The best part of watching Coolie No.1 (2020) on Amazon Prime Video is that thirty minutes later, you will switch to Hotstar/YouTube and start watching the Govinda-Karishma Kapoor-David Dhawan original Coolie No. 1 of 1995! The use of same dialogues and plot till that point, forces the comparison on the viewer. You then end up gaping at the scene where Govinda, Harish and (now late) Sadashiv Amrapurkar trick the (now late) Kader Khan in a construction site. You admire Chi-Chi’s dance moves, facial expressions, mannerisms; Karishma Kapoor’s blushes; and even Shakti Kapoor’s pelvic thrust at a stammering ‘aati hun main, jaldi hai kya‘ ends up giving you wider smiles… twenty five years down. The worst year for our generation (2020), rounds off with the question ‘Why did anyone need to remake such a classic’? There is no aspect about the remake where it beats the original. Closest in competition are five star hotel locales, athletic dance moves, expensive attires and a sincere effort from lead hero Varun Dhawan. Govinda, however, on screen was effortless … and therein lay his charm. The latest installment at best is a tribute to a host of Govinda classics – Coolie No.1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Hero No.1; to some of his songs and to Mithun Chakraborty! The stellar support cast in the original – Shakti Kapoor, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Harish and the beautiful Kanchan – is downgraded to players who just can’t match up. It feels worse to find Johnny Lever and Paresh Rawal royally wasted here. Perhaps papa David Dhawan wanted to direct the OTT audience focus to only stay on his hunk sonny boy Varun and on Sarah Ali Khan’s limited act. Rating: 2/5 Watch it only if you still have not recovered from Indian cricket team’s 36/9 disaster act at Adelaide…surely Coolie No.1 (2020) is better than that …or..or.. if you don’t have access to quality platforms like SonyLiv, Zee5, Hotstar!
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