Biwi No.1

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Biwi No.1
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Written byCrazy Mohan
Story byBalu Mahendra Ananthu
Based onSathi Leelavathi
by Balu Mahendra & Kamal Haasan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Music byAnu Malik
Distributed byTips Industries
Release date
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget12 crore[1]
Box office49.81 crore[1]

Biwi No.1 (transl. Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by David Dhawan, being a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. It stars Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Tabu and Saif Ali Khan.[2][3]


Prem Mehra is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja Khanna; they have 2 children. Rupali Walia arrives at Prem's office to give a modeling interview. They fall in love and begin an extramarital affair. Pooja finds out and Prem leaves her to move in with Rupali. With the help of Prem's friend Lakhan, Pooja has a make-over, turning modern and taking on modeling assignments. She sends her mother-in-law and children to live with Prem and Rupali. They intentionally trouble Rupali and tell Prem that she keeps them hungry and wants to poison and kill them.

Ultimately, the relationship between Prem and Rupali breaks down. Prem realizes she only came to him since he gave her material things, while Pooja stuck with him via thick and thin. Rupali gets back with her former boyfriend Deepak. Lakhan befriends her, addressing her as a sister. While hugging her, his wife Lovely sees them and misunderstands. She leaves, but Lakhan chases after and they make up as she realises the truth. He says to Lovely that she is his "Biwi no. 1."



Govinda was originally offered the main role but again gave it to Salman Khan due to his brotherly love for him. Rambha was signed for Tabu’s role but later opted out. Sanjay Dutt was signed for the film, but was later replaced by Anil Kapoor. Manisha Koirala was offered the role of Pooja, but she rejected it for unknown reasons and was subsequently replaced by Karishma Kapoor. Bobby Deol and Suniel Shetty were offered the role of Deepak which was later did by Saif Ali Khan.Filming took place in areas of Florida such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Second part of filming took place in Delhi and Mumbai compound areas.


The movie response was good in parts of India, and was considered a super-hit,[4] though its business was affected by the Cricket World Cup 1999. The collections were close to 50% in all centers. Biwi No.1 was the second highest-grossing film of Bollywood that year after Hum Saath-Saath Hain, which also starred Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Himani Shivpuri, and Rajeev Verma. It ranks 53rd in the List of Top 500 Bollywood movies after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 52.80crores.[5]

Awards and nominations [6][edit]

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen [7] Won
Best Film Vashu Bhagnani Nominated
Best Director David Dhawan
Best Actress Karisma Kapoor
Best Comedian Anil Kapoor
Salman Khan
Best Music Director Anu Malik
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Comedian Anil Kapoor [8] Won
Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen
Best Actress Karisma Kapoor Nominated
Screen Weekly Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated


The Biwi No.1 soundtrack was largely composed by Anu Malik and lyricized by Sameer except for the exceptions noted below. The songs "Chunnari Chunnari[9]" and "Ishq Sona Hai[10]" became major hits after their release in 1999. The track "Aan Milo Ya Milne Se" did not feature in the movie.


  1. ^ a b "Biwi No.1 – Movie". Box Office India.
  2. ^ Vijiyan, K.N. (12 June 1999). "See 'Biwi' for stars and Salman's antics". The New Straits Times. p. 24.
  3. ^ "Rediff on the NeT, Movies: The Biwi No 1 review".
  4. ^ "Biwi No.1 – Movie". Box Office India.
  5. ^ "All Time Rank". Box Office India.
  6. ^ Biwi No. 1 (1999) - Awards - IMDb, retrieved 17 September 2023
  7. ^ "Sushmita Sen Awards". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  8. ^ "Awards of the International Indian Film Academy (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  9. ^ Chunari Chunari (From "Biwi No. 1") (Full Song & Lyrics) - Kisi Disco Mein Jaye (The Party Album) - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, 3 July 2013, retrieved 17 September 2023
  10. ^ Ishq Sona Hai (Full Song & Lyrics) - Biwi No. 1 - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, 28 May 1999, retrieved 17 September 2023

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