While Hindi films are known for their musical format, they also explore other genres within that structure such as comedy, so here is a list of the 10 best comedy Hindi films. The Indian film industry literally churns out innumerable films every years. Their rate of production is steadfast, so its only natural that the variety of films coming from India every year encompasses everything from action to period romance. However, India's most fruitful endeavors would have to be comedy. With a flare for harmless fun, Hindi comedy films rarely delve into a crass sense of humor, but remain more or less in a more innocent, cartoonish arena of comedy. This is not a bad thing as Indian comedies are always refreshing to the sensibilities. Here are the ten best.

  1. "3 Idiots."  The title of this 2009 hit speaks for itself. This film broke numerous box office records upon its release, including becoming the highest grossing Hindi film of all time in India, and it also won a few Indian film awards to boot.

  2. "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S." This extremely popular 2003 comedy concerns the exploits of a gangster who ends up going to medical school. A truly unique spin on the fish out of water scenario, this film has garnered cult status in the world Hindi movie fandom.

  3. "Chandni Chowk to China." This 2009 release is perhaps the most unique film to come from the Indian movie industry. While not as well regarded by many mainstream critics,  the Akshay Kumar flick has an interesting tapestry that blends elements from Chinese cinema as well, yielding a comedy that is at once a Bollywood epic and a Wushu action movie.

  4. "Tees Maar Khan." Another action comedy, this very recent 2010 release also features Akshay Kumar, as well as rising Hindi star Katrina Kaif. Look for special appearances by two other Bollywood icons, Salman Khan and of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame, Anil Kapoor.

  5. "Gol Maal." This 1979 Hindi classic is the first of many films from the team of director Hrishikesh Mukherjee and star Amol Palekar, who went on to create many other Hindi comedies in the 1980's.

  6. "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi." This 1958 comedy gem featured legendary Indian singer Kishore Kumar as well as his two brothers.

  7. "Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge." A 2000 release, this Salman Khan vehicle features many of the familiar elements of Indian cinema, most notably the theme of arranged marriage. However, in keeping with this list, this film takes a more hilarious look at the consequences of pursuing someone against the wishes of that person's family.

  8. "Dum Kaata." While it did not fare well with critics, this 2007 release is unique in that the protagonist is a young boy. With many similarities to the American superhit "Home Alone," this movie succeeds more than fails.

  9. "Lage Raho Munna Bhai." The sequel to the earlier entry on this list "Munna Bhai, M.B.B.S.," this movie follows the gangster protagonist from the first film as he adopts a non-violent and truthful way of life. Needless to say, his gangster mentality comes into conflict with this intention in a very comedic way.

  10. "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi." This 2004 hit became the third highest crossing Indian film that year and has garnered huge popularity. Teaming up Indian superstars Akshay Kumar, who already has a flair for comedy, with Salman Khan, himself no amateur when it comes to switching from drama to comedy, this movie succeed on all fronts in telling the very funny story of a love triangle. It sounds cliche, but this film honestly puts a unique spin on the proceedings.