A hearty laugh that leaves you gasping for air often forms some of the best memories. In most social gatherings, the person with a witty sense of humour is often the one with the largest crowd around them.
Similarly, best comedy actors also get the audiences to the theatres in droves. Equipped with great comic timing and panache for delivering lines in a funny manner, Bollywood has been home to several iconic comedians.
Here, we bring you some of the best comedians in Bollywood that are sure to brighten up even your dullest day with hearty laughs.
Undoubtedly, a name that can be given the title of the best comedian in Bollywood, Johnny Lever’s humour has spanned decades without losing its appeal. From his comical expressions to his ability to say the funniest lines with a straight face, this actor has kept audiences in splits of laughter for the past few decades. While he began his movie career in the 1980s, it was his role as Babulal in the film ‘Baazigar’ that got him national attention. His ability to provide comic relief even in the midst of a thriller movie makes him one of Bollywood’s best comedy actors.
A versatile actor, Paresh Rawal is able to portray a variety of characters effortlessly. From evil-laden villainous roles to iconic comic characters, this man does it all. His memorable portrayal of Teja in the movie ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ showcased his comic side in a wonderful way. Since then, he has been part of several leading Bollywood comedy movies such as ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’, ‘Chachi 420’ and ‘Hungama’, to name a few. His ability to embody every character in a unique way makes him the best comedy actor in Bollywood currently.
When talking about the best comedians in Bollywood, one cannot ignore the man with the best voice modulation – Javed Jaffrey. His ability to mimic other actors and comedians as well as modulate his own voice for that extra punch of humour make him one of India’s most beloved comedy actors. The voice behind ‘Roadside Romeo’ and the Indian translation of ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ had the audiences in guffaws of laughter. His iconic performance in ‘Dhamaal’ was a total stand-out for audiences even in the midst of a popular ensemble cast.
Who can forget the memorable and unique character of Bharat Bhushan in ‘Bheja Fry’? Whether he is being painfully slow in understanding what’s going on or delivering a comic line, Vinay Pathak has the ability to infuse laughter in any situation. His performances in several movies such as ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’, ‘Chalo Dilli’, and ‘Aaja Nachle’, among others, herald him as one of the best comedy actor in Bollywood.
Be it the infamous laughter therapy or the over-zealous nature of a college principal, Boman Irani has proved to be the best comedian in Bollywood. The actor may have joined Bollywood in his later years but soon proved that laughter and comedy have no age-limit. His performances in several movies such as ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’ and ‘Housefull’, have made him a household name and a beloved comedian.
This actor may have been overshadowed by some of Bollywood’s more contemporary actors initially, but he has certainly made a name for himself in the industry with his brilliant comic timing. A combination of hilarious dialogue-delivery and comical expressions make him one of India’s best comedy actors. He has delivered several laughter moments in his movies, such as, ‘Golmaal: Fun Unlimited’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ and ‘Dhamaal’. However, one of his most memorable performances is undoubtedly as RGV in ‘All The Best: Fun Begins’ with his iconic line “Dhondu, Just Chill!”
Lines such as “Hum angrezon ke zamane ke jailer hai” and the incredulous “Jail mein surang” are enough to have you giggling. Actor Asrani’s role in the hit film ‘Sholay’, is still remembered fondly by audiences. Be it his classic way of talking or his comical movements, this actor is certainly a one-of-a-king comic veteran. Some of his other memorable comic roles have been in movies such as, ‘Choti si baat’, ‘Chupke chupke’ and more recently ‘De dana dan’.
One of the best comedy actors in Bollywood in recent years, Rajpal Yadav, has delivered some of the industry’s most iconic lines. His spot-on comic timing and hilarious expressions have had audiences laughing with tears streaming down their cheeks. One of his most memorable performances has been in the movie ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’. His hilarious orange-painted look combined with his funny movements while running scared provided the perfect comic relief in the movie. Some of the actor’s other notable mentions include roles in movies such as ‘Chup Chup Ke’, ‘Dhol’, ‘Malamaal Weekly’ and ‘Hungama’.
The actor may not be active in movies currently, but he certainly ruled the comedy genre through the 1990s and early 2000s. One of the country’s most versatile comedy actors, Govinda has portrayed numerous comic roles effortlessly. His ability to deliver some of the most hilarious punch lines with comical expressions made him an audience favourite in no time. Some of the actor’s most notable mentions include ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’, ‘Shola aur Shabnam’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ and ‘Partner’. What garnered the actor huge success was his ability to portray a classic romantic hero or an action star while also being one of the finest comedy actors in the industry.
The ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar may have gained popularity owing to his martial arts training and superb stunts, but he is also one of Bollywood’s best comedy actors. Be it delivering the best comedy dialogues with a poker face or those beloved comical expressions, this actor’s ability to perform diverse roles make him a favourite among audiences. Some of his best comedy performances have been in the ‘Housefull’ series, ‘Welcome’ and the ever-memorable ‘wicked Sunny’ in the movie ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’.
Be it the loyal friend ‘Circuit’ in the ‘Munna Bhai’ movie series or the ever-mischievous Madhav in the ‘Golmaal’ films, Arshad Warsi has certainly emerged as one of the best comedians in Bollywood. While the actor is also an extremely talented dancer and singer, it is his talent for comedy that has set him apart from his peers and made him an industry favourite. While he is often cast in ensemble roles, he receives equal screen-time owing to his flawless comic timing and acting talent.
This talented actor is often associated with intense and serious roles, but he is one of the finest comedy actors in Bollywood. His iconic role as ‘Khoslaji’ in ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’ is one of the most popular roles the actor has performed. Also, who can forget the hilarious moments in the movie ‘Lamhe’ with the actor holding onto a stuffed teddy bear while getting into a whole lot of mischief in London. Along with being one of India’s most talented actors, Anupam Kher is also one of the best comedians in Bollywood.