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Coolie no 1


Director: David Dhawan

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Javed Jaffrey & Paresh Rawal

Written by: Rumi Jaffery and Farhad Samji

Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video

COOLIE NO. 1 is the remake of the 1995 film with the same name, which starred Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in the lead. Raju (Varun Dhawan) is a coolie, who falls head over heels in love with Sara (Sara Ali Khan); so much so that he decides to make her his wife at any cost. However, her father Jeffery Rozario  (Paresh Rawal) is extremely keen that she marries a millionaire. This works very well with Pandit Jai Kishen (Javed Jaaferi) who is looking to get revenge on Jeffery who had insulted Kishen for bringing him a rishta that wasn’t of his own social status. So both help each other out and to impress Sara and her family, Raju poses as a rich tycoon. Thus begins their charade and the madness. But soon Raju’s real identity is revealed. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

COOLIE NO.1 is a remake of the original that was released in 1995 and not much has been changed of the story but it certainly has become more grand and bigger. Before I delve further into how the film is, I see it in the sense that the film was intentionally made in a way where it would defy logic, sense and would deliver entertainment anyhow. So if we stop analyzing the film with such scrutiny and leave our heads out of this one, then yes, the film delivers in entertaining.  Production wise, it is definitely an improvement but script could have been a bit fine tuned. The big letdown for this film would be that not all the jokes land. But still the comedians in the film are highly dependable and they don’t let you down.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran is good and he doesn’t really put a foot wrong. Editing by Ritesh Soni is fine, although it could have been crisper. Production design and costume design are realistic and add well to the film. Music is peppy and works in the film, especially the songs which have been retained from the original movies. The writing is decent although there is a good scope for improvement.

Performances from the actors have been great. Varun Dhawan gives a fantastic performance and does what is asked and required of him. It’s an almost effortless performance from his end. Sara Ali Khan has a great screen presence and does well whenever she is on screen but is limited by how her character has been written. Paresh Rawal is a joy to watch in the film. He is evergreen. The supporting characters — Sahil Vaid, Johny Lever, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav and Manoj Joshi, offer brilliant support.

Director David Dhawan is in a familiar territory in this one and he gets the film right without any issues. He also gets some great performances from his actors.

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