Duplicate (1998 film)

Duplicate is a 1998 Indian Hindi action comedy film directed by Mahesh Bhatt and stars Shahrukh Khan opposite Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. In this film, Shah Rukh Khan plays a dual role, first as Bablu (protagonist) and the other one as Manu (antagonist). It marked Khan's first of many collaborations with Dharma Productions. Upon release, the film received mixed-to-positive reviews. It is considered Shah Rukh Khan's best role as a villain.

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Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Written byRobin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqi
Produced byYash Johar
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Sonali Bendre
CinematographySameer Arya
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Louis Banks
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 8 May 1998 (1998-05-08)
Running time
166 minutes
Budget9.5 crore (equivalent to 36 crore or US$4.8 million in 2020)[1]
Box office21.49 crore (equivalent to 82 crore or US$11 million in 2020)[2]


Bablu, a bubbly and childish young man, is an aspiring chef who always prays to God whenever he gets the chance. Then the movie shifts to Manu who is a very big don and a duplicate of Bablu getting chased by the police. It shifts back to Bablu as he gets a job as the head chef at a hotel and meets the charming Sonia Kapoor, the hotel catering manager and the hotel's owner who has a crush on Sonia. Bablu falls in love with her.

One day, when Bablu takes Sonia out for lunch trying to express his feelings, 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 trying killing him. But Bablu saves himself, yet Manu says they have to switch places if he wants to survive so Bablu unwillingly accepts. Soon due to his womanizing nature, Manu flirts with Sonia, but ultimately fails at trying to kiss her. Soon Lily, who is Manu's girlfriend tries to flirt with Bablu thinking him to be Manu but also fails. Bablu is a very kind man who starts teaching all of Manu's gang members, including Lily about morals.

Now seeing that the light is on in Bablu's home, Manu thinking Bablu is home starts calling for him but really it is Bablu's mother. She thinks Bablu is drunk since Manu who is posing as Bablu is calling out for Bablu, so she scolds him and tells him to go to sleep. Soon they switch back since the police are not looking for Manu anymore. Now Manu, who wants to avenge Bablu, calls Bablu's mother and Sonia to a rundown place so they can meet each other so Sonia can now marry him (trapping Bablu). Now Bablu loses much money and thinking Manu did it locates him. Since Bablu runs late, he arrives where Sonia and Bablu's mom are waiting. Thinking they have tracked down Manu they come and try to arrest him. But Sonia intervenes and tells them they have the wrong guy. Bablu now coming to the location tells the police that is Manu. Bablu's mom says that Bablu was a big wrestler before he came to Mumbai and she says whoever pulls her to their respective side is the real Bablu. When Bablu sees that his mother's arms are hurting decides to let go because he can't bear to see his mother in pain. Now the police thinking Bablu is Manu grab him but she says that the man holding her is Manu because she knew that Bablu would not dare to try and let his mother bear any pain. But Manu has a gun and tries to shoot her but before he can do that, Lily shoots him from behind, and reveals that she informed the police because Bablu taught her how to be a good person. The film ends on a happy note with Bablu and Sonia's wedding.



The songs featured in the film are composed by Anu Malik with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The songs were rendered by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Abhijeet Bhattacharya. The songs "Ek Sharaarat (La Lai Lai)" and "Ladna Jhagadna" became hit songs, while "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" became one of the Blockbuster Songs of the Year.

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

Box officeEdit

Duplicate grossed 17.39 crore (US$2.3 million) in India and $1 million (4.10 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 21.49 crore (US$2.8 million), against its 9.50 crore (US$1.2 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening week of 9.44 crore (US$1.2 million).[2] It is the 12th-highest-grossing Bollywood 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 Bollywood film of 1998 behind Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ($6.3 million (21.49 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$1.3 million)
Distributor share:
5.14 crore (US$670,000)
Total Gross:
17.39 crore (US$2.3 million)
(Outside India)
$1 million (4.10 crore)
Worldwide 21.49 crore (US$2.8 million)

Awards and nominationsEdit

1999 Filmfare AwardsEdit

Category Nominees Result
Best Villain Shah Rukh Khan Nominated
Best Lyrics Javed Akhtar for "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam"

Bollywood Movie AwardsEdit

Year Category Film Result
1999 Most Sensational Actress Juhi Chawla Won

Zee Cine AwardsEdit

Year Category Film Result
1999 Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female Juhi Chawla Nominated


Duplicate's DVD was released by Ultra Media & Entertainment.Duplicate's television premiere occurred on Zee TV.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Duplicate Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Duplicate Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 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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