There’s something about comedy movies. If done right, you can watch them again and again without getting bored. It can look rude or cringe if done over the top. But there is another section of comedy films. The ones that were box office disasters upon release. But over time, audiences warmed to these films and saw how fun they were to watch.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 such comedy movies that blew up at the box office but were actually funny. Read on to find out more.

1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

Starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Shakti Kapoor as the lead actors, the film was declared a huge flop upon release. But slowly the film became the cult classic it is today.

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2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

The film is one of the best satires ever produced in Hindi cinema. It tells the story of two photographers facing rampant corruption. Directed by Kundan Shah, it had a cast of fine actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Kaushik and Neena Gupta. The film failed in the 80s because the concept of satire was quite new.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
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3. Chup Chup Ke (2006)

The film received mixed reviews upon release despite featuring an ensemble cast consisting of Rajpal Yadav, Paresh Rawal, Shahid Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Neha Dhupia. It’s only recently that the movie has started to get all the attention it deserves. From meme templates to Twitter feeds – the film is now gaining cult status.

Chup Chup Ke
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4. Deewane Huye Pagal (2005)

Starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Rimi Sen and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles, the film was declared a box office flop. It was only later that the film received likes. The film has a characteristic chaotic humor often found in Akshay Kumar’s films.

Deewane Huye Pagal
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5. Dhol (2007)

The film received critical acclaim upon its box office release. But over time, audiences found some of the most creative one-liners and conversational humor in pop culture, making this film a sleeper hit.

6. Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008)

The film had a disappointing opening when it hit theaters. It stars Paresh Rawal, Akshaye Khanna and Genelia D’Souza in the lead roles. The film took an unconventional subject matter of a widowed father marrying his long-lost love and added Priyadarshan’s signature humor to the plot.

Mere Baap Pehle Aap
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seven. Dooni Chaar (2010)

This comedy-drama family film was not well received at the box office. With bits of comedy, it’s also a slice of life movie. It has examples of situational humor and clean comedy – with some scenes being very relevant to middle-class families. Starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor in the lead roles, the film is a great family watch on movie night.

Dooni Chaar
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8. 36 Chinatown (2006)

This movie wasn’t your average Bollywood comedy movie. It was directed by Abbas-Mustan and was a mystery thriller comedy film. The film received mixed reviews. It has the characteristic twists of an Abbas-Mustan film, but it had excellent performances from Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever, Akshaye Khanna and newcomer Upen Patel.
36 Chinatown
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9. Khatta Meetha (2010)

Another movie from when Akshay Kumar was making good movies. The film took a very real concept and added bits of humor to it. The film was criticized for being too long (three running hours) and for unnecessary bits of drama. But audiences now love the movie for some of its funniest scenes.
Akshay Kumar in Khatta Meetha
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ten. Sunday (2008)

It’s probably the only Rohit Shetty film that didn’t do well at the box office. The only reason for his failure was that he was exploring a new genre of comedy: detective comedy, which was not very popular at the time. The film has an ensemble cast of Ajay Devgan, Ayesha Takia, Arshad Warsi, Vrajesh Hirjee, and Irrfan Khan to name a few. They make the movie a fun roller coaster ride.
Irrfan Khan Sunday
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11. Go Goa Gone (2013)

The zombie comedy didn’t do well on its initial release. However, it slowly achieved the cult status it has now. Starring Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari and Saif Ali Khan as the budding Russian, the film is experimental but manages to tickle your funny bones.

Saif Ali Khan in Go Goa Gone
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Let us know which comedy movies you think flopped at the box office but are gems in the comments.