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Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 August 1988 (India)
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With a bull-whip and the lash of her tongue, Mrs Bhandari rules her household through intimidation and fear. She treats her husband and eldest son, Suraj, as imbeciles and her adopted ... See full summary »

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Shalu S. Bhandari
Farooq Shaikh ...
Suraj K. Bhandari (as Farouque Sheikh)
Bindu ...
Kamla K. Bhandari
Asrani ...
Secretary P. K. Patialewala
Kader Khan ...
Kailash Bhandari (as Kadar Khan)
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Jagat Dada (as Satyen Kappu)
Kamna ...
Pinky
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Vicky K. Bhandari
Ruchi ...
Ms. Poonawala
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(as Raj Kumar)
Sandeep Solanki
Raja Duggal ...
Dak Bangla Keeper
Master Bhagwan ...
Dancer (song "Hey Babua") (as Bhagwan Dada)
Lalita Kumari ...
Mrs. Poonawala
Jugnu
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With a bull-whip and the lash of her tongue, Mrs Bhandari rules her household through intimidation and fear. She treats her husband and eldest son, Suraj, as imbeciles and her adopted daughter as a doormat. Only her youngest son receives her approval. Suraj goes missing for a few days and returns with a secret. Soon, a spirited girl from the country arrives unexpectedly. Mrs Bhandari's reign of terror is about to be challenged and a no holds barred battle commences. Written by van Goethem

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The voice of Salman Khan in this film was not his own, and was dubbed. He then used his own voice in his launchpad movie: Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) See more »

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References Mughal-E-Azam (1960) See more »

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Gham Diye Mustaqil, Kitna Nazuk Hai Dil
from Shahjehan (1946)
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You'll need more than just a seat belt to survive THIS bumpy night !
21 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In films like "First Love", the rotund, gravel-voiced Eugene Palette used to do a great turn as a man who watches with detachment whilst his wife and offspring made fools of themselves. Eventually, his bottled up indignation would explode to good comic effect. In "Biwi Ho To Aisi " (roughly, "a wife should be like this") Kader Khan (or Kadar as he is credited here) is cast in the Eugene Palette role. He does a fine job of humouring his ill-tempered wife, whilst consoling her victims and confiding to the audience with direct-to-camera asides. Bindu, playing the domineering wife, roars round the house like a tornado, heaping high volume invective and scorn on all in her path whilst Salman Khan makes an energetic debut as a pop music loving teenager (in a sub-plot involving a deceitful girlfriend).

Farooq Shaikh (here credited as Farouque Sheikh) shows again what a fine actor he is. His role calls for him to be submissive towards his mother, pally with his father, tender towards his adopted sister and romantic with Rekha. Their scene together, as they take refuge from the "battle of the bindis", is particularly sensitive.

Rekha is at her best, playing a sort of Eliza Doolittle character. We see her first, dressed in a gorgeous South Indian costume, routing a village bully in an extended comic scene. Later, transplanted to the Bindhari household we see her circling her foe physically and psychologically; sizing her up during the battle of wills with Bindu. She also gets an opportunity to put her yoga training to good use in another action scene.

The usual, final plot twist is here made all the more enjoyable for being so deliciously implausible. Altogether, very entertaining.


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