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Coolie No. 1 is a 1995 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by David Dhawan. The film stars Govinda, Karisma Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, Kader Khan and Sadashiv Amrapurkar, with music by Anand-Milind.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] This movie was one of the first successful movies of Karisma Kapoor.[10] Actor Govinda received the Star Screen Award Special Jury Award for his role in this movie as 'performer of the decade'.[11][12] Over the years, the movie has become a classic in Indian film history and is now considered a cult film.[13] The movie is a remake of the 1993 Tamil film Chinna Mapillai.[14]

Coolie No. 1
Coolie Hindi Govinda film.jpg
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Ramesh Taurani
Written byRumi Jaffery
Kader Khan
Story byAmma creations
P. Kalaimani (uncredited)
Karisma Kapoor
Music byAnand-Milind
CinematographyRajan Kinagi
Edited byA. Muthu
Puja Films
Distributed byTips Industries Limited
Tips Music Films
S K Enterprise LTD
Release date
  • 30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)
Running time
161 minutes
Budget3.5 crore (equivalent to 9.6 crore or US$1.4 million in 2018)[1]
Box office23 crore (US$3.3 million)[2]



Shaadiram Gharjode (Sadashiv Amrapurkar), a matchmaker, is once humiliated by Hoshiyar Chand (Kader Khan) when Shaadiram goes to inform him about a family wanting to marry their son to Hoshiyar's daughter. Hoshiyar Chand insults them as he wants both his daughters to marry into the richest family. Gharjode decides to teach Hoshiyar Chand a lesson: He meets a coolie called Raju (Govinda) and they go to Hoshiyar Chand's village pretending to be a rich family. Hoshiyar is impressed and he wants his daughter Malti (Karisma Kapoor) to marry Raju. This leads to humorous situations in the climax.



The music of Coolie No. 1 was a rage when it released. Although producer of Tips films Vashu Bhagnani and director David Dhawan were extremely confident that "Husn Hain Suhana", rendered by Abhijeet and Chandana Dixit would be the selling factor of the album, it was the song "Main To Raste Se Ja Raha Tha" that did the trick. The music of Coolie No. 1 strengthened Anand-Milind and Govinda/David Dhawan's track record of coming up with super hit music with each outing.

The film's soundtrack album sold around 3.5 million units,[15] making it one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of the year.[16]

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Aa Jaana Aa Jaana" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 06:22
2 "Jeth Ki Dopahri Mein" Kumar Sanu, Poornima 05:00
3 "Coolie No. 1" Kumar Sanu 05:24
4 "Husn Hai Suhana" Abhijeet, Chandana Dixit 06:00
5 "Tere Pyar Mein Dil Deewana" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:00
6 "Kya Majnu Kya Ranjha" Kumar Sanu, Sadhna Sargam 06:31
7 "Main To Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 05:18


On 8 March 2019, it was announced that the film will be remade, with David Dhawan as director again and Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan essaying the roles of Raju and Malti originally played by Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. The first look of the remake of Coolie No.1 was released on 1 May 2019 and film will be releasing on 1 May 2020.[17][18]


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  8. ^ "Journey to Destination Cool". The Hindu. India. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Govinda Wapas Aala Re". 31 October 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  10. ^ "The blue-eyed baby". The Indian Express. India. 6 February 1998. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  11. ^ "8th Annual Asian Paints STAR SCREEN Weekly Awards". Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Bollywood Star Govinda – Film Actor Govinda – Govinda Biography – Chichi Govinda Profile". Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  13. ^ Gulazāra; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 572. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5.
  14. ^ Service, Hans(1991 News (24 April 2019). "Varun Dhawan And Sara Ali Khan in Coolie No. 1 Remake". wwwfilm)]] Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Making Music Like Ne'er Before". Outlook. 13 March 1996.
  16. ^ "Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 2 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan's Coolie No 1 to hit screens on May 1, 2020". The Indian Express. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan's Coolie No 1 to hit screens on May 1, 2020". DNA. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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