Biwi No.1

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Biwi No.1
Biwi No.1 poster.jpg
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byKamal Haasan
Story byBalu Mahendra
Based onSathi Leelavathi
by Balu Mahendra
StarringAnil Kapoor
Saif Ali Khan
Salman Khan
Karisma Kapoor
Sushmita Sen
Music byAnu Malik
Release date
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28)
Running time
148 minutes
Budget120 million[1]
Box office₹532 million[2]

Biwi No.1 (transl. Wife No. 1) is an Indian Hindi-language 1999 comedy-drama film directed by David Dhawan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani, and featuring Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor, and Tabu in the lead roles. Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan appear in cameo roles. The film was theatrically released in India on 28 May 1999, receiving generally positive reviews from critics, and proved to be the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. The film was nominated for seven awards at the 45th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Bhagnani), Best Director (Dhawan), Best Actress (Karisma Kapoor), and Best Comedian (Khan and Anil Kapoor), winning Best Supporting Actress (Sen). It is a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi.


Prem (Salman Khan) is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja (Karishma Kapoor), and together they have two children. One day, Rupali Walia (Sushmita Sen) arrives at Prem's office to give an interview for the role of a model. Prem and Rupali are attracted to each other and ultimately they fall in love. Rupali is much preferable to Prem due to her modern lifestyle and fashionable choices, as compared to Pooja. On Karva Chauth, a religious ceremony observed by married couples, Pooja discovers Prem at Rupali's house and asks him to choose between his mistress and his family. Prem chooses Rupali and moves in with her, leaving his children and mother (Himani Shivpuri) behind with Pooja.

Pooja, meanwhile, with the help of Prem's friend Lakhan (Anil Kapoor), has a make-over, becoming a modern woman and taking on modeling assignments. Pooja sends her mother-in-law and children to live with her husband and Rupali. They intentionally trouble Rupali and convince Prem that Rupali keeps them hungry and wants to poison and kill them. Ultimately the relationship between Prem and Rupali breaks down.

In the end, Prem realizes that Rupali only came to him since he gave her material things, while his wife stuck with him through thick and thin. Rupali realizes her mistake and gets back together with her ex-boyfriend, Deepak (Saif Ali Khan). In a twist, Lakhan befriends Rupali, affectionately calling her his sister. While hugging her, his wife Lovely (Tabu) walks upon them and misunderstands the situation. She leaves the house crying, but Lakhan chases after and they make up; with Lakhan saying to Lovely that she is his "Biwi no. 1."


Actor / Actress Role Notes
Salman Khan Prem Mehra A wealthy businessman and a reckless car driver; Pooja's husband; Lakhan's friend; Rupali's love interest; Rinku and Pinky's father.
Karisma Kapoor Pooja Makhija Mehra A housewife; Prem's wife; Rinku and Pinky's mother.
Anil Kapoor Lakhan Singh Khurana A doctor; Prem's friend; Lovely's husband; Billu's father.
Sushmita Sen Rupali Walia A model; Lovely's friend; Prem's love interest; Deepak's girlfriend
Tabu Lovely Khurana A housewife; Lakhan's wife; Billu's mother
Himani Shivpuri Sushila Devi Mehra Prem's mother; Pooja's mother-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's paternal grandmother
Master Varun Bunty "Billu" Khurana Lakhan and Lovely's son
Baby Karishma Pinky Mehra Prem and Pooja's daughter; Rinku's twin sister
Master Shahrukh Krishna "Rinku" Mehra Prem and Pooja's son; Pinky's twin brother
Saif Ali Khan Deepak Rawat Rupali's boyfriend (cameo)
Amitabh Bachchan Himself Gave speech at the parents' day in Rinku and Pinky's school (cameo)
Rajeev Verma Kamal Makhija Pooja's father (cameo)
Guddi Maruti Prema Makhija Pooja's mother (cameo)


Govinda was originally signed for the film, but Salman Khan replaced him later. 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 Karisma Kapoor.


The movie response was good in parts of India, and considered a super-hit,[3] because business effected due to 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. It became an average grosser of 1999 as the most acclaimed movie of the year was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. It ranks 53rd in the List of Top 500 Bollywood movies after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 49.81 crores.[4]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Best Film David Dhawan 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 Won
Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen
Best Actress Karisma Kapoor Nominated
Screen Weekley 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 Sushmita Sen Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated


The Biwi No.1 soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik. "Mehbbob Mere" was composed by Sukhwinder Singh and the lyrics were written by Dev Kohli, Sameer, and Sukhwinder. The songs "Chunari Chunari" and "Ishq Sona Hai" became a major hit after the release in 1999.

1."Chunari Chunari"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anuradha Sriram05:36
2."Biwi No.1"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Poornima Shrestha07:19
3."Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat"Kumar Sanu, Hema Sardesai06:13
4."Ishq Sona Hai"Shankar Mahadevan, Hema Sardesai06:17
5."Hai Hai Mirchi"Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik05:37
6."Mehboob Mere"Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik05:04
7."Mujhe Maaf Karna"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anmol Malik, Aditya Narayan, Alka Yagnik07:28
8."Aan Milo"Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan07:47
Total length:51:31


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