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The year 2008 has so far been a great tragedy for all Bollywood producers of comedy film. While action films like Race and Jannat have been hits, not a single comedy film has made its mark this year. Even serious, issue-based films like Black and White, Shaurya and now, Aamir are finding eager audiences. But nobody seems to even remember the names of comedies that are being released regularly and vanishing into nothingness.
Even big names are unable to rescue these comedy films. Krazzy 4 with Irrfan Khan, Rajpal Yadav, Arshad Warsi, Suresh Menon Juhi Chawla plus item numbers by Shahrukh Khan, Hritik Roshan and Rakhi Sawant bombed at the box office.
Don Muthu Swamy with Mithun Chakraborty failed to make the audience laugh. Hastey Hastey starring Jimmy Shergill, Nisha Rawal, Monishka and Rajpal Yadav did not tickle any rib. Shashanka Ghosh’s spoof of a Hollywood Western Quick Gun Murugun with Rajendra Prasad sank without any trace.
The Priyadarshan film Mere Baap Pehle Aap having a star cast of Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Genelia D’Souza actually made the audience yawn in sheer boredom.
The last big hits in the comedy genre were Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiya, Anees Bazmi’s Welcome, Sajid Khan’s Heyy Baby and the no-star comedy Bheja Fry, Munnabhai MBBS, Golmaal and Hera Pheri.