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Mera Naam Joker (1970)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  December 1970 (India)
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manoj Kumar ...
David
Simi Garewal ...
Mary
Achala Sachdev ...
Raju's Mother (as Achla Sachdev)
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Young Raju
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Mahender Kumar (as Dharmender)
Dara Singh ...
Sher Singh
Eduard Sjereda ...
Ksenia Ryabinkina ...
Marina (as Miss Ksiena Rabiankina of the Bolshoi Ballet) (as Moscow)
Rajendra Kumar ...
Mahender Kumar (as Rajender Kumar)
Padmini ...
Meena / Meena Banu Bochali / Master Meenu
Om Prakash ...
Circus Surgeon
Agha ...
Circus Surgeon
Rajendra Nath ...
Circus Surgeon
Sunder ...
Circus Surgeon
Mukri ...
Circus Surgeon
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make people laugh and be happy, no matter how unhappy he is within. Along the way, Raju loves and loses, but must always keep a smile on his face because, in the words of his circus manager, "The show must go on." Over six years in the making, "Mera Naam Joker" is Raj Kapoor's semi-autobiographical story of the life, love, and philosophy of an entertainer. Written by HNSampat-2

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Comedy | Drama

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The issue of "Life" magazine that Rajoo (Raj Kapoor) reads on the flight to Mumbai has the same picture on the cover as the one issued in the US on 16 September 1966. The cover shows the famous picture of Sophia Loren in her lingerie by Alfred Eisenstaedt beside the headline "The Face of Our Time." The magazine held by Rajoo is an Asian edition whose other headline ("Election Surprise in Vietnam") is different from the US edition's "Assassination in South Africa," which suggests that it must have been published later. See more »

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References Awaara (1951) See more »

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Teetar Ke Do Aage Teetar Teetar Ke Do Peechhe Teetar
Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Sung by Asha Bhosle and Mukesh
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One of Raj Kapoor's finest movies
28 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I consider Mera Naam Joker to be one of Raj Kapoor's finest movie followed by Sangam. As a child I disliked Mera Naam Joker,I thought it was dull then years later I watched it again and realised how wrong I was. Mera Naam Joker was Raj Kapoor's personal project,he invested millions and millions into MNJ only for it to fail miserably at the box office. Since it's release MNJ is regarded as a cult classic. Looking at the movie you can see where that money went,MNJ has cameos from Bollywood's leading actors:Dharmendra, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar,Rajendra Kumar,Dhara Singh and many more. Mera Naam Joker tells the story of a man who is lonely and unhappy and yet he spreads his happiness around the world dressed up as a clown. The music as per usual for a RK production is extraordinary, my favourite is Jeena Yahan Marna Yahn which has a haunting feel to it. It is a real shame that on it's release MNJ didn't get the recognition it rightfully deserves. MNJ is a unique movie experience that will touch people's heart and will remain fixed in their memory forever


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