Comedies in Bollywood

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Comedies find a special place in the Hindi film industry and the genre has been popular with moviegoers for decades. When you watch a comedy movie, you leave all your troubles behind and laugh to your heart’s content. It is a three-hour stress-busting experience with youngsters, middle-aged and older audience all thronging to cinema halls to watch the latest Bollywood rib-ticklers. Three of the top ten grossing films of 2009- ‘De Dhana Dhan’, ‘Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani’, ‘All the Best: Fun Begins’ were comedies. The latest Bollywood movies to hit the theatres in 2010, ‘Housefull’ and ‘Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’ were comedies and given a thumbs up by the audience.

New Hindi movies, of late, are experimenting with different comedic genres. Comedies are divided into different types or genres such as black comedy, physical comedy, deadpan comedy, spoof and blue comedy. One example of a recent black comedy is Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Luck by Chance’, starring Farhan Akhtar. It recounts the story of an aspiring actor and his struggles to make it big in Bollywood. Another example is the Abhay Deol starrer ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ which received critical acclaim. Another cult-hit of the black comedy genre is ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ with Om Puri and Satish Shah in lead roles.

Films like ‘Dostana’ and Ritesh Deshmukh-starrer ‘Masti’ belong to the blue comedy genre with double meanings/double entendres and innuendos. Comedies such as these made references to homosexuality and gay culture, which were met with applause as well as criticism. Those applauding say that it is high time that Indians stop being conservative and learn to become comfortable with the concept of homosexuality. Critics say the gay community has been portrayed in an insulting way in Bollywood comedies, doing more damage than good.

From legendary movies such as ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, ‘Padosan’ and ‘Angoor’ to slapstick comedy ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’ and others such as ‘Hera Pheri’, comedy movies will always remain popular with the Indian audience.


Source by Kevin Fernandez

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