Barring nostalgic worth, there’s nothing else going for the brand new model of ‘Coolie No. 1’
There was an unmatched ease and manic vitality with which Govinda pulled off inane comedian conditions and dance strikes within the Nineteen Nineties. He and director David Dhawan delivered a slew of superhits, typically within the firm of Karisma Kapoor.
On this remake of the 1995 movie of the identical title, which itself was a remake of the Tamil movie Chinna Maapillai (1993), David Dhawan’s son Varun tries too laborious to imbibe however principally finally ends up mimicking Govinda’s physique language.
Coolie No. 1
- Solid: Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan and Paresh Rawal
- Route: David Dhawan
- Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Even within the 90s, the plot was outlandish and outdated however we gave in and watched as a result of the lead actors, together with Kader Khan, had a approach of creating the ‘senseless humour’ work.
The broad plot stays the identical, however is dressed up in another way. As a substitute of a bus stand, we see Raju (Varun Dhawan) as a coolie at a railway station. Issues take a flip when he meets matchmaker Pandit Jai Kishan (Jaaved Jaaferi) who’s seething after the insult meted out by the money-crazed Jeffrey Rozario (Paresh Rawal) who needs solely ultra-rich boys for his two daughters, Sara (Sara Ali Khan) and Anju (Shikha Talsania).
Raju is projected as a millionaire inheritor who’s seeking to assemble a brand new port in Goa, the place Jeffrey lives. Jeffrey and household are hoodwinked simply and Raju will get married to Sara. When he finds himself cornered, the previous plot system of a twin turns out to be useful.
The movie is filled with popular culture references. The ‘mere paas maa hai’ line is reworked within the opening parts and later Varun finally ends up imitating Dilip Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and a number of others — an train of ticking off names from a guidelines with out truly inducing many laughs. The one chuckle aloud second, maybe, was Varun sporting outsized welding glasses and commenting that it’s in vogue, referencing Ranveer Singh’s sun shades.
The Varun-Sara romance occurs in lots of candy-floss settings and among the unique hits are rehashed, with the lead pair making an attempt its greatest to recreate the dance strikes. However the place Govinda and Karisma made it look easy, this duo pales. Sara particularly appears weighed down and aware of comparisons.
One may argue that it’s unfair to match and the movie needs to be seen on its intent of catering to the 2020 viewers who might not have watched the unique. However then, the one driving drive of this movie is its nostalgic worth.
It is a time when Hindi cinema is placing forth out-of-the-box content material that’s removed from being senseless. The world that makes up the brand new Coolie no 1 doesn’t handle to droop disbelief and purchase into the comedy. Strains akin to ‘what ego ego, you go man’, ‘of the practice, by the practice and for the practice’ and ‘1p.m. one-time baat with the PM’ aren’t even humorous. And in 2020, a wealthy hotelier from Goa who needs to go to his daughter and son-in-law in Mumbai is prone to fly down somewhat than take the practice.
There’s no hurt in remaking an previous blockbuster for a more recent viewers however it might have benefited from a extra up to date absurd comedy.
(Coolie no 1 streams on Amazon Prime Video)