When we think of Bollywood, there is a stereotypical image that comes to mind. But take out the songs, the often campy dialogue, or the terrible kisses, and you’re left with a catalog of brilliantly quirky films that have done their own thing.
1. Beats of Jhankaar
Rahul Bose wholly owned this film, which felt like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise claustrophobic Bollywood ecosystem of mediocrity. It revolves around two best friends who make up for the drudgery of the business by entering a group competition every year. The music is excellent and the script still holds up after all these years.
Raj and DK always do things a little hatke, and this little-known 2009 crime comedy was no different. It starred Kunal Khemu and – wait for it – Cyrus Broacha in the lead roles of two petty criminals who get caught up in a big racket. Think belly of delhibefore polishing.
3. Delhi Belly
After 99, the natural progression was to lead to this seminal film. Tashi, Arup, and Nitin’s antics are still hilarious to this day, and we can never give them enough credit for spawning the “Sir, yeh toh tatti hai” meme. We need more movies like this!
An outrageous acid trip of a movie, the plot revolves around the character of Saif discovering he is terminally ill and as a result embarks on an epic adventure involving drugs, cops and even a bit of love. To hell with the critics, watch this fucking movie!
Who knew Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu could be such a deadly combination, not just for viewers, but for each other. This dark comedy had twists around every corner, and it didn’t hold back the noir.
6. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
The combination of Gulshan Devaiah’s dual role, an experimental script unlike anything else in Bollywood, and an endearing (if bloody) performance by Abhimanyu Dasani as Surya makes this one of the best films of the 2. last decades. No question.
7. Go Goa Gone
Everyone is desperately waiting for the sequel to this iconic Bollywood zombie movie. Saif’s stunt doubles are still quoted to this day, and the overall stoner vibe of the whole film is one we rarely see on the Indian big screen. Truly an instant classic.
8. Being Cyrus
Said Ali Khan seems to make a number of appearances on this list. 2005 To be Cyrus was a dark, comedic thriller about family, betrayal, and love that was rather ahead of its time.
This heartwarming comedy-drama is mostly set on the road and features the acting talents of Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salman and Mithila Palker. It’s a simple and emotional journey in more ways than one, both funny and moving.
This 2018 dark comedy stars Irrfan Khan as an abandoned lover who plots revenge on his wife after discovering she’s having an affair. The film also features Kirti Kulhari and Arunoday Singh.
11. Johnny Gaddaar
Neil Nitin Mukesh stars as a gangster who decides to double-cross his entire crew in this neo-noir thriller. However, things go horribly wrong and his plans to get away with the money and the girl face devastating consequences.