Coolie No 1 forged: Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal, Sahil Vaid, Shikha Talsania, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav, Johny Lever, Manoj Joshi, Anil Dhawan, Bharti Achrekar
Coolie No 1 director: David Dhawan
Coolie No 1 ranking: One star
Again in 1995, director David Dhawan acquired his favorite actor to play a happy-go-lucky coolie who falls for a wealthy woman. Her boastful papa who needs ‘solely prince-no pauper’ for his beloved ‘beti’ is the impediment, however no Bollywood daddy can stand in the way in which of real love, and loud comedy and song-dance, can they?
The Dhawan-Govinda-Karisma-Kader Khan-Shakti Kapoor mix gave us a movie of its occasions, laden with gags bordering on tastelessness, and doubtful lyrics. It became one of many largest hits of the 12 months, which additionally gave us Rangeela, and DDLJ, as a result of Govinda’s good-hearted man of the plenty was spot on. At the moment, in his prime, he may carry off just about all the things— off-colour jokes, crimson-coloured fits, and nobody may thrust a pelvis like he may, not even his fairly main girls.
However that was a quarter-century again, and it appears to be like just like the filmmakers have forgotten that the world has modified. So has Bollywood. Once you see Varun Dhawan, who has channelled Govinda in lots of his movies a lot better, tread virtually the identical path, mouthing virtually the identical traces, there’s no laughter, solely despair.
Minor modifications don’t freshness make. The sooner movie was set in a village: Karisma was a ghaghra-clad gaon-ki-gori, Govinda wished to arrange a cement manufacturing unit. On this one, the gaon has turn out to be Goa. As a substitute of a manufacturing unit, it’s a port, and Sara Ali Khan is a metropolis woman in flouncy minis and pointy stilettos. However the silliness which was celebrated at its highest pitch, and the rat-a-tat velocity with which the entire thing was executed, one thing David Dhawan used to take action properly, is lacking.
The time for constructed-on-paper-plots has lengthy gone. It’s painful to see satisfactory actors undergo jerky scenes and horrible chuckle tracks. Varun and Sara dancing to the nonetheless common songs (“Tujhko mirchi lagi toh primary kya karoon”) take you straight again to the OG. The one one who makes a meal of his character, performed by the inimitable Kader Khan within the unique, is Paresh Rawal. His heavy-handed papa makes use of a lightweight contact, which is precisely what’s wanted in this sort of brainless comedy. Dhawan Jr has carried out a lot better beneath his papa’s baton. And sadly, the sprightly Sara Ali Khan is as vacuous because the script.
We will do with laughter in these darkish occasions, however not like this, with zero wit, no aptitude.