ⓘ Duplicate (1998 film)

Duplicate (1998 film)

ⓘ Duplicate (1998 film)

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 remake of the 1935 movie The Whole Towns Talking. It was produced by Dharma Productions and marks Khans first of five collaborations with the production company. The film was released on 8 May 1998, and performed moderately well at the box office.


1. Plot

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, Bablus 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, Bablus mother Bebe Farida Jalal, and Manus girlfriend, Lily Sonali Bendre. How these confusions resolve forms the crux of the story.


2. Cast

  • Tiku Talsania as Inspector R.K Thakur
  • Farida Jalal as Bablus mother
  • Sharat Saxena as Dhingra
  • Shahrukh Khan as Bablu Chaudhry / Manu Dada
  • Mohnish Behl as Ravi Lamba
  • Vishwajeet Pradhan as Tony special appearance
  • Juhi Chawla as Sonia Kapoor
  • Kajol as Girl on the railway special appearance
  • Gulshan Grover as Shalaku
  • Sonali Bendre as Lily
  • Kunal Vijaykar

3. Soundtrack

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.


4. Box office

Duplicate grossed ₹ 17.39 crore US$2.4 million in India and $1 million ₹ 4.10 crore in other countries, for a worldwide total of ₹ 21.49 crore US$3.0 million, against its ₹ 9.50 crore US$1.3 million budget. It had a worldwide opening week of ₹ 9.44 crore US$1.3 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 Hota Hai $6.3 million ₹ 26.61 crore) and Dil Se. $2.32 million ₹ 9.86 crore), which were also Shah Rukh Khan starrers.