Amidst a list of exemplary and dramatic works that Bollywood has been showered with over the four seasons last year, be it an action packed Chennai Express to a bravura of a show like Ramleela, there have been other non-mainstream actors who have made us go all lot-pot rip roaring in laughter. Yes, some of the most important characters that kind of made us smile and rather laugh our hearts out deserve a special mention.


While most films decided to take us through the emotional wringer, like the usual dose of Bollywood’s emotional atyachaar, there were few actors who tried to bring us back with their perfect comic timing and humour splattered all around.

Here’s raising a toast to the best comedians of the year!

Saurabh Shukla for Jolly LLB

Saurabh Shukla in a still from 'Jolly LLB'
Saurabh Shukla in a still from ‘Jolly LLB’

Although most might beg to differ but this Arshad Warsi-Boman Irani flick got supremely lifted, thanks to a vehemently convincing comic act by ace actor Saurabh Shukla. As the judge in the court room, Shukla outstandingly added to the film’s satirical approach, and his funny one liners were witty and humorous. When he made the convicted go murga in the court room, much like the Indian paathshala, he ironically portrayed the decadent judicial system and the court room decorum that’s prevalent today. Brilliant and rib tickling, Saurabh Shukla was the real hero behind Jolly LLB!

Uday Chopra for Dhoom 3

Uday Chopra in a still from 'Dhoom 3'
Uday Chopra in a still from ‘Dhoom 3’

He did only one successful franchise film all throughout his life and yet get criticized for even thinking of acting. But let’s face it, Dhoom would not be the same without Ali’s mad histrionics and those wild fantasies coming alive on screen. Definitely a little better than the ACP who tries way too hard to punctuate his constipated expressions to full throttle, Uday scores over an otherwise stronger actor Abhishek, thanks to his comic timing and his impeccable character analysis. Ali can never have a different face and even if Uday decides to quit films, Dhoom would remain incomplete without the Ali seasoning!

Siddharth for Chashme Baddoor

Siddharth in a still from 'Chashme Baddoor'
Siddharth in a still from ‘Chashme Baddoor’

Look at this man and be awed. He is not the conventional Hindi film hero. Check. He does not have those looks-to-die-for. Check. His intensity is enchanting. Check. Yet he delivers something as nonsensically awesome that we feel like falling in love with him. The young buddy film Chashme Baddoor was livened up by Siddharth’s mesmeric performance as we want gaga over his adept comical skills. Never knew this guy from Rang De Basanti had so much variety to offer, man!

Divyendu Sharma for Chashme Baddoor

Divyendu Sharma in a still from 'Chashme Baddoor'
Divyendu Sharma in a still from ‘Chashme Baddoor’

He had spell bounded us with a terrific laughter ride of a debut in Pyaar Ka Punchnama and when he returned back on screen, he made sure that his comic caper act stood out in the David Dhawan directorial. What we call the perfect choice for the role, Divyendu delivered a flabbergasting performance yet another time, leaving our stomachs aching with laughter, literally! Him trying to impress the girl with his poetry was abso-flippin’-lutely fantastic.

Varun Sharma for Fukrey

Varun Sharma in a still from 'Fukrey'
Varun Sharma in a still from ‘Fukrey’

In an Era where films are projected as mere commercial entertainers, with a motive of earning quick bucks, some directors seem to have taken an altogether different route. Fukrey being one such special film stood out because of its treatment. Undeniably a nice watch, Fukrey would have been almost nothing without its Choocha, aka Varun Shrama. The fukra who marveled with a strong screen presence tickled the funny bones well. Good job, indeed!





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