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Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced bySajid Nadiadwala
Story byE. V. V. Satyanarayana
StarringSalman Khan
Karisma Kapoor
Music byAnu Malik
Koti (Background score)
CinematographyW. B. Rao
Distributed byNadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment
Release date
  • 7 February 1997 (1997-02-07)[1]
Running time
136 minutes
Budget6.25 crore[1]
Box office23.4 crore[1]

Judwaa (transl. Twins) is a 1997 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film, directed by David Dhawan, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and starring Salman Khan in a dual role opposite Karisma Kapoor and Rambha. Released on 7 February 1997, the film was successful at the box office. The film was a remake of the Telugu film Hello Brother (1994), which in turn is loosely based on the Jackie Chan film Twin Dragons (1992).[2] Judwaa was the first collaboration between Dhawan and Khan.


Jayantilal "Ratan" (Deepak Shirke) is a dacoit. Inspector SP Malhotra (Dalip Tahil) arrests him. Ratan wounds himself and is taken to the hospital, where Malhotra is waiting for his wife Geeta (Reema Lagoo), who is in labour. She gives birth to twins and the doctor explains that both babies have a reflection mentality, which means that "what happens with one baby might be felt and reflected by another" depending on the proximity between them. Ratan escapes and takes one of the twins with him, injuring Geeta. Malhotra goes behind him, but unable to find his son, shoots escaping Ratan to stop him. The kid grows up as Raja (Salman Khan) and finds a girl child, who he adopts as his sister. He finds another orphan, Rangeela (Shakti Kapoor) and becomes his friend. They both together take care of the girl and become thieves. On the other hand, Geeta goes into depression and gets paralysed. Malhotra takes her to the US for her treatment, where the other twin Prem (also Salman Khan) is brought up. He comes to India as a rock star for a show. He is received by Kader Khan (Malhotra's friend) who wishes to marry his daughter Mala (Karisma Kapoor) to him. But Mala is in love with Raja. At the airport, Prem finds Rupa (Rambha), daughter of Sundari Batwani (Bindu), the organizer of his public shows. Prem falls in love with Roopa. Tony (Jack Gaud), Sundari's nephew also wishes to marry Roopa. Meanwhile, Mala misunderstands Prem for Raja and starts flirting with him. One day, in a restaurant, both Twins see each other and find out that they are identical, which leads to hilarious misunderstandings.

Meanwhile, Raja's sister Neelam (Sheetal Joshi) sees local goon Ratanlal Tiger (Mukesh Rishi) (son of Ratan), killing an Inspector on the road and becomes a key witness of the murder in court. Enraged Tiger molests her and Raja fights with him to save his sister. Tiger, again to get his revenge from Raja, sends his henchman named Tommy (Shashi Kiran) as the groom of Neelam, but Raja finds out his plan and marries his sister to somebody else. The court announces the death sentence to Tiger for the murder of Inspector he shot earlier. Days pass, Neelam becomes pregnant and she is admitted to a hospital for her delivery. Raja asks Prem to stay at the hospital as he is going in search of money, Prem visits his father Malhotra. At the same time, Tiger escapes from jail to kidnap Neelam and recognises Malhotra, who shot his father Ratan and finds out that Raja is his son. He blackmails Raja to get him Malhotra to free Neelam. Raja who doesn't know that Malhotra is his father goes to his house where Geeta also comes out from the paralysis by Raja's touch and he comes to know the truth that they are his parents. Finally, Raja and Prem come together to protect their father from Tiger and the story ends with the duo marrying their respective ladies.


Box office[edit]

Despite concerns that the film would receive underwhelming results, the film's domestic gross was $70,467,623 in its opening weekend from 7,600 screens at 3,933 theaters, averaging $17,917 per theater or $9,272 per screen, the highest opening-weekend gross for a Pixar film (the record was later broken in 2010 by Toy Story 3, with $110,307,189), the highest November opening weekend for a Disney film (the record was broken in 2013 by Thor: The Dark World with $85.7 million) the highest opening weekend for a non-sequel animated feature (the record was broken in 2007 by The Simpsons Movie, with $74,036,787), and the highest opening weekend for a non-franchise-based film for just over five years when Avatar opened with $77,025,481. This opening was the second-highest for an animated film at the time. The film was also number one in its second weekend, grossing another $50,251,359, dropping just 29 percent, and easily out-grossing new animated opener The Polar Express. The film ultimately grossed $261,441,092, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2004. Worldwide, the film grossed $631,442,092, ranking fourth for 2004. It is also the second-highest-grossing 2004 animated film behind Shrek 2 ($919.8 million).


Soundtrack album by
1997 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerAnu Malik
Anu Malik chronology

The soundtrack of the film contains six songs. The music was composed by Anu Malik, with lyrics authored by Dev Kohli and Nitin Raikwar. Background score is by Koti, the tune "Judwa" is a copy of "White Whisper" by Deep Forest.

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Duniya Mein Aaye" Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy 06:02
2 "Go East Or West India Is The Best" Anu Malik 07:04
3 "Oonchi Hai Building" Anu Malik, Sushma Shreshta 05:10
4 "Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara" Abhijeet, Poornima 06:39
5 "Tera Aana Tera Jaana" Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy 04:53
6 "Tu Mere Dil Mein Basja" Kumar Sanu, Poornima 04:46


On 9 February 2016, a reboot to the film, titled Judwaa 2, was announced. The film is once again directed by Dhawan and produced by Nadiadwala, but features Dhawan's son, Varun Dhawan in the leading double role.[3] The trailer of Judwaa 2 was unveiled to audiences on 21st August 2017 and the film was released on 29th September 2017. The only cast members from the original Judwaa appearing in Judwaa 2 are Anupam Kher, albeit in a different role, and Salman Khan in a cameo appearance, while the only songs recreated from the original "Judwaa" were the famous "Oonchi Hai Building (Lift Teri Bandh Hai)" and "Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara (Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12)".



  1. ^ a b c "Judwaa". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "David Dhawan's blue-eyed boys". Rediff.com. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Meet the 'Judwaa 2' trio: David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan and Sajid Nadiadwala". The Times of India. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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