Indian Cinema 101: Classic Tamil Comedy 1

comedy Tamil Indian cinema Goundamani Senthil

Classic comedy means nothing without Goundamani & Senthil duo. Image source: The News Minute

With things getting too serious in life, we all need a break at one point of the month.

As for me, sometimes I go off for a long holiday, other times I go for a beer-drinking session with friends & cousins. Once in a while, I opt for watching movies and videos. One of the videos that I like to watch is the snippets of comedies from Tamil movies. With good comedians like Vadivelu and Vivek making their mark in the Tamil movie these days, getting their comedies on video (and Astro) is not so difficult.

But if you ask me, the funniest and the best comedy scene in a Tamil movie has to be the famous “banana” scene between Goundamani & Senthil in the movie “Karakattakaran”.

In this movie, Goundamani asks Senthil to buy him 2 bananas and gives him 1 rupee. Senthil buys 2 but eats one of the bananas on the way back. When he gives the balance banana to Goundamani, Goundamani asks him nicely what he asked Senthil to buy, Senthil answers 2 bananas. That’s where the comedy starts (a quick English translation of the scene goes something like this):-

Goundamani: What I asked you to buy?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: There is one here…where is the other?

Senthil: This is the other one (pointing to the same banana)

Goundamani gets a slight surprise but calmly repeats the question.

Goundamani: What I asked you to buy?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: How much I gave you?

Senthil: 1 rupee

Goundamani: How much bananas you can buy with 1 rupee?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: There is one here…where is the other?

Senthil: This is the other one (pointing to the same banana)

Goundamani getting agitated and ask Senthil to sit down and repeats the question.

Goundamani: What I asked you to buy?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: How much I gave you?

Senthil: 1 rupee

Goundamani: How much bananas you can buy with 1 rupee?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: There is one here…where is the other?

Senthil: This is the other one (pointing to the same banana)

Goundamani gets angry and pulls the chair to beat Senthil but stopped by the male friends. Goundamani explains the situation to the friend.

Friend: What Goundamani asked you to buy?

Senthil: bananas

Friend: How much he gave you?

Senthil: 1 rupee

Friend: How many bananas he asked you to buy?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Friend: There is one here…where is the other?

Senthil: This is the other one (pointing to the same banana)

Goundamani gets angry and at that time, the lady friend comes out and asks what happens. The male friend explains the situation to her. She asks the same questions and gets the same answers. Goundamani calms down and asks Senthil nicely.

Goundamani: What I asked you to buy?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: How much I gave you?

Senthil: 1 rupee

Goundamani: How much bananas you can buy with 1 rupee?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: Did you ask the shopkeeper?

Senthil: Yes, I did

Goundamani: How many bananas did the shopkeeper gave you?

Senthil: 2 bananas

Goundamani: There is one here…where is the other?

Senthil: This is the other one (pointing to the same banana)

Goundamani gets angry and the whole group chase after Senthil.

Now watch the scene (from YouTube):-

Still a classic after all these years…

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10 thoughts on “Indian Cinema 101: Classic Tamil Comedy 1

  1. what a comedy scene. we enjoyed it like anhy thing.
    we must have watched more than 100 times so for. Thanks for putting this clip in this site.

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