Mumbai: Writter Farhad Samji, who is writing the script of “Coolie No 1” remake, says mainstream commercial comedies are in minority today. “Coolie No 1” is an adaptation of the original of the same name, which starred Govinda and Karisma Kapoor in the lead. It was directed by Varun’s father, filmmaker David Dhawan. David is returning to direct the new movie featuring Varun Dhawan. “‘Coolie No 1’ is a fairly easy film with no frills attached. The audiences know it’s a David Dhawan film with his son so they’ll come for the punches, the jokes, the character. We had to work that out. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “It’s a 25-year-old film so I’ve tried to modernise as much as I could. It’s an adaptation with a stellar cast. There are several fresh scenes and it’s really a fun film,” Farhad told PTI. The writer says though there are films like “Badhai Ho” and “Badla” which are doing good business, there are very few out-and-out commercial comedy films being made. “Earlier, these films were in mainstream but now we are in minority. So the audience has the hunger, which is an advantage for us. There are good films now, sure, but the genres are diverse.” Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Farhad is also attached as a writer for Rohit Shetty’s upcoming “Sooryavanshi”. The action-drama features Akshay Kumar in the title role and the writer says unlike films of the cop universe ‘Singham’ and ‘Simmba’ they didn’t have any reference here. “We had references in ‘Singham’ and ‘Simmba’ of south films but not with this. When you’re writing something completely new, you’ve to keep giving yourselves assurances that everything is on point. There was a lot of revisions to see if we are on the right track. “Once the development happened and actors came in, when we saw the shoot of Akshay, everything fell in place. It’s a cracker of a script which has turned out very well,” he added.
In truth I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honour the man than to immortalise him as an ancient creature that once roamed the seas?The 505 million-year-old fossil Legg discovered would have lived in very shallow seas off the coast of Canada during the Cambrian period when nearly all modern animal types emerged. At the time, the coastline would have been situated much closer to the equator than it is now and the sea temperature would have been much hotter than it is now.The researcher believes that the creature would have used its large Edward Scissorhands-like claws to capture prey or to probe the sea floor looking for sea creatures hiding in the sediment.Kooteninchela deppi was about four centimetres long with large eyes with many lenses, similar to the compound eyes of a fly. It was an early relation of arthropods, which includes spiders, scorpions, centipdes, insects and crabs.The ‘scissor-like’ fossilised claws of the Kooteninchela depi (Image: Imperial College London) Read: Dublin boys win Lego award for robot reminding people to take medicines > Read: Man sticks finger into table saw to prove his invention works > Read: Do you like to tell a fib? Don’t worry, it’s part of evolution > ON THE FACE of it, they don’t seem to have a lot in common.One is 500 million years old, the other is a sprightly 49. One lived in the sea while the other plays a character who sails the seas. One was a scavenger with a elongated spine and millipede-like legs, while the other has been named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.And yet, a scientist at Imperial College London saw enough of a similarity between an ancient fossilised creature and Johnny Depp to name his discovery after the actor.David Legg discovered the now-extinct ancestor of lobsters and scorpions during his research and decided to name it Kooteninchela deppi after Johnny Depp for his role in Edward Scissorhands due to the similarities between the character’s appendages and the creature’s claws.“When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands,” said Legg. “Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film as ‘chela’ is Latin for claws or scissors.”