There’s something about comedy movies. If done right, you can watch them again and again without getting bored. It can look rude or cringe if done over the top. But there is another section of comedy films. The ones that were box office disasters upon release. But over time, audiences warmed to these films and saw how fun they were to watch.
We’ve compiled a list of 11 such comedy movies that blew up at the box office but were actually funny. Read on to find out more.
1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Shakti Kapoor as the lead actors, the film was declared a huge flop upon release. But slowly the film became the cult classic it is today.
2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
3. Chup Chup Ke (2006)
The film received mixed reviews upon release despite featuring an ensemble cast consisting of Rajpal Yadav, Paresh Rawal, Shahid Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Neha Dhupia. It’s only recently that the movie has started to get all the attention it deserves. From meme templates to Twitter feeds – the film is now gaining cult status.
4. Deewane Huye Pagal (2005)
Starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Rimi Sen and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles, the film was declared a box office flop. It was only later that the film received likes. The film has a characteristic chaotic humor often found in Akshay Kumar’s films.
5. Dhol (2007)
The film received critical acclaim upon its box office release. But over time, audiences found some of the most creative one-liners and conversational humor in pop culture, making this film a sleeper hit.
6. Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008)
The film had a disappointing opening when it hit theaters. It stars Paresh Rawal, Akshaye Khanna and Genelia D’Souza in the lead roles. The film took an unconventional subject matter of a widowed father marrying his long-lost love and added Priyadarshan’s signature humor to the plot.
seven. Dooni Chaar (2010)
This comedy-drama family film was not well received at the box office. With bits of comedy, it’s also a slice of life movie. It has examples of situational humor and clean comedy – with some scenes being very relevant to middle-class families. Starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor in the lead roles, the film is a great family watch on movie night.
8. 36 Chinatown (2006)
9. Khatta Meetha (2010)
ten. Sunday (2008)
11. Go Goa Gone (2013)
The zombie comedy didn’t do well on its initial release. However, it slowly achieved the cult status it has now. Starring Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari and Saif Ali Khan as the budding Russian, the film is experimental but manages to tickle your funny bones.
Let us know which comedy movies you think flopped at the box office but are gems in the comments.