Bollywood is known for its slapstick comedies. But once in a while, under the layers of over-the-top acting and senseless plots, there are comedies that bowl you over with their amazing content. They usually hit out at political or social issues in a fun kind of way. These satirical comedies are rare in Bollywood but have slowly achieved the status of ‘cult’ films. So if you enjoy such films, these are the satirical comedy films you need to give a try.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
The 1983 film by Kundan Shah still remains one of the best satirical comedies Bollywood has ever produced. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapur, and Om Puri, the film takes a dig at politics, bureaucracy and media in India.
One of Bollywood’s highest grossing films in the box office, this Aamir Khan-starrer by Rajkumar Hirani exposed the nature of religion in the country and the differences it created in society.
Written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, the 2013 courtroom drama starring Arshad Warsi in the lead role hits out at corruption in the judiciary and the privilege of the upper class of get away with crime.
Oh My God
Another film challenging the religious system, this one starred Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in lead roles. It was based on a funny premise where a man files a case against God.
The Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao production was India’s official entry to the Oscars in 2011. It took a dig at the case of farmers’ suicide in the country, while also hitting out at politics and the media.
One of Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt’s best collaborationstill date, this film was a satirical take on the lack of compassion in the practice of medicine.
Shyam Benegal’s 1983 film was a satirical comedy on politics and prostitution, starring Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in the lead roles, along with Naseeruddin Shah.
One of Bollywood’s most recent satirical comedies, this Irrfan Khan-starrer exposed the grittiness of the education system in India through the story of affluent parents trying to get their daughter admitted to an English medium school.