Biwi No.1

Biwi No.1 (transl. Wife No. 1) is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by David Dhawan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani, and featuring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Tabu, and Sushmita Sen, Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan appear in cameo roles. The film was theatrically released in India on 28 May 1999, receiving generally positive reviews from critics, and proved to be the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. The film was nominated for seven awards at the 45th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Bhagnani), Best Director (Dhawan), Best Actress (Karisma Kapoor), and Best Comedian (Khan and Anil Kapoor), winning Best Supporting Actress (Sen). It is a remake of the 1995 Tamil-language film Sathi Leelavathi.[3]

Biwi No.1
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Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byKamal Haasan
Story byBalu Mahendra
Based onSathi Leelavathi
by Balu Mahendra
StarringAnil Kapoor
Salman Khan
Karishma Kapoor
Sushmita Sen
Amitabh Bachchan
Saif Ali Khan
Music byAnu Malik
Distributed byTips Industries
20th Century Studios
Release date
  • 28 May 1999 (1999-05-28)
Running time
148 minutes
Budget120 million[1]
Box office₹498 million[2]


Prem (Salman Khan) is married to the loving yet traditional Pooja (Karishma Kapoor), and together they have two children. One day, Rupali Walia (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. The couple starts a Romantic Relationship . Rupali is much 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 to Lovely that she is his "Biwi no. 1."


Actor / Actress Role Notes
Salman Khan Prem Mehra A wealthy businessman and a reckless car driver; Pooja's husband; Lakhan's friend; Rupali's love interest; Rinku and Pinky's father.
Karishma Kapoor Pooja Makhija Mehra A housewife; Prem's wife; Rinku and Pinky's mother.
Sushmita Sen Rupali Walia A model; Lovely's friend; Prem's love interest; Deepak's girlfriend
Anil Kapoor Lakhan Singh Khurana A doctor; Prem's friend; Lovely's husband; Billu's father.
Tabu Lovely Khurana A housewife; Lakhan's wife; Billu's mother
Himani Shivpuri Sushila Devi Mehra Prem's mother; Pooja's mother-in-law; Rinku and Pinky's paternal grandmother
Master Varun Bunty "Billu" Khurana Lakhan and Lovely's son
Baby Karishma Pinky Mehra Prem and Pooja's daughter; Rinku's twin sister
Master Shahrukh Krishna "Rinku" Mehra Prem and Pooja's son; Pinky's twin brother
Saif Ali Khan Deepak Rawat Rupali's boyfriend (cameo)
Amitabh Bachchan Himself Gave speech at the parents' day in Rinku and Pinky's school (cameo)
Rajeev Verma Kamal Makhija Pooja's father (cameo)
Guddi Maruti Prema Makhija Pooja's mother (cameo)


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. Manisha Koirala was offered the role of Pooja, but she rejected it for unknown reasons and was subsequently replaced by Karishma Kapoor. Filming took place in areas of Florida such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Second part of filming took place in Delhi and Mumbai compound areas.


The movie response was good in parts of India, and considered a super-hit,[2] 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 ranks 53rd in the List of Top 500 Bollywood movies after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 49.81 crores.[4]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Best Film Vashu Bhagnani Nominated
Best Director David Dhawan
Best Actress Karishma Kapoor
Best Comedian Anil Kapoor
Salman Khan
Best Music Director Anu Malik
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Comedian Anil Kapoor Won
Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen
Best Actress Karishma Kapoor Nominated
Screen Weekley Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Sushmita Sen Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated


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


  1. ^ "Highest Budget Movies 1999".
  2. ^ a b "Biwi No.1 – Movie – Box Office India".
  3. ^ Vijiyan, K.N. (12 June 1999). "See 'Biwi' for stars and Salman's antics". New Straits Times. p. 24.
  4. ^ "All Time Rank".

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