Biwi No.1

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Biwi No.1
DVD cover
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byRumi Jaffery
Story byBalu 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
Budget12 crore (equivalent to 37 crore or US$5.1 million in 2017)[1]
Box office50 crore (equivalent to 153 crore or US$21 million in 2017)[2]

Biwi No.1 (English: Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by David Dhawan. It stars Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Govinda, Anil Kapoor and Tabu. It is remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi.[3] Biwi No.1 was the third title in the No. 1 (film series) directed by David Dhawan and starring Karisma Kapoor and Govinda after Coolie No.1 (1995) and Hero No. 1 (1997). It is also the only one of the three not to feature Govinda in the leading role.


Prem (Salman Khan) is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja (Karishma Kapoor), and together they have two children. One day, a model named Rupali (Sushmita Sen) arrives at Prem's office to give interview for the role of a model. Prem and Rupali slowly start liking each other and ultimately both fall in love with each other. Rupali is much more 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 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 realises that Rupali only came to him since he gave her material things, while his wife stuck with him through thick and thin. Rupali realises 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 she is his "Biwi no. 1."


Govinda was 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 later replaced by Anil Kapoor Bobby Deol was offered the film but declined it because of date problems Saif Ali Khan did the cameo in the film later .


The movie response was good in parts of India, and considered a Super-hit,[4] 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.[5] Karisma Kapoor's role was offered to Manisha Koirala, but Manisha rejected it for unknown reasons as it was Karisma's gain and Manisha's loss.




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

# Song Singer(s) Picturised on Length
1 "Chunari Chunari" Abhijeet & Anuradha Sriram Salman Khan & Sushmita Sen 05:27
2 "Biwi No 1" Abhijeet & Poornima Salman Khan & Karishma Kapoor 07:19
3 "Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat" Kumar Sanu & Hema Sardesai Salman Khan & Karishma Kapoor 06:12
4 "Ishq Sona Hai" Shankar Mahadevan & Hema Sardesai Salman Khan & Sushmita Sen 06:15
5 "Hai Hai Mirchi" Sukhwinder Singh & Alka Yagnik Anil Kapoor & Karishma Kapoor 05:36
6 "Mehboob Mere" Sukhwinder Singh & Alka Yagnik Anil Kapoor & Tabu 05:03
7 "Mujhe Maaf Karna" Abhijeet, Aditya Narayan, Anmoll Mallik & Alka Yagnik Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, & Children 05:13
8 "Aan Milo" Udit Narayan & Kavita Krishnamurthy Excluded from film 07:47


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