Hero No.1 is a 1997 Indian Hindi comedy-drama film directed by David Dhawan. It stars Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in lead roles. The film was inspired from Rajesh Khanna film, Bawarchi. It was remade in Telugu as Goppinti Alludu. Over the years the film has gained cult status and is often telecasted on televisions. The film promised to be the family one providing wholesome entertainment from 90s.
Rajesh Malhotra (Govinda) is the son of a wealthy businessman Dhanraj Malhotra (Kader Khan). However, he is not happy at his home since his father does not let him live his life his way. He escapes from his home and reaches Europe. Meena (Karishma Kapoor) is the granddaughter of Dinanath (Paresh Rawal) and has secured a scholarship to study in Europe. She travels to Europe with her aunt Shannu (Himani Shivpuri).
Rajesh and Meena meet and fall in love. Dhanraj Malhotra reaches Europe in search of his son with assistant Sharma (Rakesh Bedi) and discovers his son is in love. They return to India so that Rajesh and Meena can get married. However, destiny has something else in store for them. As Dhanraj is on his way to discuss his son’s marriage, he accidentally splashes sludge on a pedestrian and both end up quarreling. To Dhanraj’s surprise, the pedestrian, unfortunately, turns out to be Dinanath himself, who, raged with the incident, refuses to Dhanraj’s proposal of his son’s marriage.
Dinanath’s house has a problem. They are a joint family and recently the servant Babu (Shakti Kapoor) ran away. They are now in search of a new servant. Rajesh, on realising that his father did a mess up of the meeting with Dinanath, decides to disguise as a servant named Raju and work at Dinanath’s home.
Everybody in that home has some problem or the other, which Raju (Govinda) solves through his wit. Dinanath’s elder son Vidya Nath (Tiku Talsania) is a teacher in a local college, but is always late and bears the College Principal’s brunt. Raju helps him when he is about to be transferred. Dinanath’s second son Jeevan Nath (Anil Dhawan), is an insurance agent but does not have many customers. Raju helps him by asking all employees in his father’s office to open insurance policies with Jeevan Nath. The younger son, Pappi (Satish Shah) is a struggling music composer. Raju makes him prepare some good music which he uses as his own and gets a break for a film’s music. The elder daughter, Shanno is not in good terms with her husband, so she stays away from him in her father’s home. Raju makes her meet her husband and unites them again. The younger granddaughter, Dimple (Prachi) is a party animal. Raju one day saves her from few rowdies and she turns into a homey girl.
Dinanath is impressed with Raju’s acts, but one day he finds some valuables missing from his house. Police arrive and find Dhanraj, in the guise of a Chowkidar (portraying Raju’s uncle), hiding behind the fridge. Raju and Dhanraj are insulted by the family members and are about to be taken away when Meena reveals Raju’s true identity and the sacrifices he has been through for his love.
Dinanath realises of Meena and Raju’s true love for each other. In the last scene, as he is going in his car along with Meena to Dhanraj’s place, Dhanraj comes along with Rajesh in their way and nearby sludge comes splashing over Dhanraj, thus completing Dinanath’s revenge. Rajesh and Meena get married.
Govinda as Rajesh “Raju” Malhotra, son of Dhanraj, love interest of Meena, masquerading as a servant in Dinanath’s house.
Karisma Kapoor as Meena Nath, granddaughter of Dinanath, love interest of Raju.
Kader Khan as Dhanraj Malhotra, Rajesh’s father, big businessman, former enemy of Dinanath, because he splashed Dinanath with muck while driving back home from work.
Paresh Rawal as Dinanath, Meena’s grandfather, former enemy of Dhanraj, who got splashed with muck, while walking on the street, by Dhanraj.
Satish Shah as Pappi, Dinanath’s youngest son who wants to be a musician, but is struggling to compose songs.
Tiku Talsania as Vidya Nath, Dinanath’s oldest son, a schoolteacher who is not very punctual.
Himani Shivpuri as Shanno, Meena’s aunt
Shakti Kapoor as Babu (Special Appearance), the former manservant who was working in Dinanath’s house
Shashi Kiran as Shanno’s husband, Sunil
Anil Dhawan as Jeevan Nath, Dinanath’s second son, who is an insurance agent, but does not get many customers.
Shagufta Ali as Jeevan’s wife
Rita Bhaduri as Vidya’s wife
Rakesh Bedi as Dhanraj Malhotra’s naïve Secretary
Omkar Kapoor as Jeevan’s Son
Harish Kumar as Meena’s prospective husband
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