These are strange times of uncertainty and anxiety-times that cause us to reflect on our own helplessness and fear of the unknown. The sweeping volatility of this pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in our personal and professional lives has definitely taken its toll. Bleak times call for the perfect antidote namely some old fashioned humor. Here is a list of some of the best Tamil comedies currently streaming that is sure to put you in great spirits.

Michael Madana Kamarajan [1990]

Stream on Amazon Prime and Sun Next

Possibly one of the greatest, if not the best among the many comedic collaborations of Kamal Haasan and writer Crazy Mohan, Michael Madana Kamarajan is the story of four brothers separated at birth only to reunite as adults. What ensues is a terrific comedy of errors that produces some of the most iconic rib-tickling dialogues which are impactful and fresh even after 30 years. This is one of the best Kamal Haasan comedies to date. Along with his trusted ensemble of phenomenally talented co-actors, he elevates the film to the cult status it enjoys today. With brilliant melodies by Ilayaraja, Michael Madana Kamarajan is a film that you could watch repeatedly and still, keel over in splits.

Boss Engira Baskaran [2010]

Stream on Disney+ Hotstar

Boss Engira Bhaskaran features Arya who plays Baskaran aka Boss, a wayward happy-go-lucky young man willing away his time with his best friend played by Santhanam. He exhibits no passion to achieve any goal in life until he meets a beautiful and conscientious teacher (Nayanthara). To get her attention, Boss and his friend start a coaching centre for students on a whim. The quick-witted verbal humour between Arya and Santhanam is genuinely funny and forms the main crux of the film. Boss’ interaction with his family, especially his brother, is very entertaining and the ludicrous coaching centre situations add to the laugh riot. A couple of hours of good comedy.

Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom [2012]

Stream on Sun Next

Fashioned as a psychological comedy-thriller, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom stars Vijay Sethupathy as a man who experiences retrograde amnesia two days before his wedding while playing cricket. This causes him to forget chunks of his life’s experiences including the existence of a fiancé. Hopeful that his memory will return, his three friends attempt to cover up his condition. This leads to various chaotic events that elicit plenty of laughs. Many of these instances are actually serious in reality but their treatment is hilarious. Interestingly, this movie is based on a real-life incident that happened to the cinematographer C. Prem Kumar, who is the director of photography for this film. Naduvula Koncham Pakkatha Kaanom is well worth a watch for its humorous intensity.

Thillu Mullu [1981]

Stream on YouTube, YuppTV

Thillu Mullu is a dream collaboration of cinematic luminaries, director K Balachander, writer Visu and Superstar Rajnikanth. A remake of the popular 1979 Hindi film Gol Maal, Thillu Mullu tells the story of Chandran, an office employee, played by Rajnikanth, who lies to his boss about his mother’s illness to get a day off from work. Unfortunately, he gets caught and is forced to fabricate a story about a twin brother. What follows is a potpourri of mayhem that is side-splittingly funny. The dialogues in the trademark Visu style are quick-witted and sparkling. The stellar acting performances of Rajnikanth and Thengai Sreenivasan are laudable. Thillu Mullu was also hailed by critics as K Balachander’s best comedy.

Kadhalikka Neramillai [1964]

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Kadhalikka Neramillai is a cult classic that will surely go down as one of the greatest comedies in Tamil cinema. Starring thespian actors like Balaiah, Nagesh, Muthuraman and Sachu, Kadhalikka Neramillai is a frivolous story about a rich estate owner wanting to settle his daughters and the two men who lay traps to ensnare their lady loves through disguises and false identities. The supporting track of a wannabe film director played brilliantly by Nagesh is undeniably one of the funniest parts of the film. But the real genius is Balaiah, who through his hysterical physical humor, produces the best moments on celluloid. Observe his reaction to Nagesh’s narration of a screenplay and you will know what I am talking about! With magnificent music by Viswanathan-Ramamurthy, Kadhalikka Neramillai is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys pure unadulterated comedy.

Stream indiscriminately, stay indoors, and stay safe!