Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi

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Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi
Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi.jpg
Directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar
Written by Vasant Sabnis
Starring Sachin Pilgaonkar
Ashok Saraf
Laxmikant Berde
Siddharth Ray
Swapnil Mohite
Supriya Pilgaonkar
Ashwini Bhave
Priya Arun
Nivedita Joshi
Viju Khote
Sudhir Joshi
Release date
  • 23 September 1988 (1988-09-23)
Country India
Language Marathi
Box office 3 Crore

Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi is a 1989 comedy Marathi film directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar and released in India on 23 September 1988.[1] The movie is a remake of 1966 Hindi film Biwi Aur Makan directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee which was later remade in Kannada as Olu Saar Bari Olu in 2003, in Hindi as Paying Guests in 2009 and in Bengali as Jio Pagla in 2017.[2] Now it is considered as a cult classic comedy in Marathi cinema. The film is a kind of tribute to the stage character of Bal Gandharva who was famous for playing both male and female characters in one scene where Ashok saraf and Sachin pilgaonkar watching painting of Bal Gandharva. In one interview Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar called Ashi hi banwa banwi as his favourite Marathi film.



Dhananjay Mane (Ashok Saraf) is a street-smart salesperson in a cosmetic store owned by Madhuri (Ashwini Bhave) in Pune. He lives as a tenant of a stingy landlord Vishwas Sarpotdar (Sudhir Joshi). He is soon joined by his younger brother Shantanu (Siddharth Ray) who is a Medical student. Though prohibited by the landlord, Dhananjay and Shantanu allow their friends Parshuram (Laxmikant Berde) and Sudhir (Sachin Pilgaonkar), who have come to Pune in search of jobs, to secretly live with them. One night, Dhananjay, Parshuram and Sudhir insult their landlord while drunk and are taken away by Shantanu, who arrives at the scene a little too late. Enraged by this harassment, Vishwas Sarpotdar orders them to vacate the place.

After many failed futile attempts of finding a new home on rent, Dhananjay and Shantanu finally reach the palatial house of a rich, old, kind, and half-blind widow named Lilabai Kalbhor (Nayantara). She lives with her shrewd servant Tanu and is often harassed by Bali (Viju Khote) for money. She is willing to rent some rooms in the house to Dhananjay and Shantanu provided, they are married. Thus begins the comedy of errors. In order to comply with Lilabai's condition, Dhananjay and Shantanu convince Parshuram and Sudhir to disguise themselves as their wives. Parashuram thus became Parvati (Dhananjay's wife) and Sudhir turned into Sudha (Shantanu's wife). Shortly after arriving at their new rental home as couples, the Lilabai's niece, Manisha (Supriya), and her friend Sushma (Nivedita Joshi), who is also Shantanu's girlfriend, join them for a long stay at the house. Sudhir (disguised as Shantanu's wife Sudha) is now a successful singer and courts Manisha while Shantanu makes up a fake story of his wife's cancer to appease Sushma, who is clearly upset at seeing him married. Meanwhile, Dhananjay and his employer Madhuri also fall in love with each other. Dhananjay and Co develop a bond of motherly love with their landlady.

Eventually, Tanu and Bali come to know about the disguises and Dhananjay and Co are forced to leave. On their way out, they are exposed in front of their landlady who hands them over to police. But at the police station, she absolves them of their deceitfulness and allows them to stay with her as her sons.


| music = Anil Mohile,
Arun Paudwal "Ashi Hi Banavabanavi" | Suresh Vadkar | Sachin & Shaildendra Singh |- | "Hridayi Vasant Phulatana" | Suresh vadkar

 Anuradha PaudwalShaildendra Singh

|The romantic chartbuster Hridayi Vasant and still considered as evergreen.


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