WriterRobin Bhatt, Akash Khurana, Javed Siddiqi Release date8 May 1998 (1998-05-08) SongsMere Mehboob Mere Sanam CastKajol (Girl on railway station), Shahrukh Khan (Bablu Chaudhary / Manu Dada), Juhi Chawla (Sonia Kapoor), Sonali Bendre (Lily)
Duplicate is an Indian Hindi action comedy film released on 8 May 1998. The movie was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and stars Shahrukh Khan in a double role opposite Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. It was produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions and marks Shahrukh's first of five collaborations with the production company. The storyline is similar to the 1935 movie The Whole Town's Talking. Hollywood film The One starring Jet Li has similarities with this film.
Bablu Chaudhary (Shah Rukh Khan), a bubbly young man, is an aspiring chef. He gets a job as the lead 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.
Shahrukh Khan as Bablu Chaudhry / Manu Dada
Juhi Chawla as Sonia Kapoor
Sonali Bendre as Lily
Farida Jalal as Bablu's mother
Mohnish Behl as Ravi Lamba
Tiku Talsania as Inspector R.K Thakur
Sharat Saxena as Dhingra
Gulshan Grover as Shalaku
Kajol as Girl on the railway (special appearance)
Vishwajeet Pradhan as Tony (special appearance)
The film score is composed by Louis Banks while the songs featured in the film are composed by Anu Malik, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The songs were rendered by Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik & Kavita Krishnamurthy. The songs "Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai" & "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" were very popular.
Duplicate grossed ���17.39 crore (US$2.7 million) in India and $1 million (���4.10 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of ���21.49 crore (US$3.4 million), against its ���9.50 crore (US$1.5 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening week of ���9.44 crore (US$1.5 million). It is the 12th-highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide.
It grossed $375,000 (���1.53 crore) in its first week and earned a total of $1 million (���4.10 crore) outside India. 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 starrer.
Awards and nominations
1999 Filmfare Awards
Best Villain - Shah Rukh Khan
Best Lyrics - Javed Akhtar for "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam"