|Bade Miyan Chote Miyan|
|Directed by||David Dhawan|
|Produced by||Vashu Bhagnani|
|Written by||Rumi Jaffery|
|Music by||Viju Shah|
|Cinematography||K. S. Prakash Rao|
|Edited by||A. Muthu|
|Distributed by||Tips Music Films Pvt. Ltd.|
|Budget||₹98 million (equivalent to ₹360 million or US$5.0 million in 2019)|
|Box office||₹452 million (equivalent to ₹1.6 billion or US$23 million in 2019)|
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (transl. Big Mister and Little Mister) is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by David Dhawan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in dual roles alongside Raveena Tandon, Ramya Krishnan, Anupam Kher, and Paresh Rawal, with Madhuri Dixit making a special appearance. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan was Bachchan's first box office hit since his comeback to Bollywood after a hiatus of few years, and its muharat shot was done by Bachchan's daughter Shweta Nanda on 22 December 1998. Produced on a budget of ₹9.8 crore (equivalent to ₹11 crore or US$1.5 million in 2019), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan was theatrically released on 16 October 1998 alongside Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Broke opening day, opening weekend and opening week record; though the latter emerged as the biggest success of the year, it became the second biggest hit in the list and went on to gross over ₹45.2 crore (equivalent to ₹49 crore or US$6.8 million in 2019) worldwide.
Arjun Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pyare Mohan (Govinda) are police inspectors. They share a friendly bond. Arjun's sister, Seema (Raveena Tandon), is in love with Pyare. Arjun has no girlfriend and some petty comments are made about his age.
Zorawar (Paresh Rawal) runs a business smuggling arms and diamonds, under the cover of being a statue maker. Once, in a hotel, he discovers that he is being spied upon and along with the cop spying on him, he gets rid of Madhu (Divya Dutta), an eyewitness.
Madhu's friend, Neha (Ramya Krishnan), witnesses Madhu's murder. Scared, and with the gangsters after her, she calls the police station and asks for Pyare, but since he is not there, Arjun is asked to go to her, and masquerade as Pyare, who had been described as a very good person to Neha by her dead friend. In a considerable amount of confusion, he takes her to Pyare's house and even goes to the extent of asking Pyare to masquerade as Arjun.
Two petty thieves, Bade Miyan (Amitabh Bachchan) and Chote Miyan (Govinda), who are look-alikes of Arjun and Pyare respectively, arrive in town. Confusion ensues when every crime the crooks commit are blamed on Arjun and Pyare. Things goes further downhill when Shyamlal (Anupam Kher), the police commissioner, is also thrashed by the doubles. Arjun and Pyare are blamed for stealing a diamond from a bank and messing up the security operation of Madhuri Dixit (herself). Even Seema and Neha mistake Bade and Chote for Arjun and Pyare.
Arjun and Pyare further land in trouble when Zorawar kidnaps Seema and asks for the diamond and Neha in return. Arjun and Pyare, who have been arrested, are saved by the arrival of Bade and Chote, who confuse their acts of theft and conning, and promise to get Neha and Seema back. Bade and Chote arrive at Zorawar's hideout and stall them while Arjun and Pyare come with the police force and everyone at the hideout is arrested. The crooks leave after apologising to Neha and Seema for the confusion.
However, some of Zorawar's men hijack the police van which is taking Zorawar and his associates to jail. They are stopped on the way by Bade and Chote, asking for a lift. The latter realises who really are in the van and proceed to badly thrash Zorawar and his men and return him to jail. Arjun and Pyare are criticised for their mistake regarding the hijacking of the van and the two crooks are given a job in the police force by the commissioner himself. The film ends with Arjun and Pyare ending up being demoted to the post of traffic police officers and Bade and Chote taking their place as police inspectors.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Inspector Arjun Singh Twins Bade Miyan Saluja
- Govinda as Inspector Pyare Mohan Twins Chote Miyan Singh
- Raveena Tandon as Seema Singh
- Ramya Krishnan as Neha Saluja
- Anupam Kher as Police Commissioner Shyamlal Tripathi
- Paresh Rawal as Zorawar Siddiqui
- Sharat Saxena as Sharad Malik
- Mahavir Shah as Ved
- Kader Khan as waiter Tajkash/Kadar
- Satish Kaushik as Sharafat Ali
- Sushma Seth as Beena Singh
- Divya Dutta as Madhu Khanduja
- Rakesh Bedi as watchman Makkhan
- Asrani as Museum Security Officer Hamak Jaykar
- Avtar Gill as Sundar Kala
- Razzak Khan as prisoner Khalim Dhile
- Tiku Talsania as Jeweller
- Shehzad Khan as Inspector who recorded Zorawar's meeting
- David Dhawan (special appearance)
- Viju Khote as Arun, a man in a purple turban of the train (special appearance)
- Manmauji as Qaran, a bald guy in a train
- Madhuri Dixit (special appearance in the video "Mere Pyaar Kaa Ras Zara Chakhna O Makhna")
|Bade Miyan Chote Miyan|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Tips Cassettes & Records|
|Viju Shah chronology|
The songs of the film, composed by Viju Shah with lyrics by Sameer, worked well. Similar to Shah's prior compositions for films like Mohra and Gupt that became quite popular, the album noticeably showed his offbeat mode of music yielding the tuneful numbers like the hit title track "Bade Miyan Chote Miyan", the hit zippy bhangra number "Makhna" and the groovy "Kisi Disco Mein Jaayein". Singers Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle, Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy allied and rendered their voices for the songs listed below:
|1.||"Assi Chutki Nabbe Taal"||Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle||05:26|
|2.||"Bade Miyan Chote Miyan"||Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle||05:56|
|3.||"Dhin Tak Dhin"||Jaspinder Narula, Sudesh Bhosle||04:53|
|4.||"Deta Jai Jo Re" (I)||Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar||05:10|
|5.||"Deta Jai Jo Re" (II)||Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle||05:10|
|6.||"Kisi Disco Mein Jaaye"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||05:24|
|7.||"Makhna"||Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar||04:57|
|8.||"Assi Chutki Nabbe Taal"||Sudesh Bhonsle, Udit Narayan||01:53|
1-In one of the scenes the lead characters need to release Satish Kaushik’s character (Sharafat Ali) from the police station. Hence both Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda impersonate as police officers and visit the police station. This entire scene is inspired by a scene from a Pakistani play titled Humsa Ho To Samne Aye, which is penned by renowned Pakistani writer, and actor-Umer Sharif.
5- Bade Miyan Chote Miyan had a box office clash with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
6- The director of the film David Dhawan has a cameo scene in the film which only lasted for around 10 seconds.
The film's final worldwide collection was ₹452 million. It was declared a blockbuster.
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