Biwi No.1

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Biwi No.1
Biwi No.1 poster.jpg
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Written byKamal Haasan
Story byBalu Mahendra
Based onSathi Leelavathi
by Balu Mahendra
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Music byAnu Malik
Distributed byTips Industries
Star India
Release date
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget₹12 crore[1]
Box office₹52.80 crore[2]

Biwi No.1 (transl. Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by David Dhawan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani, being a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. It stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Tabu along with Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Rajeev Verma and Guddi Maruti in special appearance.[3]

Made on a total budget of 9 crore, Biwi No. 1 premiered theatrically worldwide on 28 May 1999 and was the third highest grossing film of the year with a global collection of 52.80 crore.[4] At the Filmfare Awards, the film received 7 nominations; Sen won the Best Supporting Actress Award there for her performance.[2]

The distribution rights of the movie were sold to Star India .


Prem Mehra is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja Makhija, and they have 2 children. Rupali Walia arrives at Prem's office to give interview for role of a model. They are attracted to each other, ultimately fall in love and begin a romantic relationship. Rupali is much preferable to Prem due to her modern lifestyle and fashionable choices as compared to Pooja. Pooja learns about them and asks Prem to choose between Rupali or his family.

He chooses and moves in with Rupali, leaving his family behind with Pooja. With the help of Prem's friend Lakhan Khurana, she has a make-over turning modern and taking on modeling assignments. Pooja sends her mother-in-law Lakshmi 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 ex-boyfriend Deepak. Lakhan befriends her, calling her his 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."


  • Salman Khan as Prem Mehra – Lakshmi's son; Lakhan's friend; Pooja's husband; Kamal and Pari's son-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's father. He is a wealthy businessman and reckless car driver who begins an extramarital affair with Rupali, and leaves his own house to move in with her after Pooja learns the truth. With Lakhan's help, Pooja succeeds in breaking Prem's relationship with Rupali and in the end, he returns and apologizes to Pooja.
  • Karisma Kapoor as Pooja Mehra (née Makhija) – Kamal and Pari's daughter; Prem's wife; Lakshmi's daughter-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's mother. She is a simple housewife. After Prem leaves the house to move in with his mistress Rupali, Pooja takes Lakhan's help and does several attempts that are successful in Prem breaking up with Rupali.
  • Anil Kapoor as Dr. Lakhan Singh Khurana – Prem's friend; Lovely's husband; Billu's father. He works as an doctor, and is Pooja's partner in getting Prem back to her and breaking his relationship with Rupali. Their plan succeeds when they invite Rupali's ex boyfriend Deepak to Khurana house, and Rupali unites with him, leaving Prem.
  • Sushmita Sen as Rupali Walia – Prem's mistress; Lovely's friend; Deepak's ex girlfriend. She is introduced as an model and falls in love and moves in with Prem happily. But later after Prem slaps her due to a misunderstanding and Pooja's plan to separate the two is successful, she gets back with Deepak believing him to be her true love.
  • Tabu as Lovely Khurana – Lakhan's wife; Billu's mother; Rupali's friend. She is a simple housewife, and motivates Pooja about Prem's return after he left the house for Rupali.
  • Himani Shivpuri as Lakshmi Mehra – Prem's mother; Pooja's mother-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's grandmother.
  • Master Varun as Bunty "Billu" Khurana — Lakhan and Lovely's son
  • Baby Karishma as Pinky Mehra – Prem and Pooja's daughter; Rinku's sister; Kamal, Pari and Lakshmi's granddaughter
  • Master Shahrukh as Krishna "Rinku" Mehra – Prem and Pooja's son; Pinky's brother; Kamal, Pari and Lakshmi's grandson

Special appearance[edit]

  • Saif Ali Khan as Deepak Singhania – Rupali's ex boyfriend, with whom Rupali parted ways as she wanted to happily live a married life with a wealthy man. He is invited by Lakhan and Pooja at the Khurana house as a part of their plan to remove Rupali out of Prem's life, and Rupali also arrives there as told by Lakhan. After some years she meets and gets back with Deepak, leaving Prem.
  • Amitabh Bachchan as Himself – He gave speech at the parents' day in Rinku and Pinky's school
  • Rajeev Verma as Kamal Makhija – Pari's husband; Pooja's father; Prem's father-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's grandfather. He never liked his son-in-law Prem and has always thought that he wasn't the right choice for Pooja.
  • Kannu Gill as Pari Makhija – Kamal's wife; Pooja's mother; Prem's mother-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's grandmother.


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. 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 considered a super-hit,[2] 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, 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[edit]

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Best Film Vashu Bhagnani Nominated
Best Director David Dhawan
Best Actress Karishma 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 Karishma 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 Sushmita Sen Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated


The Biwi No.1 soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik except for "Hai Hai Mirchi" which was composed by Sukhwinder Singh. The lyrics were written by Sameer, Dev Kohli (only "Biwi No. 1"), and Sukhwinder Singh (only "Mehboob Mere" & "Hai Hai Mirchi"). The songs "Chunnari Chunnari" and "Ishq Sona Hai" became major hits after their release in 1999. The track "Aan Milo Ya Milne Se" did not feature in the movie.

1."Chunnari Chunnari"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anuradha Sriram05:36
2."Biwi No.1"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Poornima Shrestha07:19
3."Jungle Hai"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 Ya Milne Se"Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan07:47
Total length:51:31


  1. ^ "Highest Budget Movies 1999".
  2. ^ a b c "Biwi No.1 – Movie – Box Office India".
  3. ^ Vijiyan, K.N. (12 June 1999). "See 'Biwi' for stars and Salman's antics". New Straits Times. p. 24.
  4. ^ "Highest Budget Movies 1999".
  5. ^ "All Time Rank".

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