Coolie No. 1 (1995)
Director: David Dhawan; Writer: Rumi Jaffrey; Producer: Vashu Bhagnani; Cinematographer: Rajan Kinagi; Cast: Govinda, Karishma Kapoor, Harish, Kanchan, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mahesh Anand, Vikas Anand, Mahavir Shah, Tiku Talsania, Shammi
Summary: Slapstick comedy by the same director-star
team responsible for Raja Babu (1994).
Govinda plays Raju, a coolie who falls for the
rich Malti (K. Kapoor). Shadiram Gharjode
(Amrapurkar), a marriage fixer, sees this as an
opportunity to take revenge on Malti’s father
Hoshiyar Singh (Khan). Raju masquerades as
Kunwar Mahendra Pratap, the son of a
Bombay-based millionaire (Kharbanda), and
marries Malti under false pretences. The rest of
the film interweaves Raju’s desperate efforts to
maintain the masquerade, which includes
having to invent a twin brother, with the
millionaire’s evil son’s efforts to kill his father.
In the end, the millionaire, saved in hospital by
Raju (disguised as a woman), disowns his son
and makes Raju his heir. Numerous songs and
a large number of stock characters of the by
now familiar Dhawan-Govinda genre include
comedians Shakti Kapoor as Malti’s Uncle who
speaks with a lisp and Tiku Talsania as the cop
who unravels the whole mystery.