funny gimmicks always made the audience break into peels of laughter. He was seen in films such as, Dil Deke Dekho, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Teesri Manzil, Baharon Ke Sapne, Pyar Ka Mausam, An Evening in Paris and others.
The 1980s saw a number of comic stars on the horizon. One of them was Asrani and the other was Jagdeep. Govardhan Asrani is still active today and has starred in comic flicks, such as, Malamaal Weekly, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Garam Masala, Dhamaal and others. He was a popular comedian but he has also been seen in supporting roles as well in films like Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Khushboo, Musafir and others. His small role in Sholay
as the jailor is still fresh in people`s minds. He has also been felicitated with Filmfare Award for best comedian for the films Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar (1973) and Balika Badhu (1976). Other Bollywood comedians were Mukri. He is well known for his roles in Aan, Mangu, Loafer, Humjoli, Heera, Fakira, Darpan, Chraag, Amar Akbar Anthony and others.
Besides them, actors like Kishore Kumar
, Utpal Dutt
and Deven Verma have successfully made the audience laugh with their gimmicks. The latter two were a regular in the comic flicks of Hrishikesh Mukherjee
and Basu Chatterjee
. Utpal Dutt was primarily a theatre personality and undoubtedly one of the most versatile actors that the sub continent had produced. He did many villainous roles with his characteristic comic tinge. He made a striking film debut as the hero in Michael Madhusudan in 1950, and attracted national attention as the eponymous rail officer in Mrinal Sen
`s Bhuvan Shome in 1969. This was followed by the pornographer in Ritwik Ghatak
`s Jukti takko ar gappo, the businessman in Satyajit Ray
`s Jana Aranya i.e. `Middleman` and many others. His spellbinding comic role was in the film Golmaal. His movies, till date, are termed as timeless classics and include Naram Garam, Guddi, Kisi Se Na Kehna and others. Keshto Mukherjee
became famous for his roles as the drunken man. He is so famous that people emulate him even today.
is one of the most able actors to grace the Bollywood screen as a villain as well as comedian. He was born on 3rd September 1958. He has done around 413 films in his whole film career. He played both the shades of an actor - comic and villainous with full competence. He had been often nominated for the Filmfare Award
in the most comic performance category. His very notable performances include Nandu of the David Dhawan
masterpiece Raja Babu.
The contemporary Bollywood has also been gifted with several talented comedians. Actors like Kadar Khan and Johnny Lever
rocked the silver screen with their ability to entertain people. Laxmikant Berde is also a popular Bollywood comedian. Johny Lever is one of the most popular comedians of the Indian film industry and was born on 14th August 1956 as John Rao in the village of Amkam in the Prakasam district
, in Andhra Pradesh
. The journey to stardom is like a fairy tale to the extremely talented actor Johnny Lever. With his short stature and dark complexion he went on to create history in the genre of comedy. His sense of comic timing was inborn.
As a director David Dhawan films were trendsetters. It saw the mainstream heroes portraying comic characters. One such actor is Govinda
. Teaming up with Dhawan he delivered some of the biggest comic flicks in the 1990s and 2000. Some of these films have also been termed as slapstick. However the masses loved them. Films, such as, Dulhe Raja, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Haseena Maan Jayeegi, Jodi No.1, Partner
and others were runaway hits. Such movies also featured Kadar Khan and Johnny Lever.
It is said that comedy is all about timing. Al these actors have an amazing sense of comic timing. The one actor is mind-blowing in comic roles is Paresh Rawal
. He is an Indian actor hailing from the state of Gujarat
. Making his film debut in 1984, Rawal mainly played the supporting and villainous roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2000 he has mostly played comic roles. Apart from being a part of the crew in David Dhawan`s films, he has become a regular face in Priyadarshan
`s Hindi comedy films. Hera Pheri, Awara Paagal Deewana, Phir Hera Pheri, Malamaal Weekly, Garam Masala, Fool n Final, Bhool Bhulaiyaa
, Mere Baap Pehle Aap, Welcome
and several other films. Although he has starred in various films but it was his role as the crazy Baburao in Hera Pheri that earned him all the applause as a comic actor.
, another Bollywood actor, is famous for his comic roles. His character play as "circuit" in Rajkumar Hirani`s Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai
was outstanding. Even in films like Hulchul and Golmal he did a fantastic role. Boman Irani
and Anupam Kher
also deserve special mention for their contribution in the comic genre of Indian cinema. In films like Khosla ka Ghosla
both these actors come together and put up an unforgettable performance. Offbeat actors such as, Vinay Pathak, Ranvirr Shorey and Rajat Kapoor
have also explored this genre. One of film that needs to be mentioned here is Bheja Fry.
is an Indian actor who is known for his unconventional comedy sequences. He hails from the Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh
. He has an excellent fan base in India. In 2005 he played the leading role and wrote the screenplay for the film; Main Mere Patni Aur Woh that got him positive reviews. He also earned great applaud for his comic roles in movies like Hungama, Waqt: The Race against Time, Malamaal Weekly and Chup Chup Ke
Gauging the trend of the contemporary film industry the lead actors have also made their foray into the comic genre. Sanjay Dutt
, Akshay Kumar
, Amitabh Bachchan
, Saif Ali Khan
, Shahrukh Khan
, Salman Khan
, Suniel Shetty
, Bobby Deol
, Akshaye Khanna
, Rahul Bose
, Ajay Devgan
, Riteish Deshmukh and others from time to time tried their hands in the comedy films. It is amazing to notice how these leading men, who fight and win the heroine, can play the roles of simpletons and make the audience roar with laughter.
The female actors are in no way lagging behind the male actors as afar as comedy is concerned. Shobha Khote teamed up with Mehmood to entertain the audience. She was also part of some of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee films like Golmaal with Utpal Dutt, Amol Palekar and Bindiya Goswami. The later cinema witnessed leading actresses like Juhi Chawla
, Karisma Kapoor
, Rani Mukherji
, Katrina Kaif
, Kareena Kapoor
and other actresses in comic roles.
is an Indian comedian has appeared in more than 120 Hindi language films. His acting and dancing skills gained him widespread attention among film viewers. He later gained worldwide fame as a Bollywood icon for his comedy films like Shola Aur Shabnam, Aankhen, Coolie No.1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Partner