Akshay Kumar has always been a diverse actor, but if there is one genre he is the most reliable performer in for the last few decades is comedy. With his amazing comic timing and his commendable line delivery, he has acted in movies that have solidified him as one of the most bankable comic actors in India. The comedy movies he has acted in have gone on to become cult classics and are absolute bangers, and have made Indian audiences laugh wholeheartedly. Read on to find out more about Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies.
1. Hera Pheri
The comedy Hera Pheri, which was released in 2000 and was directed by Priyadarshan, starred Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty, and Akshay Kumar. The movie is a remake of Ramji Rao Speaking from 1989 in Malayalam, which was based on the TV movie See The Man Run from 1971. A follow-up to the movie, Phir Hera Pheri, was released in 2006. It is the Hera Pheri franchise’s debut entry. The movie went on to become a cult favourite over time. In an online survey run by The Indian Express, viewers selected it as the greatest Bollywood comedy movie of all time. It is easily Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movie considering its iconic status.
Neeraj Vora wrote and directed the comedy movie Phir Hera Pheri in 2006 for the Hindi-speaking audience in India. As the follow-up to Hera Pheri (2000), it features Bipasha Basu, Rimi Sen, Johnny Lever, and Rajpal Yadav in addition to Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal in the same roles they had in the first movie. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels served as inspiration for the main narrative. The movie was a huge commercial success after debuting on June 9th, 2006.
3. Garam Masala
Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen, Neha Dhupia, and Rajpal Yadav appear in Priyadarshan’s 2005 comedy Garam Masala, which is in the Hindi language. In 2005, it was released around Diwali. In recognition of his work at the Filmfare Awards, Kumar won the Best Actor in a Comic Role prize. The movie has developed a cult following and is recognised as one of the best humorous movies in Hindi. It is a remake of Priyadarshan’s own 1985 film Boeing Boeing, which was in turn a remake of the same-titled 1965 film, which was based on the same-titled 1960 French play. It is undoubtedly one of Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies.
Action comedy Awara Pagal Deewana, a 2002 Vikram Bhatt production, is a Hindi-language movie. Sameer wrote the words for the movie, and Anu Malik wrote the music. It has action sequences choreographed by stunt director Dion Lam, who also worked on The Matrix and Hong Kong action movies, and has a plot that is partially based on The Whole Nine Yards. It was noteworthy for its opulent and exotic song picturizations, stunts/action scenes by Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal, and Johnny Lever, who played the hilarious character Chhota Chhatri. 2005 saw the release of the sequel Deewane Huye Paagal.
Anees Bazmee directed and co-wrote the comedy Welcome, which Firoz Nadiadwala produced in 2007. It was made in Hindi. Songs and the score were written by Sajid-Wajid, and Anand Raj Anand and Himesh Reshammiya composed the music. Leading parts in Welcome are played by Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Mallika Sherawat, and Paresh Rawal. Malaika Arora was hired for an item number, and Sunil Shetty makes a cameo appearance. Khan made his final on-screen appearance in the movie before passing away in 2009. The central plot is based somewhat on the 1999 comedy Mickey Blue Eyes. This slapstick comedy movie definitely counts as one of Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies.
6. Bhagam Bhag
The comedy-thriller movie Bhagam Bhag was produced and directed by Priyadarshan in India in 2006. With Tanushree Dutta making a special cameo, the ensemble cast includes Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta, Rajpal Yadav, Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Manoj Joshi, Razak Khan, Sharat Saxena, and Asrani. It went on sale on December 22, 2006. The primary inspiration for the story came from the 1995 Malayalam film Mannar Mathai Speaking, which in turn took its cues from the 1958 drama Vertigo.
7. De Dana Dan
Indian comedy De Dana Dan, which was released in 2009, was helmed by Priyadarshan. Parts of Priyadarshan’s own Malayalam film Vettam and the Hollywood movie Screwed were used to adapt the tale. Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, and Sameera Reddy are among the film’s ensemble cast. The first day of filming at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios was December 1, 2008. It was released on November 27, 2009, however it had a terrible box office performance.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a 2007 Hindi-language comedy-horror movie that was made by T-Series and directed by Priyadarshan, and is another of Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies. The cast includes Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Joshi, Asrani, and Vikram Gokhale. It is a remake of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993). Ranjit Barot and Pritam, respectively, created the music and the film score, and Sameer and Sayeed Quadri wrote the lyrics.
The Hindi-language political satirical comedy film Khatta Meetha was released in 2010 and was written and directed by Priyadarshan. It was also produced by Dhilin Mehta and Twinkle Khanna for the companies Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited and Hari Om Entertainment. The film, which stars Akshay Kumar and Trisha, is a remake of Priyadarshan’s earlier 1988 Malayalam film Vellanakalude Nadu (1988). Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Johnny Lever, Aruna Irani, Urvashi Sharma, Makarand Deshpande, Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Joshi, Milind Gunaji, and Neeraj Vora also appear The plot centres on Sachin Tichkule, a poor contractor who encounters mishaps that cause him to lose contact with his closest family members because he is unable to resolve his differences with the corrupt local administration and his family. But just as he starts to change, justice shows up at his door.
10. Heyy Babyy
The cast of the 2007 comedy Heyy Babyy includes Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Vidya Balan, and Boman Irani. The central plot of the film is partially based on the Malayalam film Thoovalsparsham (1990), which is a remake of the American film Three Men and a Baby (1987), which was itself a remake of the French film Three Men and a Cradle. Sajid Khan is the director of his first feature-length production. Positive reviews followed its August 24 release, making it an easy mention in a list of movies that enumerate Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies.
The romantic action comedy movie Deewane Huye Paagal was produced and directed by Firoz A. Nadiadwala in 2005. It is an independent follow-up to the 2002 movie Awara Paagal Deewana. Shahid Kapoor and Akshay Kumar both appear in the movie. Suniel Shetty, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal, and Rimi Sen. Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani both make cameos. It had a mediocre box office performance but is today regarded as a classic. In India, the cast’s performance is highly regarded.
David Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala worked together to create the 2004 Indian romantic comedy film Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in the Hindi language. Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Priyanka Chopra star in the movie, which marks their second collaboration together following the popular love musical Andaaz (2003). Amrish Puri, Kader Khan, Satish Shah, and Rajpal Yadav make up the supporting cast. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, which is mostly set in Goa, recounts the exploits of two men (Khan and Kumar) as they attempt to capture the heart of a woman (Chopra).
13. Singh Is Kinng
Anees Bazmee and Suresh Nair wrote the screenplay for the action-comedy movie Singh Is Kinng, which was released in 2008 and is in the Hindi language. Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Om Puri, Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Javed Jaffrey, Sonu Sood, and Sudhanshu Pandey are among the actors who appear in the movie. In the movie, Happy Singh (Kumar) is dispatched to Australia to help reunite mafia boss Lakhan Singh (Sood) with his sick father but instead encounters trouble and love.
In 2010, Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala released the comedy-drama film Housefull in India. The film is partially based on the 1998 Tamil play Kaathala Kaathala. Anvita Dutt penned the dialogues, Nadiadwala wrote the plot, and Rameshwar S. Bhagat was the editor. It turned became the opening chapter in the Housefull series. This series definitely makes for Akshay Kumar’s best comedy movies.
15. Rowdy Rathore
Rowdy Rathore is a 2012 Hindi-language action-comedy movie that was made by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala for UTV Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions. It was directed by Prabhu Deva. The film, a remake of the 2006 Telugu hit Vikramarkudu directed by S. S. Rajamouli and starring Akshay Kumar in dual roles as a heroic police officer and a thief, is based on an original narrative by V. Vijayendra Prasad. Along with Nassar as the main antagonist, the movie also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Gurdeep Kohli, Yashpal Sharma, and Paresh Ganatra in supporting parts. Tamil actor Vijay also makes a cameo appearance.
We hope that this list helps you revisit some classics and draws some hearty laughs out of you. An incredible actor with immense range, Akshay Kumar continues to impress us with every single release, and you should definitely miss out on these iconic ones.