Sara Ali Khan opens up on Karisma Kapoor comparison in ‘Coolie No 1’

Jeetesh Luhar



Sara Ali Khan is fast becoming the next big star of Bollywood. She made her debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in the Abhishek Kapoor film ‘Kedarnath’ (2018). Since then, she’s appeared in the likes of ‘Simmba’ (2018) opposite Ranveer Singh, and romantic drama, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2020) alongside Kartik Aaryan.

Her next feature is her collaboration with David Dhawan in the remake of ‘Coolie No. 1’ (1995). The new version of the original also stars Varun Dhawan in the title role, reports Mid Day.

The actress recently said in an interview, “When I started off, my only dream and desire was to be able to do all kinds of genres of films with all kinds of directors. So, I truly consider myself extremely lucky that I have been given this opportunity because I am of course a die-hard David sir fan. But the truth is, not one particular genre of cinema I like.”

She went on to say, “I want to be able to do serious drama as much as I want to do light-hearted romantic comedies as much as I want to do performance oriented biopics.”

Daughter of stars Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, she added: “So, I am very very lucky and privileged to have been given the opportunity to do that with so many different directors.”

The actress described the task of stepping into the shoes of Karisma Kapoor. “She is an iconic star. She redefines the nineties for most audiences. So I don’t think I have even attempted to step into her shoes. Of course, it is a remake and comparisons are inevitable. Up until now I was so much more focussed bringing something new to the table. Everything is kind of tweaked to make it more today.”

She went on to to say, “It’s been some years since then. Things have changed. I think instead of aping or trying to copy Karisma, which is impossible to do, we have tried to bring a freshness to the role. I enjoyed working with Varun, so it is that chemistry for me that’s in the film at opposed to trying to copy Karisma Kapoor because that wouldn’t be fun and wouldn’t be possible.” This was Sara’s first time working with Varun and she had a lot of fun.”

“Honestly, it was like a mela. Especially shooting for Ganesh (Acharya) sir’s songs with David (Dhawan) sir’s direction. It looked like a mela! It was really fun and I had a super blast. It really felt outstanding and all of us had a really good time. I really hope that kind of fun and energy got translated on screen because that would be amazing,” concluded Sara.

‘Coolie No. 1’ releases on Christmas Day on Amazon Prime Video.

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