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7 Bollywood Comedy Films Which Became Cult Movies

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7 Bollywood Comedy Films Which Became Cult Movies
7 Bollywood Comedy Films Which Became Cult Movies

Silent movies of Charlie Chaplin have demonstrated that comedy resonates with global audiences across barriers of countries, language and culture. But ever since dialogues appeared in Indian movies with Alam Ara being the ‘first Indian talkie’ in 1931, voice & dialogues have been used in myriad ways to appeal to the funny bone of the Indian audience.

We have compiled an eclectic list of 7 Hindi comedy movies which may or may not have enjoyed box-office success at the time of their release, but later on went on to acquire the status of cult movies!

  1. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Sharmila Tagore’s character is in awe of her brother-in-law Om Prakash’s character for his intelligence. Her husband, played by Dharmendra, decides to take up the challenge of fooling her brother-in-law and goes to work for him, impersonating as a driver. A hilarious comic story unfolds as the characters interact with each other. The movie is loaded with veteran actors like Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Asrani, David and Keshto Mukherjee. This film, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is highly remembered for Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan’s comic act which came in the same year when the all-time blockbuster Sholay was released.

  1. Golmaal (1979)

In this Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed movie, Amol Palekar’s character joins work in a company owned by Utpal Dutt’s character, a quirky man who discourages his employees from pursuing any hobbies. When Utpal Dutt’s character catches Amol Palekar’s character at a hockey match, he lies about having a twin to save his job and hence begins a hilariously twisted story of fabrications, amusements and chases. The movie is extremely appreciated for its subtle, and often, sub-textual humour.

  1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983)

Two photographers, played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani, who are employed by a newspaper editor to expose the scandalous activities of the rich, come across corruption by a builder and accidentally photograph a murder. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, directed by Kundan Shah, is a dark satire on the rampant corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, media and business, and stars an ensemble cast including Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta.

  1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

In this slapstick comedy directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the characters of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan belong to middle-class families but dream big. Both of them vie to win over the eponymous character of Raveena Tandon, a multi-millionaire’s daughter. Along the way, they run into a local gangster, played by Paresh Rawal. The movie boasts of a star-cast of Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, with Mehmood, Govinda and Juhi Chawla making guest appearances.

  1. Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999)

When the characters of Sanjay Dutt and Govinda, two mischievous brothers, play a prank on their father – played by Kader Khan – he sends them for work to Goa. They end up falling in love and go to great lengths to impress the girls’ father. Directed by David Dhawan, the movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Karisma Kapoor, Pooja Batra, Anupam Kher, Kader Khan, Aruna Irani, Paresh Rawal and Ashish Vidyarthi.

  1. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)

Land belonging to Anupam Kher’s character is grabbed by a goon named played by Boman Irani. In a bid to retrieve their land, Anupam Kher character’s son, played by Parvin Dabas, and his friends’ step in armed with a clever plan to fool the crook. Considered to be his best work, Khosla ka Ghosla was Dibakar Banerjee’s directorial debut. The movie stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Kiran Juneja, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak and Navin Nischol.

  1. Bheja Fry (2007)

The character of Rajat Kapoor invites trouble when he welcomes the character of Vinay Pathak, an aspiring singer, to his house. However, Vinay Pathak’s character realises the mess he has created and tries to amend things for Rajat Kapoor’s character, but causes more damage. Directed by Sagar Ballary, the film stars Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Milind Soman and Ranvir Shorey in lead roles.

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You will be shocked to see how the American audience responded to this billionaire boy club movie

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You will be shocked to see how the American audience responded to this billionaire boy club movie. The Hindi Film Industry has tried to emulate Hollywood over the last many years now. The real question is that while the Indian filmmakers have, many a times, sought inspiration from Hollywood and adopted best practices, will the Indian audience also take a cue from their Hollywood counterparts in standing up for what is right?

This comes after the astonishingly indifferent response to the release of the movie Billionaire Boys Club, released in July 2018. The movie grossed only $126 on its opening day! And this was because the movie starred Kevin Spacey – someone who is facing at least 30 accusations of assault. And it was surprising to witness such solidarity from an audience, which is otherwise divided between geographies, age-groups, cultures and preferences. And it was not just the audience which was sensitive towards the serious charges, Netflix fired Spacey from the popular series House of Cards, in which he played the lead role, and also cancelled the Gore Vidal biopic which was starring Spacey.

This stand sends out a clear message – neither consumers nor fraternity will associate with someone who abuses the social fabric and/or the law. But this is the stand taken by people in the USA. When would the people in India respond in a similar manner to the inadequacies of public figures? We love to compare Hollywood and Bollywood, but the response received by the #MeToo campaign in Hollywood is completely different from the response received in Bollywood.

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Although the honourable Indian courts have given their verdicts, in cases presented before them, of public figures stepping on the wrong side of the law. Also, the public figures in question have sincerely abided by the legal sentence meted out to them. But we only wish that the Indian audience and the Indian fraternity bring out a stronger front in times of displaying a collective conscience which is India.

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Desi girl priyanka chopra got officially engaged with videshi munda Nick Jones!

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Desi girl priyanka chopra got officially engaged with videshi munda Nick Jones!

India’s hottest export to United States is finally going to be paraya dhan now. While our beloved PC jumped up the career flight and took off to a grand air time riding high on Quantico seasons, Baywatch and numerous other assignments in Hollywood, she bought us fame and pride by being an honorary guest at the Royal wedding of the year in Britain.  This was just enough for some next Barailey girl to dream big but then despite having being rumored to have had affairs with top guns in India , Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor she gives us a top rated jhatka.  While dating some Hollywood singer was yet ok ,we are going crazy when then singer turns out to be an American heartthrob, Nick Jonas , voted sexiest man in US. I am sure Mister Trump will be revisiting his H1 policies cause Punjabi kudis have now balls now not just to steal your work sir they are now stealing your most desired men.

Here we are fans, freaks hold your breath cause our sexy golden bikinied Punjabi Desi girl is now engaged officially in Indian aunty norms by her Roka to Nick Jonas. Yay,yay , yay you heard it right. It was an official typical Roka affair with Pooja,gold and Punjabi suits.
Well,well ,well, we are wondering how’s the wedding gonna be!
Stay tuned for more and feed your fodder mills with latest Roka pictures till then!!
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Burning Man – a city which appears only for a week, and then disappears every year

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Burning Man – a city which appears only for a week, and then disappears every year

Can you imagine the existence of some sort of a temporary city, which is inhabited by revellers for only about a week every year? As a matter of fact, something like that does exist! Burning Man is an annual event in western USA at Black Rock City – a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, approximately 160 kms north-northeast of Reno city. The late summer event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by ten main principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace. The event takes its name from its culmination, the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on the Saturday evening of the event.

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Burning Man – a city which appears only for a week, and then disappears every year

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First held 32 years ago in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and Jerry James who built the first “Man”, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September. Burning Man 2017 was held from August 27, 2017 till September 4, 2017, and its 2018 edition will be held from August 26, 2018 till September 04, 2018.

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At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, which are created to be enjoyed by all participants. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one’s unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged and actively reinforced. Some of these generous outpourings of creativity can include experimental and interactive sculpture, building, performance, and art cars, among other media. These contributions are inspired by the yearly theme, which is chosen by the organizers.

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Year Attendance
2010 51,515
2011 50,000
2015 70,000

The press/media once described Burning Man as “an esoteric mix of pagan fire ritual and sci-fi Dada circus where some paint their bodies, bang drums, dance naked and wear costumes that would draw stares in a Mardi Gras parade.

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Over the years, co-founder Larry Harvey has faced criticism for turning Burning Man into a cash cow. In 2014, he transitioned Burning Man from private ownership to a non-profit organization with 70 employees and a budget of $30 million. Harvey remained deeply involved as a member of the organization’s board and “chief philosophic officer”. Some critics often likened Harvey to guru leading a cult, though he resisted that depiction.

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A blog called Desert Hope describes it as, “The event has been called a beacon of hope for humanity and a spiritual journey, and a literal orgy of wanton sexual encounters and substance abuse. The two perspectives may seem dichotomous, but that tension could be the best representation of what the Burning Man gathering is, and what it represents to people who partake and to people who don’t get it. What happens at Burning Man – both the good and the bad – can seem confusing and exciting, dangerous and liberating, and everything all at once”.

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We just hope that each attendee is judicious enough to make a conscious choice to partake in activities which fall under the purview of the law of the land.

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