Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

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Vidya
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Maya
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Ranbir Raj / Raj Kumar of Pipli
Nemo ...
Seth Sonachand Dharmanand
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Ganga Mai
M. Kumar
Hari Shivdasani ...
Philachand
Nana Palsikar ...
Gambler with goatee
Bhudo Advani ...
Gambler
Pesi Patel ...
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Ramesh Sinha
Rashid Khan ...
Radiwala
Sheela Vaz ...
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S.P. Berry
Kathana
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Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the money, loses everything, & the balance is pick-pocketed. He ends up on the beach, meets with Vidya Shastri, a teacher who runs a private school, and both fall in love. Ranbir gets a job in a laundry. When he goes to deliver some clothes to Maya, she notices that he has a way with cards, gets him to accompany her to a casino of sorts, where he wins Rs.20000/-, which unfortunately is pocketed by Maya. Then a rich industrialist, Sonanand Dharmachand, approaches Ranbir, hires him to work for him, and soon Ranbir is on his way to a wealthy life. Vidya gets a first hand look at this wealthy life, and decides to break up with him. Sonachand teaches Ranbir that in order to make money one must never discriminate between the rich and poor. So they set out to offer homes to the homeless for Rs.100/-. Watch ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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In one scene of the song. pyar hua ikraar hua' Raj Kapoor's children,Ritu, Randhir and Rishi, were seen wearing raincoats. Nadira got a good role. After this film Raj Kapoor was to make a film called Ajaanta. and even Hasrat Jaipuri wrote a song and Shanker-Jaikishan worked out a tune, the song was. sun saiba sun. but then Ajaanta was shelved, instead Aah. was made and that Hasrat Jaipuri song was then used, after 30 years, in Raj Kapoor's last directed film, Ram Teri Ganga Maili. See more »

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Mera Joota Hai Japani, Yeh Patloon Englishtani
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi & Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
Performed by Mukesh
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Great Cinema
4 August 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Poor and naive graduate Raj (Raj Kapoor) comes to Bombay looking for work, but can't find any. He falls in love with idealistic schoolteacher Vidya (Nargis), but when the rich, deceptive Maya (Nadira) accidently finds out about his talents for card-manipulation, she introduces him to the world of gamblers, card-sharks and corrupt businessmen. In the end, will he choose for Maya and a life of crime or the innocence and purity of Vidya? Take a wild guess...

How anemic do Hollywood movies seem when compared to Hindi cinema! Not content to stick to one genre, a movie like Shree 420 mixes musical, comedy, drama, thriller and social message movie and when it's done as well as here, the clash of all these elements result in a movie that's greater than the sum of it's parts. When you've seen Shree 420, you know you've seen a movie.

After Awaara, this movie confirmed to me the utter brilliance of actor/director Raj Kapoor.

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