Dark comedies of Bollywood that should be on your watchlist

Check out the list to get some good recommendations of Bollywood dark comedies.

Dark comedy is one of the most popular and beloved movie genres among the cinephiles. This type of cinema makes fun out of a very serious and heavy concept. These films mock any personal or social phenomena in a very humourous and sarcastic way.

Bollywood has been producing dark comedies since a long time and some of them are considered as masterpieces in terms of filmmaking, storytelling and social relevance.

  1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983): Directed by Kundan Shah and starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri in lead roles, 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro' is considered as one of the finest dark comedy movies ever made in India and the film truly works as a mirror of the society. It revolves around two newspaper photographers who are tasked to expose the corruption by rich people and as the story unfolds, they happen to experience some serious events. The film talks about capitalism, corruption, common people' struggle of getting job and several other social issues in a very hilarious and sarcastic way.
  2. Newton (2017): 'Newton' revolves around an honest and sincere government servant Newton Kumar, who goes to a remote village in Chattisgarh for election duty, and how he overcomes all the challenges and difficulties to conduct a fair election. The film is a brilliant dark comedy that shows the other side of Indian election system and situation of backward people in our country. The film has a brilliant cast and all of them are great in their respective roles.
  3. Andhadhun (2018): Directed by Sriram Raghavan and based on the French short film 'L'accordeur', 'Andhadhun' is a dark comedy crime thriller movie that will put you at the edge of your seat. It tells the story of a piano player Akash, who pretends to be blind and accidentally witnesses a murder. The film is great in every aspect of filmmaking and once you finish watching the film, you will just keep admiring Ayushman Khurrana for his excellent portrayal as the protagonist.
  4. Pushpaka Vimana (1987): The film tells the story of a poor and unemployed youth who happens to experience rich lifestyle in a lavish hotel. The film is silent, hilarious, realistic, thoroughly entertaining and gives a very important message at the end. Direction by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao is absolutely flawless and Kamal Hassan's portrayal as the protagonist will make you realise how great and effortless performer he is! The film received National film award for Best Popular Film and is equally relevant even after so many years of its release.
Also 'Delhi Belly', 'Kaalakaandi', 'Blackmail', 'Lipstick Under my Burkha', '7 Khoon Maaf' are some of the best Bollywood dark comedies you simply cannot miss.