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Shree 420 (1955)

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When a young man from a small town decides to make it big in a city, he faces several challenges.


Raj Kapoor


Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (story & dialogues) (as K.A. Abbas), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (screenplay) (as K.A. Abbas) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nargis ... Vidya
Raj Kapoor ... Ranbir Raj / Raj Kumar of Pipli
Nadira ... Maya
Nemo Nemo ... Seth Sonachand Dharmanand
Lalita Pawar ... Ganga Mai
M. Kumar M. Kumar
Hari Shivdasani Hari Shivdasani ... Philachand
Nana Palsikar ... Gambler with goatee
Bhudo Advani Bhudo Advani ... Gambler
Pesi Patel Pesi Patel ... (as Pessi Patel)
Ramesh Sinha Ramesh Sinha
Rashid Khan Rashid Khan ... Radiwala
Sheela Vaz Sheela Vaz ... (as Sheila Vaaz)
S.P. Berry S.P. Berry
Kathana Kathana


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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Sadhna was a background dancer in the song Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh she was just 14 that time. 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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Never give a sucker an even break
10 June 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was a nice film with drama, music, romance and a message made by and starring Raj Kapoor at his peak. He again demonstrated his love of the visual Charlie Chaplin, along with facial similarities his politics were probably not too far removed either.

Jaunty orphan Ranbir Raj makes his way to Bombay to make his fortune, after encountering much human trickery ends up poor in money but rich in love. Reflecting the ups and downs are many good Jaikishan songs, especially Mera Joota Hai Japani and the relentless bouncy Ichak Dana Bichak Dana both sung by Mukesh. Nargis seldom looked lovelier, either when singing in the rain, or in the key emotional scene watching her ghostly version singing her true feelings to Raj. He took to a tuxedo much better than Chaplin did too! The sets were all (RK) studio bound, but were atmospherically displayed in the gleaming black and white.

Overall nothing too heavy but not totally inconsequential either, a perfect example of early Bollywood.

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Release Date:

6 September 1955 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. 420 See more »

Filming Locations:

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

R.K. Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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