'No one can equal them. No one should even try,' says David Dhawan.
Although David Dhawan has made 44 films, none has made him as nervous as his underproduction film Coolie No 1, a remake of David's 1995 hit featuring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.
Varun Dhawan, David's son, and Sara Ali Khan feature in the two roles that Chi Chi and Lolo made memorable.
Comparing the two sets of actors is an exercise in futility for David.
"Govinda and Karisma created magic on screen. No one can equal them. No one should even try," he says. "Varun and Sara are in a completely different zone, freed of the burden of trying to be like their predecessors."
David feel comparisons are unfair. "Agreed, I am remaking my own film. So there will be comparisons. But the two pairs belong to different eras. It's like comparing a Bentley with a Porche. They are not comparable."
There was some talk of Govinda and Karisma making an appearance in the new Coolie No 1. But that didn't happen.