Duplicate (1998 film)

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Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Produced by Yash Johar
Written by Robin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqi
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Sonali Bendre
Farida Jalal
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Louis Banks
Cinematography Sameer Arya
Edited by Waman Bhonsle
Distributed by Dharma Productions
Release date
  • 8 May 1998 (1998-05-08)
Running time
166 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 9.5 crore (equivalent to 30 crore or US$4.7 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 21.49 crore (equivalent to 68 crore or US$11 million in 2016)[2]

Duplicate is an Indian Hindi action comedy film released on 8 May 1998. The movie was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and stars Shahrukh Khan in a double role opposite Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. It was produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions and marks Shahrukh's first of five collaborations with the production company. The storyline is similar to the 1935 movie The Whole Town's Talking. Hollywood film The One starring Jet Li has similarities with this film.


Bablu Chaudhary (Shah Rukh Khan), a bubbly young man, is an aspiring chef. He gets a job as the lead chef at a hotel and meets the charming Sonia Kapoor (Juhi Chawla), the hotel manager. They bond and Bablu falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Manu, (Shah Rukh Khan in a double role), Bablu's lookalike, is a ruthless criminal who has escaped from jail to kill his partners, who have betrayed him. One day, when Bablu takes Sonia out for lunch, he gets arrested because the police think that Bablu is Manu. Bablu is able to prove his true identity but not before Manu hears of his duplicate and decides to take his place by killing him. There is a lot of confusion about who is who by all associated with the two men, including Sonia, Bablu's mother Bebe (Farida Jalal), and Manu's girlfriend, Lily (Sonali Bendre). How these confusions resolve forms the rest of the story.



The film score is composed by Louis Banks while the songs featured in the film are composed by Anu Malik, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The songs were rendered by Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik & Kavita Krishnamurthy. The songs "Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai" & "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" were very popular.

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan 06:59
2 "Kathai Aankhon Wali" Kumar Sanu 07:13
3 "Ladna Jhagadna" Kavita Krishnamurthy & Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:28
4 "Tum Nahin Jaana" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan 06:48
5 "Wah Ji Wah" Kumar Sanu 06:04
6 "Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai" Kavita Krishnamurthy & Kumar Sanu 05:54
7 "Theme Music" (Instrumental) 00:34

Box office[edit]

Duplicate grossed 17.39 crore (US$2.7 million) in India and $1 million (4.10 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 21.49 crore (US$3.4 million), against its 9.50 crore (US$1.5 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening week of 9.44 crore (US$1.5 million).[2] It is the 12th-highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide.[3]


It grossed $375,000 (1.53 crore) in its first week and earned a total of $1 million (4.10 crore) outside India.[2] Overseas, It is the 3rd-highest-grossing film of 1998 behind Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ($6.3 million (26.61 crore)) and Dil Se.. ($2.32 million (9.86 crore)), which were also Shah Rukh Khan starrer.[4]

'Duplicate' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
10.17 crore (US$1.6 million)
Distributor share:
5.14 crore (US$800,000)
Total Gross:
17.39 crore (US$2.7 million)
(Outside India)
$1 million (4.10 crore)
Worldwide 21.49 crore (US$3.4 million)

Awards and nominations[edit]

1999 Filmfare Awards


Bollywood Movie Awards
Year Category Film Result
1999 Most Sensational Actress Juhi Chawla Won


  1. ^ "Duplicate Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Duplicate Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1998". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1998". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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