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Can Coolie No 1 revive Varun's career?

March 17, 2020 09:46 IST

Bollywood seems to be in remake mode.

From old Hindi movies to blockbusters from tjhe south, 2020 has a line-up of films we have seen before, but presented in its new-age version.

Joginder Tuteja lists the remakes, coming up.

 

Coolie No 1

Photograph: Kind courtesy Varun Dhawan/Instagram

When David Dhawan made Coolie No 1 with Govinda back in 1995, it led to quite a few No 1 movies being made by them together.

Now, the director -- along with its original producer Vashu Bhagnani -- is remaking the film with Varun Dhawan, and expectations are sky-high again. Especially, since their last remake together, Judwaa 2, was such a big hit.

Varun too is searching for a bonafide hit; his last superhit was Judwaa 2 was back in 2017.

Since then he has seen back to back average runners like October, Sui Daaga and Street Dancer 3D with the major flop Kalank in between.

Sara Ali Khan steps into the big shoes of Karisma Kapoor.

 

Laxmmi Bomb

Photograph: Kind courtesy Akshay Kumar/Instagram

A remake of the Tamil horror film Kanchana, Laxmmi Bomb has Akshay Kumar play a transgender.

Raghava Lawrence, who created magic in the original film, directs the Hindi version as well.

Kiara Advani is the leading lady.

 

Jersey

Photograph: Kind courtesy Shahid Kapoor/Instagram

The Telugu flick Jersey, starring Nani, was appreciated for the way it portrayed the emotions of a father who saw the rise, fall and rise again in the world of cricket.

Shahid Kapoor takes to the field in the Hindi remake.

Mrunal Thakur (Super 30, Batla House) is the leading lady. Shahid's father Pankaj Kapur plays a part too.

 

Looop Lapeta

Taapsee Pannu will soon begin shooting for Looop Lapeta, an official adaptation of Tom Tykwer's German cult classic Run Lola Run.

Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani, Chhichhore), plays her boyfriend.

Aakash Bhatia (Inside Edge) will direct it.

 

The Girl On The Train

Photograph: Kind courtesy Parineeti Chopra/Instagram

Another international film being remade in Hindi is The Girl On The Train .

A Hollywood thriller, based on the best-seller by the same name, The Girl On The Train was a success.

The Hindi film stars Parineeti Chopra along with Aditi Rao Hydari and Kirti Kulhari.

 

Rambo

Photograph: Kind courtesy Tiger Shroff/Instagram

Tiger Shroff's Rambo was announced a while ago, but it's yet to go on the floors.

A remake of Sylvester Stallone's series, it will be directed by Tiger's War director Siddharth Anand.

This one is for action junkies.

 

Laal Singh Chaddha

Photograph: Kind courtesy Aamir Khan/Instagram

Thugs of Hindostan may have been a huge disappointment, but Aamir Khan is all set to go back to his entertaining ways.

He is currently shooting for the remake of the Hollywood classic Forrest Gump, made immortal by Tom Hanks's sensitive acting.

Aamir brings his Secret Superstar director Advait Chandan on board to direct it; Kareena Kapoor is his leading lady.

 

The Intern

Photograph: Kind courtesy Deepika Padukone/Instagram

The Hollywood light-hearted entertainer The Intern saw Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway come together to play a boss and intern respectively.

Rishi Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are expected to create the same magic in the Hindi remake.

 

Mr India

One doesn't know whether it will be a remake or start a franchise, but the Mr India remake has already led to debate.

In fact, its original director Shekhar Kapur is so upset that he plans to go to court.

The original film -- starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri -- is a classic, but one waits to see what Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar brings to the table with his version.

 

JOGINDER TUTEJA