Bollywood film-makers are increasingly becoming experimental. At least this is what we like to believe! They are moving away from tried and tested formulas to deliver hits. Fresh, innovative content is finding its space. And, with this, we see a less explored genre of movies emerging – black comedies. These are stories that create humour out of unusual (rather serious) situations. Dark comedies do not guarantee a sure shot success, but their unpredictable storyline does arouse curiosity. Here are some recent movies doing justice to this genre.
This is the gripping story of a married man who does something unusual to make his boring life exciting. The movie ensures that there’s always something mysterious and mischievous going on. As the name suggests, the plot revolves around blackmailing. One call leads to the other, and there is a series of blackmailers. It’s exciting to see how the story gets complex with every subsequent scene. Adding to the drama is its ensemble of fine actors – Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta and Omi Vaidya.
This dark comedy starring Saif Ali Khan is as bizarre as its title. It is filled with elements that leave the audiences surprised. All the characters are caught in messy situations in what seems like the longest night ever. They make mistakes, run away from them and rectify them, making it relatable for viewers. And in true Bollywood style, there’s a happy ending to all the chaos. The movie also subtly gives a social message. It’s up to the viewers to take away the positives!
The audiences have always loved satirical comedy. Stand-up comedians across the world get a phenomenal response to such humour. The Jolly LLB series is black comedy that takes a jibe at law and order enforcement in India. The rich and powerful find it easy to wade through judicial procedures. It’s harsh reality, depicted in a humorous way. The dialogues in the courtroom scenes make the audiences laugh and brood at the same time. Delivering memorable performances are Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani in the first movie and Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor in its sequel.
This movie by perfectionist Aamir Khan grabbed eyeballs for many reasons. Three bachelors unknowingly fall into a gangster’s trap. What makes this hilarious (and weird) is the crappy situation that gets them into trouble. Literally! The use of expletive language throughout the movie made it quite popular among the youth. This film also has a Tamil remake called Settai. Delhi Belly did end up making the audiences feel a little uncomfortable in the belly!
A happy-go-lucky thief, played by the charming Abhay Deol, repeatedly gets away with his mischief. The cops love him, his friends love him, and the audiences couldn’t get enough of him. The movie was inspired by the life of a Delhi-based ‘super-chor.’ It won the National Award for the Best Popular Film in 2009. The support from Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Richa Chadda and other talented actors made this movie a complete entertainment package.