Title: Coolie No 1
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal, Javed Jaffrey
Director: David Dhawan
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: Raju (Varun Dhawan) is a coolie at Mumbai Central. He sees a picture of Sarah (Sara Ali Khan) and falls in love with her instantly. Pandit Jai Kishen (Javed Jaffrey), who is insulted by Jeffrey Rozario (Paresh Rawal), decides to teach him a lesson by marrying off his daughter Sarah to a coolie. How did he achieve this forms the story.
Performances: Varun Dhawan is energetic as always and does well in dances and fights. His comedy timing which is usually enjoyable, misfires a lot this time. Sara Ali Khan’s job in this film is to look attractive and dance well and she does that perfectly. Paresh Rawal, Javed Jaffrey are fine in their roles. Other supporting actors don’t have much scope to perform.
Technicalities: Camerawork is rich. Music is good and songs are visually appealing. Editing is decent. Fights sequences are typical but one scene involving Varun Dhawan rescuing a child is disastrous in execution. Production values are good. This film is a recreation of 1995 film starring Govinda and directed by David Dhawan with the same title. Like all David Dhawan films, the movie has no logic whatsoever and relies entirely on comedy and peppy songs. Times have changed now and audience expect minimum believability factor in movies. Even for those who don’t mind logics, this film is a bit too absurd at times which could have been avoided with better writing. The first half is partially entertaining. Second half has some poorly written comedy scenes which don’t work and test our patience. Even Varun Dhawan couldn’t save the second half with his histrionics. His usually natural comedy timing and mannerisms seemed forced in this film. This film is undoubtedly the weakest among the three collaborations between Varun and David Dhawan. For those who enjoy David Dhawan films, this film would be a strictly average watch. For others, it would be a patience-testing one. Hope this films acts as a reminder for David Dhawan and helps him in quickly adapting his comedy style to the changing times.
On a whole: Coolie No 1 does not entertain as much as expected and is a misfire.