Biwi No.1

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Biwi No.1
DVD cover
Directed by David Dhawan
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani
Written by Rumi Jaffery
Story by Ananthu
Starring Anil Kapoor
Salman Khan
Karisma Kapoor
Sushmita Sen
Music by Anu Malik
Release date
28 May 1999
Running time
148 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 12 crore (equivalent to 36 crore or US$5.6 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 0.5 billion (US$7.8 million)[2]

Biwi No.1 (English: Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by David Dhawan. It stars Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor and Tabu. Saif Ali Khan has a special appearance. It is remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. The plot has inspired the 2005 comedy hit Kannada movie Rama Shama Bhama starring Kamal Hassan, Ramesh Aravind, Urvashi and Daisy Bopanna.[3] Biwi No.1 was the third title in the No. 1 (film series) directed by David Dhawan and starring Karisma Kapoor 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. Salman Khan replaced Govinda who had a disagreement with Sushmita Sen on the set and walked out of the film.[4]


Prem (Salman Khan) is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja (Karishma Kapoor), and together they have two children. Unsatisfied, he begins an affair with a beautiful aspiring model, Rupali (Sushmita Sen). 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 makes up — with Lakhan saying she is his "Biwi no. 1."



The movie response was good in parts of India, and considered a Super-hit,[5] 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 48th in the List of Top 500 Bollywood movies after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 2.4 billion.[6] 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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