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Duplicate is a 1998 Indian Hindi action comedy film directed by Mahesh Bhatt and stars Shahrukh Khan in a double role opposite Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. The movie is a copy of the 1935 movie The Whole Town's Talking. It was produced by Dharma Productions and marks Khan's first of five collaborations with the production company. The film was released on 8 May 1998, and performed moderately well at the box office.

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Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byYash Johar
Written byRobin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqi
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Sonali Bendre
Farida Jalal
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Srinjoy Bhattacharya
Background Score:
Srinjoy Bhattacharya
CinematographySameer Arya
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Distributed byDharma Productions
Release date
  • 8 May 1998 (1998-05-08)
Running time
166 minutes
Budget9.5 crore (equivalent to 32 crore or US$4.6 million in 2018)[1]
Box office21.49 crore (equivalent to 72 crore or US$10 million in 2018)[2]



Bablu Chaudhary (Shah Rukh Khan), a bubbly young man, is an aspiring chef. He gets a job as the head chef at a hotel and meets the charming Sonia Kapoor (Juhi Chawla), the hotel manager. They bond and Bablu falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Manu, (Shah Rukh Khan in a double role), Bablu's lookalike is a ruthless criminal who has escaped from jail to kill his partners, who have betrayed him. One day, when Bablu takes Sonia out for lunch, he gets arrested because the police think that Bablu is Manu. Bablu is able to prove his true identity, but not before Manu hears of his duplicate and decides to take his place by killing him. There is a lot of confusion about who is who by all associated with the two men, including Sonia, Bablu's mother Bebe (Farida Jalal), and Manu's girlfriend, Lily (Sonali Bendre). How these confusions resolve forms the rest of the story.



The songs featured in the film are composed by Anu Malik and Srinjoy Bhattacharya, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. Although Srinjoy Bhattacharya was initially signed as the solo composer of the film, he couldn't complete the project due to Bhatt's other film the same year, Zakhm. However, he composer 2 songs, "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" and "Tum Nahin Jaana".Anu Malik was then brought in to finish the album. After the film was made, Mahesh Bhatt brought Srinjoy Bhattacharya back to do the background score.

The songs were rendered by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Abhijeet Bhattacharya.

# Title Singer(s) Length Music
1 "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" Alka Yagnik and Narayan 06:59 Srinjoy Bhattacharya
2 "Kathai Aankhon Wali" Kumar Sanu 07:13 Anu Malik
3 "Ladna Jhagadna" Kavita Krishnamurthy and Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:28 Anu Malik
4 "Tum Nahin Jaana" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan 06:48 Srinjoy Bhattacharya
5 "Wah Ji Wah" Kumar Sanu 06:04 Anu Malik
6 "Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai" Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu 05:54 Anu Malik
7 "Theme Music" (Instrumental) 00:34 Srinjoy Bhattacharya

Box officeEdit

Duplicate grossed 17.39 crore (US$2.5 million) in India and $1 million (4.10 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 21.49 crore (US$3.1 million), against its 9.50 crore (US$1.4 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening week of 9.44 crore (US$1.4 million).[2] It is the 12th-highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide.[3]


It grossed $375,000 (1.53 crore) in its first week and earned a total of $1 million (4.10 crore) outside India.[2] Overseas, it is the 3rd-highest-grossing film of 1998 behind Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ($6.3 million (26.61 crore)) and Dil Se.. ($2.32 million (9.86 crore)), which were also Shah Rukh Khan starrers.[4]

'Duplicate' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
10.17 crore (US$1.5 million)
Distributor share:
5.14 crore (US$740,000)
Total Gross:
17.39 crore (US$2.5 million)
(Outside India)
$1 million (4.10 crore)
Worldwide 21.49 crore (US$3.1 million)

Awards and nominationsEdit

1999 Filmfare Awards


Bollywood Movie Awards
Year Category Film Result
1999 Most Sensational Actress Juhi Chawla Won


  1. ^ "Duplicate Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Duplicate Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1998". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1998". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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