10 Greatest All-Time Comedy Movies of Amol Palekar

10 Greatest All-Time Comedy Movies of Amol Palekar

7 Apr 18 @ 11:33 AM | By Ravi

Born on 24 November 1944, Amol Palekar played the common man on screen umpteenth of times making him the masses favourite. The actor-cum-director made his screen debut in Marathi films before appearing in Hindi movies with Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha in 1974. His image as a ‘boy next door’ made him popular in the 70’s and early 80’s which is still remembered fondly by cine-goers.

Though Amol Palekar has played a variety of roles but he is most remembered for his role in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's all-time classic comedy Golmaal for which he received his solitary Filmfare award for best actor in 1979; he also bagged six State awards for ‘best actor’ in his acting career. We pay tribute to the actor par excellence and bring to you 10 best Amol Palekar comedy films which are hard to forget. 

  1. Chitchor (1976)

    A simple love triangle, the story of Basu Chatterjee’s Chitchor revolves around Vinod (Amol Palekar) who falls in love with Geeta (Zarina Wahab). Geeta’s parents approve the alliance mistaking him for someone else. After a few confrontations the misunderstandings get cleared and Vinod marries Geeta. The film had an excellent music score by Ravindra Jain, which included songs in the voice of Yesudass and Hemlata, like Gori Tera Gaon, Jab Deep Jale Aana, Tu Jo Mere Sur Mein and Aaj Se Pehle.

  2. Damaad (1978)

    This comedy caper was directed by Rajat Rakshit where Amol plays an office goer who is ready to take the marriage plunge but secretly loves his neighbor. Damaad had Ranjeeta Kaur, Shreeram Lagoo, Keshto Mukherjee, Preeti Ganguli, Pinchoo Kapoor and Ashok Saraf playing important roles. Amol’s underplayed performance as a simpleton is nothing short of brilliance.

  3. Rajnigandha (1974)

    Directed by Basu Chatterjee, this film was an adaptation of Manu Bhandari’s story Yehi Sach Hai. Featuring Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha and Dinesh Thakur, the film was about Deepa (Vidya Sinha) who is in a relationship with Sanjay (Amol Palekar). She happens to meet her old friend where she comes across her ex-college lover (played by Dinesh Thakur) and is attracted to him. The film won the Filmfare trophy for the Best Picture in 1975.

  4. Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

    Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who follows Prabha (Vidya Sinha) to office everyday and silently loves her. He is outsmarted by Nagesh (Asrani) who impresses Prabha. Feeling humiliated Arun meets Julius Nagendranath (Ashok Kumar) who trains him to win Prabha back. Amol Palekar’s comic timing in this Basu Chatterjee directed comedy set the tone for his upcoming films.
  5. Gharaonda (1977)

    This Bhimsen directorial dealt with the story of buying a house in Mumbai which is everyman’s dream. Sudip (Amol Palekar) and Chaya (Zarina Wahab) belong to middle-class families in Bombay and work in the same office. They plan to buy a house which goes kaput. Sudip plans to get Chaya married off to his boss and acquire his wealth after his death that’ll enable them to buy a house. The film had gems composed by Jaidev and penned by Gulzar.
  6. Baton Baton Mein (1979)

    Basu Chatterjee’s 'Baton Baton Mein' was a story of two Bandra based Christian families in Mumbai. The film starred Amol Palekar and Tina Munim who play office goers and meet on a local train and fall in love. Amol’s portrayal as Tony Braganza was enacted to the ‘T’ by him. The songs by Rajesh Roshan became a rage and continues to be a part of many music lovers playlist.

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  8. Gol Maal (1979)

    Amol’s most iconic performance to date. It was the brilliant combination of Amol and Utpal Dutt which made the film an all time classic. Amol played the character of twins to save his job as his boss (played by Utpal Dutt) sees him at a football match after bunking office. Every character has been immortalized in this Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic which starred Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote, Manju Singh, Dina Pathak and David Abraham. The songs composed by RD Burman became chart busters which are hummed to date. Kishore’s ‘Aanewala Pal’ is an all-time composition.
  9. Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi (1979)

    ‘Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi’ was a dark comedy where Amol played a professor who believes that due to a dreaded illness his days are numbered. He plans to get his young wife married off to someone before he dies. Amol joined hands with director Rajat Rakshit again after ‘Damaad’ which had Ranjeeta Kaur playing her wife. The music was provided by Usha Khanna.
  10. Naram Garam (1981)

    After the success of Gol Maal the trio of Amol, Utpal and Hrishida were back with Naram Garam, which saw the then Miss India, Swaroop Sampat making her debut. Amol takes off from where he left in ‘Gol Maal’. The story was simple where again Amol is an employee in Utpal Dutt’s office and his boss falls in love with Amol’s fiancée. How Amol hatches a plan to marry her is what the story is about. The dialogues of Gulzar were hilarious and the tunes of RD Burman had the flavor of his father’s compositions.

  11. Rang Birangi (1983)

    Rang Birangi was the trilogy of the trio’s combination. The story was based about two cosmopolitan couples who don’t find anything exciting in their relationship. Deven Varma plays the sutradhar who gets both the couples entangled with each other. Utpal Dutt's role as the Police Commissioner named Dhurindhar Bhatawrekar was a treat as he stole the show from everyone. Amol was at his usual best as he extended his success rate at the box-office with this Hrishida directorial.