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This is a great film. Perhaps Vijay Anand's best. Of course, Guide is a
terrific film too but Johny Mera Naam is something special. It's way
way ahead of it's time. It's thrilling, emotional, funny, cool and
action packed. And it's got great music, stupendous performances and a
zing from the very first frame when the titles drip red.
Johny defies synopsis. IT's a convoluted and totally incredible story and yet it's seamless, pacy and a ton of fun.
I've seen it over a dozen times on screen. Till a few years back,in the pre multiplex, pre cable times, we used to have matinée shows of old films at reduced rates.
I wish one could see it no screen today. But it's equally enjoyable on TV too. Johny Mera Naam and Deewaar (Yash Chopra's) are two of the best screenplays of the Hindi mainstream cinema.
Johnny Mera Naam is perhaps Vijay Anand's best directed movie. Released
in 1970, this movie went on to cause a stir as did the music as it was
considered to be beyond its time.
Two brothers,Sohan and Mohan, both studying in the same school, have entered the school boxing competition. When the final comes it the two brothers find out that they are fighting each other. Sohan is declared winner but the match is continued at home and the mother tells them that they should wait for their father. Mohan, the elder, being impatient, goes to see his father - a police officer. Instead he witnesses a smuggler by the name of Heera murdering his father. He then tries to catch him by chasing him and lends up hiding in his car.
Years pass by and Sohan becomes an Police inspector and wanting to catch smugglers, he lands himself in a cell with the man who had murdered his father, Heera and introduces himself as "Johnny." He later escapes and meets up with a contact that he had been informed about by Heera - a female by the name of Rekha.
The movie stars the ever green Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Pran, Premnath, Ifteqar and I.S. Johar. The story is good but more than that is the direction by the late Vijay Anand. But the acting by all and especially the comic side by the late I.S. Johar, is absolutely brilliant. The songs to listen out for are "O Mere Raja," "Baabul Pyaare," "Nafrat Karne Waaloh" and "Parbhal Keliye" - they are most memorable as is the music by Kalyanji - Anandji.
I recently saw this movie after a very long time and was in tears as it brought back floods of memories and especially especially childhood ones. This is a movie that is worth watching.
-aa very good film.The cast was brilliant so was the direction. One of the best film Vijay Anand directed. The movie stars Dev Anand, Pran, Hema, Prem Nath, Padma khanna,etc. Dev Anand is brilliant, so is Pran. It's a great story and lovely music. Hema Malini looks gorgeous and her dresses r great. Padma has a small role but she have done great job. Her dance number with Prem Nath is brilliant also. Prem Nath as usual a great villain. I saw this film long time ago when I was a kid but even today I see it still enjoy the film. It has a great suspense, action, comedy and romance. The music that you can never forget. But as far as trimurti films concerns, I think Dewaar was better but this film was not bad at all. The scenes from this film has been copied in many latest films but this was the best film of original. I give it 9.3 /10
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This is a film with an thrilling storyline and keeps your interest
throughout. The acting is excellent, and it is evident why Dev Anand is
legendary and Hema Malini is 'dream girl'. The music is superlative. It
has all the bollywood masala to keep the audience entertained.
On the downside, a few scenes are pretty cringy in terms of indecency or violence to watch alongwith family. I also found the climax to be pretty rushed. We wait for Dev Anand and Pran to reunite all along the film, and then there is very limited interaction between them for all our wait.
Nonetheless, it is a must watch.
This is a simple, lost brothers who finally unite, formula movie, but what
makes it watchable are some great movie moments. I don't think many people
know who Padma Khanna is(poor man's Mumtaz) but her sexy dance will blow
away. Trust me it is unique and has never been done before or since. And
then there is that beautiful song - "Babul Pyaree" - every daughter's
memorable song. One of the most heart pulling song ever pictured. Another
favorite song of mine is the bhakti song - "Govind Bolo Hari gopal bolo".
There are other memorable movie moments like when Dev Anand says that he has been following the daughter so that she would lead him to her father only to realize that the daughter was also trying desperately to reach her father.
If you like Dev Anand and Pran's incredible voice plus some good acting this movie is a must see. Trust me, you will rewind the tape to watch Padma Khanna. Little known fact: Dara Singh's brother has a small role in this movie.
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