Amitabh Bachchan's comic act in 'Namak Halal' still brings a smile on people's faces. The actor who was known for his brooding image had also managed to tickle the funny bone in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Chupke Chupke'.
Who have thought that a serious actor like Pankaj Kapur could pull off a character like Harry Mandola in 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola'. Perhaps the best thing about the film, Kapur proved yet again that he is the best we have in the country as of now.
The 'bad man' of Bollywood, Amrish Puri surprised one and all when he played the 60 plus industrialist smitten by his grand daughter's nanny in 'Chachi 420'.
Art cinema's stalwart, Om Puri's perfect comic timing was first seen in Kundan Shah's 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' where the actor played a hilarious character called Tarneja. He later also delievred a memorable performance in 'Chachi 420'.
Tabu is known for her author backed roles like films like 'Chandni Bar', 'Astitva' and 'Namesake'. But the actress has also tried comedy in films like 'Biwi No 1' and 'Hera Pheri'.
The veteran Ashok Kumar surprised one and all when he played a lechorous old man trying to woo a much younger Rati Agnihotri in Basu Chatterjee's 'Shaukeen'.
Versatile actor Sanjeev Kumar's hilarious act in Gulzar's 'Angoor' is one of the actor's best performances. Based on 'Comedy of Errors' the film also featured Moushumi Chatterjee and Utpal Dutt.
They are known for their serious author backed roles. Some of them are huge commercial stars who have played the quintessential hero/heroine in films. But these actors par excellence also have shown immense versatility in comedy. We pick our favorite 14 actors whose comic act made our jaws hurt.
Be It 'Chalbaaz' or 'Mr Inidia' Sridevi's comic timing has always been perfect. She has also in the past earned critical acclaim for her role in films like 'Sadma'.
Theatre veteran and one of Bengali films best actor Utpal Dutt, showed his funny side in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Golmaal'.
He was almost written off as an actor but Sanjay Dutt bounced back with a warm amusing role of a gangster in 'Munnabhai MBBS' and followed up the hilarious act in the sequel 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. We are now eagerly waiting for the sequel.
The original action hero, Dharmendra gave a memorable performance in 'Chupke Chupke' which also featured Amitabh Bachchan. And who can forget the hilarious 'suicide' scene in Ramesh Sippy's 'Sholay' which is till date emulated?
The other stalwart of parallel cinema, Naseeruddin Shah played a rookie journalist in the hilarious 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' to perfection. The actor's comic side was also visible in 'Ishqiya'.
He is a veteran and a regular feature in almost all of Priyadarshan's comedies. Paresh Rawal juggles serious roles and funny roles with equal aplomb and that perhaps makes him one of the best in the industry. We are now eagerly waiting for him to do break dance in the forthcoming 'Himmatwala'.
Rekha's comic side was explored by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 'Khoobsurat'. The otherwise sensuous actress played the chirpy girl-next-door with elan in this film.