It would be an understatement to say that Amitabh Bachchan is an excellent actor. Although he was tagged as the ‘angry young man’, the Big B was equally impressive in comedy films, even more in two-hero comedies. Here are few Amitabh Bachchan comedies you shouldn’t miss.
Namak Halal is a true masala entertainer and showcases the usual antics associated with a commercial Bollywood film. While the vivacious Shashi Kapoor plays a rich playboy, it is Amitabh Bachchan who steals the show as the genial Arjun Singh. Action, romance, comedy, drama, the Big B manages to shine in every scene. It helps that he had some of the best lines in the film. His iconic dialogue, “I can talk English, walk English and laugh English because English is a very 'phunny' language,” is phunny even today!
Chupke Chupke is a comedy about a botany professor Dr. Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra) who pretends to be an eccentric driver. To complicate things, he ropes in his friend, Prof. Sukumar Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) to pretend to be Dr. Parimal. The result is a riot of laughter!
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan wasn’t Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s first choice for this rather small role. But we are glad the Big B became a part of this iconic film. After all, who can forget the harried professor of English who mistakes corolla for karela?
Hera Pheri is a typical Bollywood masala film from the king of potboilers, Prakash Mehra. It brought together the successful pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna. The duo played urban Robin Hoods and shared great camaraderie on screen. Despite being a serious actor, the Big B tickles the funny bone with his comic act. His antics in the famous song ‘Ye waqt ki hera pheri hain’ deserve a mention. The song starts as a devotional song and suddenly transitions into a peppy disco number, but the Big B manages to shine throughout it all with his impeccable comic timing!
Here’s one more comedic gem from the delightful duo Shashi Kapoor-Amitabh Bachchan. In Do Aur Do Paanch, the two play rival criminals who are usually after the same score. When they are assigned to kidnap a rich man’s son, they disguise themselves as school teachers to get the job done. This movie is ripe with great comic moments, especially when the pair tries to outwit each other. The two lead actors share amazing chemistry and if you loved their dramatic act in Suhaag you must watch this movie to see them at their comic best!
Bade Miyaan Chote Miyaan is a slapstick comedy and is considered as Big B’s comeback film. Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan are fellow inspectors who have an unhealthy rivalry. The film gets a hilarious plot twist when two look-alikes enter the scene. The combination of Govinda, Amitabh Bachchan, and director David Dhawan ensures that the film has more than a few laughs. Amitabh is in top form and the lead actors light up the screen with their chemistry. An added bonus is the cameo by Madhuri Dixit Nene dancing to the hit song ‘Makhna’.