Slapstick Comedy (n) – a comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events.
Making people laugh is no funny business, it may even take more effort than enacting a serious role. There’s so much that goes into cracking up the audience – the plot, the timing, the expressions, the pauses and especially the fact that you need to maintain a straight face. You can’t start laughing before you even articulate the punchline or emotion. Because that would just be a buzzkill, wouldn’t it? Unless your laugh is an infectious one.
The best actors have been people who mastered the art of comedy – Charlie Chaplin, Robin Williams and Rowan Atkinson to name a few crowd favourites. Amongst all genres of comedy, slapstick is the one that stands out because it’s so innocent and relatable in its efforts. It is downright nonsensical and that’s where it never fails at surprising people. The element of surprise is what cracks ‘em up!
Bollywood has its own fair share of ace comedians – Mehmood, Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever among many others have the power to leave their audience in bursts of laughter without even uttering a word at times. They’re so famous that merely a thought of their popular scenes can make us smile or let out a chuckle.
So if you’re looking for a funny movie to watch after a tiring day, we’ve got just the list for you!
Well if you don’t already know about this masterpiece then you’re living under a rock. When do mastaane (Aamir Khan and Salman Khan) set out on a mission to marry a rich girl, they face many crazies and Teja’s along the way. It gets awkward and highly messy, and by the end, you realise you haven’t gone without laughing even for a minute.
The catchphrases in the movie will haunt you for good and the performances will leave you in guffaws for sure.
Priyadarshan is known for creating hilarious movies. He has a set of favourite actors who always star in his films and turn them into a rollercoaster of pure humour. Hungama is one of the best comedy movies by his clan that is based on three simpletons, their love triangle, and somehow a middle-aged married couple that gets in the middle of all this romantic drama.
Brace yourselves for the grand scene that brings together all the characters, leading to a chaotic yet comedic climax.
When a charmer like Ranbir Kapoor tries his hand at slapstick, it is a spectacle of pure joy. This one’s a romantic comedy where the boy meets girl and tries to impress her with clumsy dance moves and madcap gestures. The movie is almost a comic book brought to life; it’s full of colour, loud emotions and naive love.
Katrina and Ranbir hit it off quite well in the film and champion their comedic timing. So if you’re looking for an eccentric romantic comedy, stream this one now!
Golmaal movies are based on a bunch of screwballs who always end up in the middle of serious criminal activities. Rohit Shetty’s successful venture is all about relatable humour and unlimited fun. They say you need to place your head outside the theatre before you watch these because logic is not their forte.
Amusing situations and embarrassing plot twists bring alive the Golmaal series. If you need a break from reality, this one’s definitely for you!
The light-hearted yet passionate and innocent charm of this film resonates with the aura of Chaplin. The ardent love that Ranbir’s character emotes without saying a word will leave you in complete awe of him. While it’s not exactly a comedy, it’s a blissful experience.
Child-like humour is the true spark of this film and it’s animated characters are brilliantly portrayed by Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor.
If these movies don’t cut it for you, Mahmood’s Padosan and Bombay to Goa will definitely crack you up and you can continue binging on Ishq and Hera Pheri after.
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