25 years ago, David Dhawan released a massy hit starring Govinda and Karma Kapoor. A lot has happened over the years but David Dhawan seems to be stuck for some time. That could be the only reason he tried to make a film with his son Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan. The film looks and feels like it was made in the 90s. The only change is the extra gloss.
Raju (Varun Dhawan) the coolie in question, does not work at the bus stop but at the Mumbai railway station. The girl's father was moved from being a citizen to the owner of a luxury hotel in Goa. Jeffery Rozario (Paresh Rawal) wants his daughter Sarah (Sara Ali Khan) to marry the richest man in the world. He humiliates the pandit Jai Kishan (Javed Jaffrey) who has brought the unity that is coming to him. Don’t ask us why pandit works as a wedding vendor for a Christian family. Jai Kishan has a lot of chances to find Raju at the train station on his way back from Goa and makes a plan for Raju to marry Sarah to avenge her embarrassment. Once again, don't ask why Raju, who seems to be a good-hearted man, agrees with this hairy plan in the middle of cheating on an innocent girl. Everything goes according to plan, until Rosario catches Raju in a coolie dress. Now, he has to pretend to be his twin to keep the facade going.
Twenty-five years ago, when the audience had no better choice and did not change right now, this kind of extra comedy would have worked but now everything seems to be fading. Not that much has changed in the structure. He was a good young man at the time and still is. What kept it going was the full involvement of the music actors in the project. Kader Khan's rituals as a father and Shakti Kapoor as his accountant made us laugh. Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav, who play the role, are good actors in themselves but less than here. Even Johnny Lever, Mr. Dependable's comedian, fails to express laughter. All of these players have been making slapstick for years. Maybe the guesswork of their actions is wrong here or it is possible that the actors themselves have lost hope of playing stock actors.
Another factor in making the first film popular was the chemical breakdown between Govinda and Karma. Varun and Sara do not seem to have the X factor of the original jodi. There is nothing wrong with playing alone, remember. Varun, in fact, gives the film everything, starring everyone from Mithun Chakraborty, Raaj Kumar to Dilip Kumar. Then he makes an act of dragging. Sara also puts her A-game on display here and does everything to create a lovely character of a kind girl who forgives her husband easily by associating him so well. The loyalty and zeal of the leading couple is unquestionable. That's just the way it is, the movie doesn't feel new enough. Even the revised versions of songs such as Goriya chura na mera jiya and Main to raste se ja raha tha look pale compared to the original.
Movies belong to their time. Not all films can successfully replicate at some point and that seems to be the case with Coolie No 1 again. David Dhawan survived because he gave the audience what they wanted but it seems he did not read well the changed opinion here...
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