Beti No.1 (English: Daughter No.1) is a 2000 Bollywood comedy-drama film, written by Santosh Saroj and directed by Rama Rao Tatineni. It was released on 13 October 2000. The film is a remake of the Malayalam film Aadyathe Kanmani. This was Govinda's sixth and last release in 2000. The film opened in 2000 to positive reviews from critics and overseas critics Rotten Tomatoes at 67%, which was rarely seen in Bollywood in the 90s.
|BETI NUMBER ONE|
|Directed by||Rama Rao Tatineni|
|Produced by||Nilesh Dadhich |
|Written by||Santosh Saroj|
|Starring||Syed Bablu Uddin}}|
|Music by||Viju Shah|
|Cinematography||Dr. Prasad Babu|
|Edited by||Tony Glaad|
|Distributed by||S K Enterprise Haslingden LTD|
The film features Govinda, Rambha, Aruna Irani and Johnny Lever in pivotal roles, while Prem Chopra, Ashok Saraf, Laxmikant Berde and Rakesh Bedi appear in supporting roles. well known villain Prem Chopra played a rare positive role in this film. The film opened to highly positive review got cult family entertaining status on TV, with high trp from years.
The story of Beti No.1 deals with how our society has given women a very inferior position. It is the story of Durga Devi (Aruna Irani) whose hen-pecked husband Dashrath Bhatnagar is a ghar jamai. The couple has three sons, Ram (Ashok Saraf), Laxman (Laxmikant Berde) and Bharat (Govinda). Durga Devi has said that she will bequeath all her wealth to her first grandson however her first two sons, Ram and Laxman who are both married have so far only produced daughters, due to this both the wives and their daughters are shunned from the family.
In the meantime, the youngest son Bharat starts to romance Priya (Rambha), a girl of poor stock who works at a telephone booth. They fall in love, however, Durga Devi objects to Bharat engaging in a relationship with an impoverished girl. To prevent Durga Devi from discovering their relationship, Bharat's father, Dashrath (Prem Chopra), provides him and Priya with two lakhs, and they subsequently marry. They live happily together until Durga Devi discovers that they have been deceiving her, and she lashes out at Dashrath and Bharat. Durga Devi fires her maid and makes the new bride, Priya do all the household chores.
As time passes, Priya falls pregnant and is foretold that her child will bring great happiness in the family by Durga Devi's father. Everyone assumes that this means Priya is carrying a son as a daughter could not possibly bring happiness to the family. Durga Devi's behaviour suddenly changes towards Priya and Priya is treated like a princess as she is carrying the requisite heir. However, on a visit to the doctor, Bharat and Priya are informed that they are having a girl and not a son. They soon realise that if Durga Devi ever finds out that they are having a girl then she will once again treat Priya poorly so they decide to play along with the story that she is having a boy. At the time of Priya's delivery, Bharat's friend Mulayamchand's wife is also having a baby. Both wives go into labour together with Priya delivering a girl and Mullu's wife delivering a boy. Durga Devi suddenly collapses and ends up in the same hospital. Bharat's Father sees Bharat holding Mullu's son in his arms, mistakes him for his grandson and runs with the child to revive the ailing Durga Devi. Three days later, Durga Devi insists on taking her son home. Bharat persuades Mullu and his wife to live closer to their home and convinces Mullu and his wife to let them keep their son during the day and would be returned to them during the night and in turn they could keep their daughter during the day and would be taken back at night.
The story goes on and on with the two mothers running from house to house trying to soothe their own respective child until one day they are caught by Durga Devi where she comes to the cliched realisation that she made a mistake in wanting a son and accepts her granddaughters.
- Govinda as Bharat D. Bhatnagar
- Rambha as Priya Bhatnagar
- Aruna Irani as Durga D. Bhatnagar
- Ashok Saraf as Ram D. Bhatnagar
- Laxmikant Berde as Laxman D. Bhatnagar
- Prem Chopra as Dashrath Bhatnagar
- Rakesh Bedi as Bachalal
- Birbal as G.K. Exports Employee
- Avtar Gill as Ramakant Sinha
- Mohan Joshi as raghuveer Yadav
- Satyendra Kapoor as Priya's Father
- Razak Khan as Talwar Singh Chura
- Johnny Lever as Mulayamchand a.k.a. Mullu
- Ram Mohan as Bhima Shankar
- Ashalata Wabgaonkar as Priya's Mother
- Guddi Maruti as Mullu's Maid
- Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia 
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
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The soundtrack of Beti No.1 is composed by Viju Shah. The film has 7 original songs, The soundtrack was released in 1999.
|"Tune Jo Liya Mera Chumma"||Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anuradha Paudwal||Maya Govind, Dev Kohli||5:23|
|"Dilruba O Phoolon"||Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal||Maya Govind, Dev Kohli||5:17|
|"Palkon Pe Aao"||Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Nawab Arzoo, Dev Kohli||5:11|
|"Dil Se Dil Takraya"||Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Nawab Arzoo, Dev Kohli||4:35|
|"Dil Ki Dhadkan"||Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar||Maya Govind, Dev Kohli||4:25|
|"Chori Chori Aankh"||Anuradha Paudwal, Javed Ali||Maya Govind, Dev Kohli||5:53|
|"Mehfil Taa Sajdi"||Viju Shah,
Udit Narayan, Bhupinder
|Maya Govind, Dev Kohli||4:03|
Although a film directed by an established director Rama Rao and written by Santosh Saroj (who also wrote Agneepath), the film was a huge disaster at the box office.