Everyone like to ha-ha-ha. Comedy movies are always on the top notch among the audience whether it belong to Bollywood, Tollywood, Hollywood or any other cinema. The main USP of a comedy movies is that no matter how may times you watch it, does manage to tickle you the next time you watch it. Here i am going to present an article on Top 22 Bengali old comedy movie list which you should undoubtedly watch. Bengali cinema has a long history of making comedy movies which excellently explained the term “Family Entertainment”.
The movies which are mentioned below are worth to watch and all the movies belongs to 90’s. These all movies are old but remember that “Old is Gold“. I recommended all my Bengali movie lovers to watch all these old comedy movies atleast one time in your life. Don’t forget to share your personal experience with us. If you think differently and have anything in your mind related to Bengali old comedy movie list, then do let me know by commenting using comment box. Your comments or feedback are always welcome!! Let’s begin the list:
Bengali Old Comedy Movie List Which You Undoubtedly Watch
22. Bancharamer Bagan (1980)
Director: Tapan Sinha
Stars: Biplab Chatterjee, Dipanker Dey, Rabi Ghosh, Nirmal Kumar, Manoj Mitra
Bancharamer Bagan is one of the finest Comedy Bangla Movie of Tapan Sinha. Bancharamer Bagan, 1980 hit based on the play Sajano Bagan, will be directed by Aditya Sarpotdar. It’s an honour to get an opportunity to remake such an iconic play which was touched upon by a director like Sinha. Set in the 1950s-80s, Bancharamer Bagan is a simple story and a satirical comedy about a farmer Bancharam who undergoes a moral fight with the village zamindar to retain the ownership of his piece of land.
The mvoie shows the disaster of a poor man to find his feet in this big world. Both the original play and movie were composed by Bengali actor-writer Manoj Mitra who also played the protagonist Bancharam in Sinha’s film. You will see many clumsy actions, hilarious scene in the movie. This movie is kinda slapstick comedy. so it will be a new experience for you. Go and watch the movie and share your feedback with us.
Download: Bancharamer Bagan
21. Bhanu Pelo Lottery (1958)
Director: MGS Pictures Unit
Music: Nachiketa Ghosh
Stars: Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Jahor Roy, Kamal Mitra, Lily Chakraborty
Bhanu Chitrakar who earns a living selling earthen toys and singing. One day, he get a lottery ticket for the Luck Velky Lottery by his Kolkata-based friend Jahar, with the first prize of Rs 395,000. While Bhanu initially refuses to accept the ticket, he is finally persuaded into buying them, and goes to bed with the ticket stuck to his chest expecting the telegram announcing him as the winner to arrive anytime the next morning.
Bhanu receives the telegram informing him that he actually is the lucky winner of Rs 395,000. With Jahar in tow, he goes to Kolkata to collect his winnings. His embarrassment in the big city lead to numerous mistake, and things get more cpmplexed for him when Mini Mitra or Mimi (Lily Chakraborty), Jahar’s paramour, gives him her undivided attention with the intention of obtaining some of his prize money to forge a film production career for herself. When Jahar finds out that he is being cheated by his best friend, he threatens the latter with a gun. Bhanu escapes, and in the climax of a chase sequence, is shown flying through the air hanging onto a gas balloon, out of reach of his pursuers. The balloon however pops in the end and Bhanu falls straight into the Hooghly.
At this point, Bhanu wakes up and realises that the entire Kolkata episode has been a dream. Jahar now comes with the news that Bhanu has won the lottery in reality. But horrified at the thought of sexual politics and the loss of his best friend over money, Bhanu now has no desire for the Rs 395,000 and urges Jahar to distribute his winnings among the needy of his vilage.
Download: Bhanu Pelo Lottery
20. Ogo Bodhu Shundori (1981)
Director: Salil Dutta
Writer: Bibhuti Mukherjee (screenplay)
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Sumitra Mukherjee, Ranjit Mullick, Bikash Roy
Ogo Bodhu Shundori (English: Hey Beautiful Bride) is a Bengali old comedy movie and was one of the last films of the iconic Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, who died during production. A lookalike was brought in to stand in for Kumar during the final sections of the film, and younger brother Torun Kumar’s voice was dubbed in. The movie is a Bengali reworking of the story of Pygmalion, heavily drawing upon the hit British musical My Fair Lady. Music for the film is a high point. Sanjay Basu’s title track, which has been penned by the director himself, is pleasing to the ears.
Download: Ogo Bodhu Sundari
19. Basanta Bilap (1973)
Director: Dinen Gupta
Stars: Saswata Chatterjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, Kharaj Mukherjee, Subhasish Mukherjee, Anjana Bose, Kanchan Mallick, Sumit Samaddar and Lama Halder.
Basanta Bilap, 1973 hit and that tickled the funnybone of a generation of movie lovers, is the prime inspiration behind a comedy of today’s time. A contest of wit between a group of four young girls and boys, a rivalry that of course soon leads to romance. This movie has some of the best comic sequences ever!! The basic storyline might give the same feel, but this film has many more twists and turns. The film is an out-and-out comedy and has many stock characters such as the hapless cop, the over-enthusiastic parar dada, the enraged parents, the feminist female hostelites, their lecherous male counterparts and the drag. Music for the film is scored by Raja Narayan Deb. Let’s watch the movie and don’t forget to share your experience with us- Basanta Bilap.
18. Bibaha Bibhrat (1971)
Director: Ashim Bannerjee
Music: Shyamal Mitra
Stars: Anup Kumar, Nripati Chattyopadhyay, Utpal Dutta, Rabi Ghosh, Lily Chakraborty, Dwiju Bhawal, Renuka Ray, Gangapada Bose, Bharati Debi, Latika Dasgupta
Bibaha Bibhrat is the old Bengali comedy movie which follows the story of a boy who gets in trouble after his sudden mariage decision. When Anup Kumar and Rabi Ghosh get together, the comic timing can’t be better. Utpal Dutt plays the angry father and Lily Chakraborty plays as a young bride. It is a movie that guarantees both laughter and nostalgia. It is a movie which you should not miss it.
Download: Bibaha Bibhrat
17. Chaddabeshi (1971)
Writer: Subir Hazra (screenplay)
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Madhabi Mukherjee, Bikash Ray, Anubha Gupta, Tarun Kumar, Shamita Biswas, Jyotsna Biswas, Jahar Roy, Bankim Ghosh, Shubhendu Chattopadhyay, Ashok Mitra, Sutapa Bagchi
In Agradoot’s film ‘ Chaddabeshi’ it is quite strongly proved that without fun and comedy, humun life cannot have any exicitement. Abanish Sen (Uttam Kumar) the central character of the movie is a Botony professor as well as a new husband. When he come to know that his brother in law advocate Prasanta Ghosh (Bikash Ray) need a driver at his place Allahabad where he used to stay with family, Abanish made a plan to play a joke upon them. As per his plan, he went at Allahabad and put up as the driver selected after a comic interview.
Sulekha (Madhabi Mukherjee) came at Allahabad and told Prasantya & Labanya (Anubha Gupta) that being involve in some important work, Abhinash will come after a few days. But in between this plan, intimacy between the driver & Sulekha is noticed by Prasantya & Labanya. After facing ironicenquiry, Sulekha & Gowrhari alias Abhinash get out of the place without saying anything to anybody.
On the other hand Subimal (Subhendu) Abhinash’s friend come Allahabad as Abanish and started stayig with Binay (Tarun Kumar) [another friend of Abanish] and his wife Latika (Shamita Biswas) feigning anger at the absence of Sulekha who is supposed to be his wife. Apparently Subimal fell in love with Basudha (Jyotsna Biswas), sister of Binay Sen. After a huge drama finaly truth comes out. Engagement of Basudha & Subimal become the end of the drama which suppose to be their happly way to starting a life. To watch this movie free, click on the link: Chaddabeshi.
16. Charumurti (1978)
Director: Umanath Bhattacharya
Written: Narayan Gangopadhyay
Stars: Chinmoy Ray, Krishna Saha, Shambhu Bhattachayra, Rabi Ghosh, Satya Bandhopadhyay, Santosh Dutta, Kajal Gupta, Rita Sanyal
Charumurti is a hilarious film on the adventures of four high school students – TeniDa, Kabla, Pyalaram and Habul Sen. The four go to Ramgarh to spend the holidays in the bungalow of Jhantipahar wich was owned by Kabla’s uncle. The house was considered to be haunted. The eerie atmosphere, the ugly housekeeper, and some unnatural incidents condense the mystery. Kabla, TeniDa and Pyalaram probe into the mystery and get into a conflict with the imposter hermit Ghutghutanada, Gajeshwar and Seth Dhundauram. Ultimately, the trio, who were running a business for producing fake notes near the bungalow of Kabla’s uncle are arrested by the efforts of the courageous Kabla and TeniDa. It is one of the best old comedy Bengali movies which you should undoubtedly watch.
15. Mouchak (1975)
Director: Arabinda Mukhopadhyay
Writer: Arabinda Mukhopadhyay, Bharat Shamser, Jangbahadur Rana
Producer: Bharat Shamser Jangbahadur Rana
Star: Uttam Kumar, Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Ranjit Mallick, Ajoy Bandyopadhyay, Mithu Mukhopadhyay, Gita Dey, Rabi Ghosh, Ratna Ghoshal, Anup Kumar, Chinmoy Ray, Shekhar Chattopadhyay, Tapati Ghosh, Tarun Kumar
Nitish Roy who was a officer, lived in Kolkata, with his wife & brother Sitish. Champa is their servant; she loved Amiyo who was a taxi driver. Nitish’s wife loved Champa, but not Champa’s behaviour with Sitish. Sitish Roy got a service on a jute mill but the company was very far from their house. After seeing this, Mr. Chowdhury who was the manager of jute mill, proposed his daughter’s marry with Sitish. So Mr. Chowdhury invited Sitish to his house for lunch. Somehow, Sitish escaped from there.
On the other hand, Mr. Banerjee, who was a worker of jute mill, also wanted Sitish as his son-in-law. Sitish lived in front of Nipa’s house. Nipa was a school master’s daughter. Sitish got attracted to Nipa. As he keeps on peeping through the window. Nipa took it offensively and asked him to keep the window closed. But love blossomed between them & proposed each other. Finally Nitish meet with Nipa’s father and gave the proposal of their marriage on which Nipa’s father did not agreed. A humorous situation occurred when all the fathers of spinster arrived and demanded their daughter marriage with Nitish. Seeing this condition, Nipa’s father finally agreed to marry his daughter. The film ended happily.
14. Mahapurush (1965)
Director: Satyajit Ray
Writer: Satyajit Ray (Based on Birinchibaba by Parashuram)
Stars: Charuprakash Ghosh, Rabi Ghosh, Somen Bose, Satya Bandopadhyay, Haridhan Mukherjee, Satindra Bhattacharya, Santosh Dutta, Geetali Roy, Renuka Ray
Mahapurush or The Holy Man is a black comedy or sorts that focuses on corrupt godmen who con people and make money in the name of religion. The director points out that the coward (kapurush) and the genius (mahapurush) can exist within the same person. The performance by all the actors are good. Mahapurush O Kapurush tickles with quite a few chuklesome situations.
The first half is more entertaining and comical than the second. The storyline is predictable. The story is quite simple, a love traingle, beneath the surface a complex range of emotions are felt. The movie has a rich script carried off with much aplomb and relish by its cast. It is definitely once a watch and will certainly make you go back and revisit Ray. The story thereafter is a roller-coaster ride, somewhat similar to what we have seen in the cult film.
13. Jamalaye Jibanta Manush (1958)
Director: Prafulla Chakraborty
Music Director: Shyamal Mitra
Jamalaye Jibanta Manush, at a first glance is a comic love story with an innovative plot and hilarious dialogues. But if one looks carefully the film is actually a satire, a sarcastic take on the-then society. Bhanu Bannerjee at his best – teaching the ‘hum hum gudi gudi’ dance to the all the Apsaras in Heaven! Shyamal Mitra scored the music in the film. The movie features Bhanu Banerjee, Basabi Nandi, Shela Pal, Jahar Roy, Haradhan Banerjee, Shyam Laha, Ajit Chatterjee, Kamal Mitra, Pahari Sanyal, Chhabi Biswas, Tulsi Chakraborty, Gourishree, Nripati Chattyopadhyay, Aparna Debi & many others. It is a good movie to watch. There are many comedy scenes in the movie which never fail to make you laugh.
Download: Jamalaye Jibanta Manush
12. Dhanyee Meye (1971)
Director: Arabinda Mukhopadhyay
Stars: Jaya Bhaduri, Sabitri Chatterjee, Uttam Kumar, Robi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Jahar Roy, Partho Mukherjee, Haridan Mukherjee, Tapan Chatterjee
And finally a Romance Comedy that includes Bengali’s favorite sport – Football! Football is always popular among the Bengali audience. Uttam Kumar and Sabitri Chatterjee has an awesome chemistry in this film. Jaya Bhaduri plays the tomboyish young girl, along with a formidable comic lineup Jahar Roy, Robi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar and Partho Mukerjee. It’s a movie which is very close to every Bengali comedy movie fan. Awesome songs in the voices of Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey and Aarti Mukherjee.
11. kanchanranga (1964)
Kanchanranga is a 1964 Indian Bengali comedy, drama, family film released in 1964. The film is directed by Amar Gangopadhyay. The movie was written by Sambhu Mitra and features Tarun Kumar, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Bipin Gupta, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Gangapada Bose, Kumar Ray, Latika Bose, Sobhen Majumdar, Sunil Sarkar, Tripti Mitra in a lead role. The movie was produced by Chalachchitra Prayas Sangstha and edited by Madhusudhan Bandypadhyay and music by V. Balsara.
10. Dadar Kirti (1980)
Director: Tarun Majumdar
Writer: Story by Shradindu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Majumdar, Arun Mukhopadhyay (screenplay)
Stars: Tapas Paul, Debashree Roy, Mahua Roychoudhury, Ayan Bannerjee, Anup Kumar, Kali Bannerjee. Sandhya Roy, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Haradhan Banerjee, Shamit Bhanja
Dadar Kirti was based on an unpublished novel of Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The movie was a huge box office success upon its release and still has a popular following. The movie revolves around Kedar Chatterjee (Tapas Pal) who is a simpleton whose repeated failures in the B.A exams forces his father to send him to his uncle’s house in Bihar. His naive nature makes him the butt of all jokes at his uncle’s place. He is mocked at by his cousin Santosh’s (Ayan Banerjee) gang of boys led by Bhombal Da (Anup Kumar).
Kedar falls in love with Saraswati (Mahua Roychowdhury) at first sight. Bhombal grabs this opportunity to play a prank on Kedar. Thinking Bhombal has all good intentions in heart, Kedar does what Bhombal asks him to win over Saraswati. Saraswati even falls for Kedar not because of Bhombal’s many lies but because of Kedar’s simple nature. But Bhombal shows his true colour and creates misunderstanding between the two, leading to separation. Will the misunderstandings end between the two? Will Kedar and Sarawati meet? To know the answers, you have to watch the movie- Dadar Kirti.
9. 80 te Asio Na (1967)
Director: Sree Jayadratha
Music: Gopen Mullick
Stars: Asit Baran, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Jahar Roy, Robi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Kamal Mitra, Ruma Guha Thakurta
Sadananda was a poor old man of 80 years. He was neglected by his family – except his servant Madan. His wife was helpless & she had to obey her son’s orders. One day Sada’s friend told him that – scientists are researching how to get back the youth again. One day Sada went outside Bengal for a change. There he was riding a horse. Suddenly he fell down from the horse in a pond & miraculously he became young.
Everybody was stunned! Sada returned home to bring his wife there for a bath. In the meantime the police & administration barricated the pond. But Madan with a throwing machine (Nickname Gulti), he threw his master’s wife in the pond. She became young , but she was arrested by Police. Sada rescued her through a comical sequence. When they were coming back, police chased them. A comical fight sequence happens in the pond. Ultimately he was arrested. Sada wakes up from his dream & realises that he is still an old fellow. It’s really a good comedy movie to watch for everyone.
8. Lukochuri (1958)
Director: Kamal Majumdar
Music: Hemanta Mukherjee
Stars: Kishore Kumar, Anup Kumar, Nripati Chattyopadhyay, Mala Sinha, Bipin Gupta, Anita Guha, Rajlakshmi Debi, Nabyendu Ghosh
Lukochuri is a Bengali old comedy movie directed by Kamal Majumdar. It’s a unique movie both in style and execution. Kishore Kumar proves to be the king of comedy. The story revolve around Kumar who leaves home for a job in Bombay. His father forbids him to meet his twin brother Shankar who wants to give music to films and is in love with an artist. However, Kumar goes to Bombay an stays with his brother.
In the office, he meets Reeta with whom his friendship soon develops into love. Unknown Reeta’s sister, Geeta is the artist Shankar loves. The girl’s mother discovers Geeta with Shankar and forbids such atrocious conduct. She pesters her husband constantly to look for suitable bridgerooms. Shankar gets a break in a film as a music director but is soon driven up the wall by the illogical demands of the producer and the director who wants all types of music combined into one song.
The story go on around Kumar and his twin brother Shankar. The twins create a lot of humor and misunderstanding in the movie. On the day of marriage, a great confusion ensues as a result of the identity of the twins. But in the end, all problems and misunderstandings are resolved. You guys, atleast give a try to this movie. It is a good movie to watch.
7. Mohunbaganer Meye (1976)
Director: Manu Sen
Music: Hemanta Mukherjee
Stars: Rajshree, Dipankar Dey, Utpal Dutt, Sora Sen, Rab Ghosh, Jahar Roy, Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Nripati Chattyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Chinmoy Ray, Madhumita, Ruby Dutta
Mohunbaganer Meye is one of the best old Bengali comedy movies which you definitely like it. Only true Bengali fans will like this movie. The performance of all the actors was superb. The songs are really good to hear. The music was composed by Hemanta Mukherjee.
6. Personal Assistant (1959)
Music: Nachiketa Ghosh
Stars: Bhanu Bannerjee, Nripati Chatterjee, Tulsi Chakraborty, Amar Mallick, Pahari Sanyal, Tarun Kumar, Moni Srimani, Renuka Ray, Chitra Sen
Romapada gupta, better known as Roma gupta, is a jobless young man whose only dream is to become a famous author. His friend, Joy tries to get him a job as a radio mechanic but Roma’s carelessness costs him the job in no time. A good natured soul, Roma is also a friend of children who he teaches through songs. Joy forces Roma to apply for the post of personal assistant in a company that employs only women candidates. The managing director, Rubali Sen, is duped by Roma’s effiminate name and calls him for an interview. Roma gets the job for his efficiency and agrees to a five year contract in which time period he can’t leave the job without paying back the salary drawn… To know more, you have to watch the movie.
Download: Personal Assistant
5. Sriman Prithviraj (1972)
Director: Tarun Majumdar
Writer: Tarun Majumdar
Stars: Mahua Roychoudhury, Ayan Bannerjee, Utpal Dutt, Sandhya Roy, Biswajit Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Sandhya Roy, Chinmoy Ray, Santosh Dutta, Padma Debi
Sriman Prithviraj (English: Mr. Prithviraj) is a Bengali old romantic comedy movie that takes a comic take on child marriage. The movie has a cult following. Ayan Banerjee and Mahua Roychoudhury as the child-couple are still remembered lovingly. Such a simple story of love is entertaining as well as inspiring.
The comedy is exceedingly natural and free-flowing. It includes a number of beautifully rendered traditional Bengali songs and is punctuated by a series of stand-offs faced by the young boy, mostly with unfavourable results for the opposing party. At heart, it is a beautiful pre-pubescent/adolescent love story. It was a huge box-office success when it came out and is an oft-watched movie even today.
Download: Sriman Prithviraj
4. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969)
Director: Satyajit Ray
Writer: Upendra Kishore Raychowdhury
Stars: Tapan Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Santosh Dutta, Jahor Roy, Harindranath
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is a delightful, fun film for children of all ages. The film ran to packed houses in Bengal for a record fifty-one weeks and was by far the most commercially successful Ray film. After all, a movie with magic, beautiful songs, the antics of Goopy and Bagha, the dance of fat ghosts and memorably funny evil characters just could not go wrong.
Goopi and Bagha are two characters who meet in a jungle being banished by the King of their village. They by chance meet the King of Ghosts and he gives them three boons for their simplicity and innocence. Rest of the story revolves around how they use those boons for the betterment of Shundi Kingdom. Even though this is mostly touted as a children’s film, it, without doubt, features in every adult’s favorite list. The first movie in the Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne series which was made by Satyajit Ray, which became the longest running movie in the history of Bengal, running for 51 straight weeks! This movie is one of the best Bengali movies of all time.
Download: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
3. Sharey Chuattar (1953)
Director: Nirmal Dey
Writer: story by Bijon Bhattacharya, Nirmal Dey (screenplay)
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Tulsi Chakraborty, Molina Devi, Jahar Roy, Haridhan Mukherjee
Sharey Chuattar (English: Seventy Four and Half) is one of the best Bengali old comedy movie which you definitely watch. Imagine the chaos when a beautiful girl arrives in hostel full of bachelors! Director Nirmal Dey cast the most romantic pair of Bengali film history-Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen at their best and an even better chemistry between Molina Devi and Tulsi Chakraborty.
Download: Sare Chuattar
2. Galpa Holeo Satyi (1966)
Director: Tapan Sinha
Writer: Tapan Sinha
Stars: Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Jogesh Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Chaya Devi, Ajoy Ganguli, Bankim Ghosh, Bharati Devi
Tapan Sinha used to be considered a legendary story-teller after Satyajit Ray in the 50s and 60s. His films were related to classic literature of giant novelists. His casting was flawless. He chose actors and actresses who suited the respective role and he was an inspiration for all the directors of India. All the actors and actresses of the film performed to their limit. Tapan Sinha’s script and camera work were brilliant. Hrishikesh Mukherjee made the Hindi version of the film with the title Bawarchi. Although the film where Rajesh Khanna converted it into a romantic film got box-office success, the film reached nowhere near Golpo Holeo Satti in story-telling, acting performance and intellectual treatment.
It is one of the best Bengali old comedy movie which you should not miss it at any cost. Truth is, this Tapan Sinha classic is a mindblowing classic. A non-convoluted drama with a special message. And I give it to the director for roping in such fabulous actors who make this film seem a slice from everyday life. Never will you feel that they are playacting. Superlative natural performances, setting, costumes, dialogues and situations make this film so close to reality. Incidents that take place in this particular house shown in the film could have happened in my house, or in your house in the 60s. It is in black and white, a tint that makes old films even more enjoyable. Let’s watch this movie free- Galpo Holeo Satyi.
1. Hirak Rajar Deshe (1969)
Director: Satyajit Ray
Writers: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Rabi Ghosh, Tapen Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta
Heerak Rajar Deshe (In the land of the Diamond King) is the sequel to 1969 film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and the second installment of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne series directed by Satyajit Ray. The musician duo of Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (The Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to perform at the kingdom’s Jubilee Celebrations. But coming to the kingdom, they use their natural goodness and curiosity to find out that all is not well in the kingdom. There is exploitation of poor farmers and diamond miners. (Stay tuned with us for more articles related to Bangla movies).
Download: Hirak Rajar Deshe
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