5 Unexpected feel-good comedies for the lockdown
You have seen and laughed your way through Chotisi Baat, Chasme Buddoor, Golmaal, Hera Pheri and Judwaa. But the directors of all 5 made other if not betters though less successful comedies during their ‘laugh’ time. Here is my list of less well-known comedies by the five mirth masters that can’t be missed.
1. Katha (1983): Sai Paranjpye is rightly celebrated for Chashme Buddoorwhich set a new benchmark for burlesque and banter, and also gave Farouq Sheikh and Deepti Naval an opportunity to display their comic timing. But I feel Sai was far more confident with her laugh lines in Katha, a risible re-telling of the tortoise & hare fable with Farouq and Naseer playing against each other with remarkable ease and fluency. Deepti Naval was the chawl chick with a big flower in her oiled hair whom both actors wanted to win. What a pleasure to see Farouq cast as the wicked wheeler-dealer. Sai named him Basu Bhatt after filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya who didn’t allow one of her best film Sparshto release.
2. Naram Garam (1981): So okay, you love Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke and Golmaal. So do I. Both have their quota of cute amusement. And they both have a massive ‘fun’ following. You can go back to these two Ha-ha-thons from Hrishida innumerable times. But when you’ve had your fill, try Naram Garamwhich according to me, is a peppier, perkier, more tightly structured and warmly humorous follow-up to Golmaalwith an outstanding comedy act by Shatrughan Sinha as a goon with a heart of gold that melts when he sees Swaroop Sampat. And by the way a totally neglected music score by R D Burman here including Shatrughan Sinha’s self-sung Ek Baat suni hai.