Coolie No 1 Movie Review: During the climax of this new Coolie No 1, Varun Dhawan tells Johnny Lever to close his mouth otherwise someone will get Corona. This ‘joke’ epitomes this sorry excuse of a film, considering it is pretty tasteless in the present scenario, and also logic-less since I couldn’t see a single person in the film with a mask! I know I am nitpicking over a silly gag, but seeing how terrible the rest of David Dhawan’s new movie is, the Corona joke would be a nice reminder that we didn’t risk the virus to watch Coolie No 1 in theatres! Coolie No 1 Song Husnn Hai Suhaana: Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan Burn The Dance Floor With Their Killer Moves In This New Version!
Checkout some major ratings for Coolie No. 1 :
1/5: The Indian Express
3.5/10: Times Of India
0.5/10: The Quint
David Dhawan, who recently started this hobby of remaking his old hits with son Varun, decides to take a beloved ’90s Govinda film this time, that SHOULD have been left as it is. The original Coolie No 1, despite the lead actor’s excellent comic timing and its chartbuster soundtrack, was no classic. In 2020, the movie feels dated – Coolie No 1 was made in an era where heroines were okay if their lovers were lying and tricking them, as long as it was in the name of Love. These days, this concept would have been a two-parter episode for Savdhaan India.
The idea to remake this film was such a bad idea that not even Govinda or Karishma Kapoor bothered to make a cameo in the new version. At least we had two Salman Khan’s in the Judwaa remake. To make matters worse, the new Coolie No 1 hardly feels like an update. Except that the Hindu Hoshiyar Chand and his family is now the Christian Rozario (Paresh Rawal) and his family from Goa. The rest of the plot is identical – after being insulted by a snobbish Rozario, marriage broker Pundit (Jaaved Jaaferi, stuck in a thankless role) decides to cut him down short as revenge. For that he chooses Coolie Raju (Varun Dhawan) to act like a rich heir named Kunwar Mahendra Pratap Singh and woo Rozario’s elder daughter Sarah (Sara Ali Khan).
Even quicker than Varun agreeing to be part of his father’s another remake, Sarah falls for Raju/Kunwar and they are soon married off. For a film that is supposed to be a modern update, none of Rozario’s bothered to Google this dubious character. Or at least check him out on Facebook. Even when everyone seems to be carrying a smartphone. Bhai, kya usmein xVideos dekh rahe ho sab?
But I am getting way ahead of my annoyance about how dated the whole setting is. This is a film that still thinks having a character with a speech defect is funny. Or a thick South Indian accent should eke out laughs. Or fat-shaming is so ‘in’! Or putting men in drag is just so LOL! This ain’t Comedy Nights With Kapil Sharma bro!
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