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Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is an Indian 1998 Hindi-language action comedy film directed by David Dhawan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in dual roles alongside Raveena Tandon, Ramya Krishnan, Anupam Kher, and Paresh Rawal, with Madhuri Dixit making a special appearance. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan was Bachchan's first box office hit since his comeback to Bollywood after a hiatus of few years, and its muharat shot was done by Bachchan's daughter Shweta Nanda on 22 December 1998. Produced on a budget of 9.8 crore (US$1.4 million), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan was theatrically released on 16 October 1998 alongside Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai; though the latter emerged as the biggest success of the year, it became the second biggest hit in the list and went on to gross over 45.2 crore (US$6.5 million) worldwide.

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
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Poster of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byRumi Jaffery
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Ramya Krishna
Raveena Tandon
Paresh Rawal
Anupam Kher
Satish Kaushik
Music byViju Shah
CinematographyK. S. Prakash Rao
Edited byA. Muthu
Distributed byTips Music Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 16 October 1998 (1998-10-16)
Running time
142 minutes
Budget98 million (equivalent to 330 million or US$4.8 million in 2018)[1]
Box office452 million (equivalent to Formatting error: invalid input when rounding or US$Formatting error: invalid input when rounding in 2018)
Verdict: Blockbuster[1][2]


A woman Neha (Ramya Krishnan) witnesses the murder of a friend of her named Madhu (Divya Dutta) by a notorious smuggler Zorawar (Paresh Rawal) but she skips while being chased by Zorawar's goons and ends up in the secure custody of police inspector Arjun Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), a friend of police inspector Pyare Mohan (Govinda). In reality, Neha, unaware of their identities, believes Arjun to be "Pyare", about whom she was agreeably apprised of by Madhu, and so, Arjun has to impersonate Pyare, giving rise to hilarious situations. Concurrently, Pyare flirts with Seema (Raveena Tandon) - Arjun's sister. Everything could have been passable for the two cops if two lookalikes of the cops, by the nicknames "Bade Miyan" (Amitabh Bachchan) and "Chote Miyan" (Govinda) had not been a cause of concern for them because of the misdeeds they commit leading to Arjun and Pyare being accused as the miscreants every time. With background scores of the songs (especially "Bade Miyan Toh Bade Miyan") that stir the listeners, the movie advances through scenes of thrill and amusement.


Arjun Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pyare Mohan (Govinda) are police inspectors. They share a friendly bond. Arjun's sister, Seema (Raveena Tandon), is in love with Pyare. Arjun has no female companion and some petty comments are made about his age.

Zorawar (Paresh Rawal) runs a business smuggling arms and diamonds, under a cover of being a statue maker. Once, in a hotel, he discovers that he is being spied upon and along with the cop spying on him, he gets rid of Madhu (Divya Dutta), an eyewitness.

Madhu's friend, Neha (Ramya Krishnan), witnesses Madhu's murder. Scared, and with the gangsters after her, she calls the police station and asks for Pyare, but since he is not there, Arjun is asked to go to her, and masquerade as Pyare, who had been described as a very good person to Neha by her dead friend. In a considerable amount of confusion, he takes her to Pyare's house and even ges to the extent of asking Pyare to masquerade as Arjun.

Two petty thieves, Bade Miyan (Amitabh Bachchan) and Chote Miyan (Govinda), who are look-alikes of Arjun and Pyare respectively, arrive in town. Confusion ensue when every crime the crooks commit are blamed on Arjun and Pyare. Things goes further downhill when Shyamlal (Anupam Kher), the police commissioner, is also thrashed by the doubles. Arjun and Pyare are blamed for stealing a diamond from a bank and messing up security operation of Madhuri Dixit (herself). Even Seema and Neha mistake Bade and Chote for Arjun and Pyare.

Arjun and Pyare further land in trouble when Zorawar kidnaps Seema and asks for the diamond and Neha in return. Arjun and Pyare, who have been arrested, are saved by the arrival of Bade and Chote, who confuse their acts of theft and conning, and promise to get Neha and Seema back. Bade and Chote arrive at Zorawar's hideout and stall them while Arjun and Pyare come with police force and everyone at the hideout is arrested. The crooks leave after apologising to Neha and Seema for the confusion.

However, some of Zorawar's men hijack the police van which is taking Zorawar and his associates to jail. They are stopped on the way by Bade and Chote, asking for a lift. The latter realises who really are in the van and proceed to badly thrash Zorawar and his men and return him to jail. Arjun and Pyare are criticised for their mistake regarding the hijacking of the van and the two crooks are given a job in the police force by the commissioner himself. The film ends with Arjun and Pyare ending up being demoted to the post of traffic police officers and Bade and Chote taking their place as police inspectors.[3]



The songs of the film, composed by Viju Shah with lyrics by Sameer, worked well.[4] Similar to Shah's prior compositions for films like Mohra and Gupt that became quite popular, the album noticeably showed his offbeat mode of music yielding the tuneful numbers like the hit title track "Bade Miyan Chote Miyan", the hit zippy bhangra number "Makhna" and the groovy "Kisi Disco Mein Jaayein". Singers Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle, Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy allied and rendered their voices for the songs listed below:

All lyrics are written by Sameer; all music is composed by Viju Shah.

1."Assi Chutki Nabbe Taal"Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle 
2."Bade Miyan Chote Miyan"Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle 
3."Dhin Tak Dhin"Jaspinder Narula, Sudesh Bhosle 
4."Deta Jai Jo Re" (I)Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar 
5."Deta Jai Jo Re" (II)Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle 
6."Kisi Disco Mein Jaaye"Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 
7."Makhna"Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar 

Box officeEdit

The film's final worldwide collection was ₹452 million. It was declared a blockbuster and proved to be the second biggest success of the year behind Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.


  1. ^ a b "Bade Miyan Chote Miyan - Movie - Box Office India". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers 1990-1999 (Figures in Ind Rs)". Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Rediff On The Net, Movies: The Bade Miyan Chote Miyan review". 16 October 1998. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ Planet Bollywood. "Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan songs review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 2 November 2013.

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