Sara Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan.
‘Coolie No.1’ became the most viewed Christmas release on the streaming platform, seen by more than 3,700 Indian cities and towns in its opening weekend. It was the title of the most searched Amazon Prime video on the Internet in 2020.
Varun, who plays the porter in the film, said in a statement, ‘The experience of recreating a classic film that I have seen growing up is real. It was a pleasure to receive so much love and appreciation from the audience for this film. In a year like 2020, we wanted to bring a smile to the face of the audience through a story that would entertain the whole family.
Jackie Bhagnani, who produced Coolie No. 1 under Pooja Entertainment’s banner, said, ‘This is the dawn of a new era for Indian entertainment. The release of this film has erased boundaries, and we are happy that audiences around the world are watching it.
‘Coolie No.1’ is a 1995 reboot of the film of the same name, with Govinda and Karisma Kapoor in the lead roles. In the film, Varun plays the role of a porter, who arrives as an ultra-rich heir who agrees to marry a hotel owner’s daughter (played by Sarah) to him. When he is caught, he lies about being twins, causing a lot of confusion. The Hindustan Times in its review called it a ‘limo spoof of the original’ and questioned the need for a remake of old hits. On IMDb, the film was given an overwhelmingly unwarrantable review and currently has a rating of 3.7 out of 10 on IMDb.
‘Coolie No.1’ had Paresh Rawal, Javed Jaffrey, Shikha Talsania, Sahil Vaid, Rajpal Yadav and Johnny Lever in the lead roles. The film received direct-to-digital release on Amazon Prime Video when it was not possible to release the film in theaters due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.