5 Times Bollywood Nailed Satirical Humor 

Comedy is one of the most celebrated genres across the globe. Over the years, Bollywood has experimented with the genre, by adding layers to the kind of humor being portrayed. Satire is one such kind of comedy that has received much love from audiences. Here’s a list of 5 best satirical dramas that have managed to tickle our funny bones, along with a message that left us thinking for days:

List of five best satirical comedies in Bollywood

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro


Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light. Jaane Bhi Do is a 1983 Hindi comedy film directed by Kundan Shah and produced by NFDC. It is a dark satire on the rampant corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, news media and business, and stars an ensemble cast including Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta.


Phas Gaye Re Obama

Phas Gaye Re Obama is a 2010 Bollywood satire film directed by Subhash Kapoor and starring Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi and Amole Gupte in the lead roles. Phas Gaye Re Obama is a satire film set against the backdrop of global recession/meltdown that originated in the US.


Karwaan is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language satirical road movie written and directed by debutant Akarsh Khurana, produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Priti Rathi Gupta. The film stars Dulquer Salman, Irrfan Khan, and Mithila Palkar. The film marks the Bollywood debut of Dulquer Salman. Karwaan will hold its World Television Premiere on November 24 at 8 pm only on Sony MAX.

Peepli Live

Peepli Live is a 2010 Indian satirical comedy film that explores the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response. Peepli Live was India’s official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category, although it was not nominated.


Jolly LLB

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Jolly LLB is a satirical comedy film, written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. The film revolves around the early life of lawyer Jagdish Tyagi a.k.a. Jolly (played by Warsi) and focuses on his attempt to earn six innocent wage earners their rights and his journey against the monopolistic behavior of the rich and judicial corruption. The storyline is inspired by the 1999 hit-and-run case of Sanjeev Nanda and a minor reference to Priyadarshini Mattoo case.


Ketki Varshney

Sr. Copyeditor at QuirkyByte
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