English Babu Desi Mem

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English Babu Desi Mem
इंग्लिश बाबू देसी मेम
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Directed by Praveen Nischol
Produced by Praveen Nischol
Written by G.M. Ayaz
Ali Raza
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Sonali Bendre
Sunny Singh
Music by Nikhil-Vinay
Cinematography Ravikant Reddy
Edited by V.N. Mayekar
Distributed by Daasa Movies
Release date
  • 26 January 1996 (1996-01-26)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 3.5 crore (equivalent to 13 crore or US$2.1 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 6.89 crore (equivalent to 26 crore or US$4.1 million in 2016)[2]

English Babu Desi Mem (Hindi: इंग्लिश बाबू देशी मेम, English: English sir, Indian madam) is an Indian film of Bollywood, released in 1996 starring Shah Rukh Khan, Sonali Bendre and Sunny Singh. The rights for this film are now owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.[3]


Vikram Mayur, a rich Indian, born and raised in England, returns home to Bombay, to look for his late brother Hari's eight-year-old son, Nandlal (or Nandu) raised by his caring aunt Bijuriya. Vikram faces a dilemma when he is torn between choosing to take Nandu back to England to learn his family's business or risk throwing it all away by staying in India to be with Bijuriya, whom he slowly falls in love with. This film features Shahrukh Khan in a triple role as Gopal Mayur and his sons Hari and Vikram.


Hari and Vikram (both played by Shahrukh) are brothers of the head of Mayur group of industries. Hari is a registered pilot and elder of the two brothers. Hari's father had promised his business partner that Hari will be married to the latter's daughter. Hari tries to resist the marriage but receives clear signals that his father won't budge. Once during a test flight, while Hari is flying solo, he fakes an accident that leads everyone to believe he died.

In reality, Hari survives. When he finally comes to the shore, he is in Mumbai. He meets a poor girl (Rajeshwari Sachdev) and the two fall in love. They get married and start their own family. Tragedy strikes when their house gets accidentally burnt and Hari and his wife die in the fire. Their son Nandu (Sunny Singh) is brought up by his aunt and Hari's sister-in-law, Bijuriya (Sonali Bendre).

When Hari's son is 8 years old, Vikram comes to Mumbai. Vikram was never satisfied by the story that his brother died in a plane crash. After years of investigating, Vikram correctly predicts that his brother survived and most likely landed in India. He learns that Hari is dead, but his son is alive.

Vikram believes that as Hari's son (whom he affectionately calls Master Mayur) is the next generation of Mayur industries, he should be taken back with him. Bijuriya, who is a bar dancer, objects to this. Vikram and Bijuriya have not met yet. Vikram does not even know who has brought his nephew up. Bijuriya knows that if Vikram goes to court, she will lose Nandu forever.

Bijuriya pretends to be Princess Sonali, a royal family member who was Vikram's nephew's guardian. Vikram falls for her charade and slowly falls in love with her. But one day, her truth is exposed to him. Vikram decides to take his nephew back with him immediately. The nephew, who detests his newfound uncle and adores his aunt like a mother figure, protests this, but Vikram remains adamant.

Bijuriya forces Nandu to go with Vikram after getting to know that Nandu misses school and does petty jobs to earn money to marry off Bijuriya. She is forcibly taken to sleep with a goon (Kiran Kumar) who had her eyes on her, just to fight for the child one last time. When Vikram learns about this, he comes to the goon's hideout just before he is about to rape Bijuriya. Vikram overpowers the goon and saves Bijuriya. He is convinced that Bijuriya will be the best parent for his nephew. Vikram marries Bijuriya and takes her and his nephew back with him.


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Bharatpur Lut Gaya" Poornima
2 "Deewana Main Tera Deewana" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
3 "O Bijuria Sun" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Jolly Mukherjee
4 "Na Tere Bina" Kavita Krishnamurthy
5 "Love Me Honey Honey" Udit Narayan, Poornima
6 "Kaise Mukhde Se" Asha Bhosle
7 "Dhol Baje Khuddam" Vinod Rathod, Alka Yagnik

Box office[edit]

English Babu Desi Mem grossed 6.40 crore (US$990,000) in India and $135,000 (49.61 lakh) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 6.89 crore (US$1.1 million), against its 3.50 crore (US$540,000) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 1.69 crore (US$260,000), and grossed 2.78 crore (US$430,000) in its first week.[2] It is the 28th-highest-grossing film of 1996 worldwide.[4]


It opened on Friday, 26 January 1996, across 145 screens, and earned 31 lakh (US$48,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 1 crore (US$160,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 1.64 crore (US$250,000) nett. The film earned a total of 3.78 crore (US$590,000) nett, and was declared "Flop" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 30th-highest-grossing film of 1996 in India.[5]


It earned $135,000 (49.61 lakh) outside India.[2] Overseas, it was the 10th-highest-grossing film of 1996.[6]

'English Babu Desi Mem' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
3.78 crore (US$590,000)
Distributor share:
1.82 crore (US$280,000)
Total Gross:
6.40 crore (US$990,000)
(Outside India)
$135,000 (49.61 lakh)
Worldwide 6.89 crore (US$1.1 million)


  1. ^ "English Babu Desi Mem Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "English Babu Desi Mem Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "red chillies". 
  4. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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