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Coolie No. 1 Movie Review: Tried and Refused formula to bring back 90's classic in the name of remake

Modified On: 25 December 2020 | Reviewed By:

Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer are a remake of 1995 hit Coolie no. 1 starring Govinda. The film looks like the degraded level of a spoof of the old.

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Cast: Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal , Javed Jafferi, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav

Director: David Dhawan


David Dhawan is a veteran filmmaker who is known for making comedy. And back in the '90s, the combination of David and Govinda ruled the entire decade. But the issue is, it's been two decades and the director still rehashing the old tried and refused formula of the remake. 

And the bigger issue is 2020 is not the year where the director can use terms such as Dimag Ghar pe Rakh Ke Aayiye theatre (Keep your brain at your house and come to the theatre) because everyone is in their house and brain is till attache to their body and it demands common sense.

David tries to encash the old formula of over the top the comedy but this time instead of Govinda, Varun will do the honours but failed miserably and we got output that is a disaster.

The story is same Insulted by money-minded, greedy Jeffrey Rozario (Paresh Rawal), marriage broker Jai Kishan (Jaaved Jaaferi) takes revenge by passing off the railway coolie Raju (Dhawan) as the wealthy Raj Pratap. Raju woos and marries Jeffrey’s daughter Sarah (Sara Ali Khan). Things go awry when Jeffrey finds out that Raj is a coolie and now Raj tries to make everyone believe that Raju is his twin brother and hence comedy of error occurs.

The original Coolie No. 1 was itself a  remake of 1993 Tamil film Chinna Mapillai with lacing the story of Golmaal (1979). The first Coolie No. 1 was written by late Kader Khan who also starred in the film and featured Govinda. 

The combination of these two actors created magic has their chemistry was top-notch. The mistake David did was trying to re-create the magic Govinda created with his impeccable comic-timing with the help of his son Varun Dhawan. Varun Dhawan was just trying to be Govinda frame to frame which looked like the low-quality impersonation of Govinda which even kids don't do in front of their relatives.

Varun Dhawan not only mimics Govinds but also imitates the yesteryear actors such as Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Nana Patekar. Even the tragedy king Dileep Kumar was not spared from this tragedy. 

And the most unbearable part was listening to the dialogues written by Farhad Samji who is back with his cringe rhyming style dialogues which he is using since Judwaa 2 and the latest Laxmi. Sara Ali Khan was just placed in the movie to be glossy and eye-candy who is just get set ready for a song number and ham expressions.

The rest of the movie is been ruined by the supporting cast, sadly veterans such as Rajpal Yadav, Javed Jaffri and Johnny Lever didn't create even a minuscule level of laughter.

Coolie No. 1 is a bad remake of the old and should be avoided because the year is already been a disaster and no one wish to end the year watching this.


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