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Biwi No.1 (English: Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by David Dhawan. It stars Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor, and Tabu. It is remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi.[3] Biwi No.1 was the third film in the No. 1 (film series) to be directed by David Dhawan and starring Karisma Kapoor after Coolie No.1 (1995) and Hero No. 1 (1997). It is also the only one of the series not to feature Govinda in the leading role.

Biwi No.1
DVD cover
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byRumi Jaffery
Story byBalu Mahendra
StarringAnil Kapoor
Saif Ali Khan
Salman Khan
Karisma Kapoor
Sushmita Sen
Music byAnu Malik
Release date
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28)
Running time
148 minutes
Budget12 crore (equivalent to 39 crore or US$5.6 million in 2018)[1]
Box office50 crore (equivalent to 161 crore or US$23 million in 2018)[2]



Prem (Salman Khan) is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja (Karishma Kapoor), and together they have two children. One day, Rupali (Sushmita Sen) arrives at Prem's office to give an interview for the role of a model. Prem and Rupali are attracted to each other and ultimately they fall in love. Rupali is much more preferable to Prem due to her modern lifestyle and fashionable choices, as compared to Pooja. On Karva Chauth, a religious ceremony observed by married couples, Pooja discovers Prem at Rupali's house and asks him to choose between his mistress and his family. Prem chooses Rupali and moves in with her, leaving his children and mother (Himani Shivpuri) behind with Pooja.

Pooja, meanwhile, with the help of Prem's friend Lakhan (Anil Kapoor), has a make-over, becoming a modern woman and taking on modeling assignments. Pooja sends her mother-in-law and children to live with her husband and Rupali. They intentionally trouble Rupali and convince Prem that Rupali keeps them hungry and wants to poison and kill them. Ultimately the relationship between Prem and Rupali breaks down.

In the end, Prem realizes that Rupali only came to him since he gave her material things, while his wife stuck with him through thick and thin. Rupali realizes her mistake and gets back together with her ex-boyfriend, Deepak (Saif Ali Khan). In a twist, Lakhan befriends Rupali, affectionately calling her his sister. While hugging her, his wife Lovely (Tabu) walks upon them and misunderstands the situation. She leaves the house crying, but Lakhan chases after and they make up; with Lakhan saying she is his "Biwi no. 1."



Govinda was originally signed for the film, but Salman Khan replaced him later. Rambha was signed for Tabu's role but later opted out. Sanjay Dutt was signed for the film, but was later replaced by Anil Kapoor Bobby Deol was offered the film but declined it because of date problems, and Saif Ali Khan did the cameo in the film later.


The movie response was good in parts of India, and considered a Super-hit,[4] because business effected due to Cricket World Cup 1999. The collections were close to 50% in all centers. Biwi No.1 was the second highest-grossing film of Bollywood that year after Hum Saath Saath Hain. It became an average grosser of 1999 as the most acclaimed movie of the year was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. It ranks 53rd in the List of Top 500 Bollywood movies after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 49.81 crores.[5] Karisma Kapoor's role was offered to Manisha Koirala, but Manisha rejected it for unknown reasons.

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The Biwi No.1 soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik. "Mehbbob Mere" was composed by Sukhwinder Singh and the lyrics were written by Dev Kohli, Sameer, and Sukhwinder. The songs "Chunari Chunari" and "Ishq Sona Hai" became a major hit after the release in 1999.

1."Chunari Chunari"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anuradha Sriram05:36
2."Biwi No.1"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Poornima Shrestha07:19
3."Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat"Kumar Sanu, Hema Sardesai06:13
4."Ishq Sona Hai"Shankar Mahadevan, Hema Sardesai06:17
5."Hai Hai Mirchi"Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik05:37
6."Mehboob Mere"Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik05:04
7."Mujhe Maaf Karna"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anmol Malik, Aditya Narayan, Alka Yagnik07:28
8."Aan Milo"Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan07:47
Total length:51:31


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