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Mera Naam Joker (1970)

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 »

Director:

Raj Kapoor

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Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (dialogue) (as K.A. Abbas), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (screenplay) (as K.A. Abbas) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manoj Kumar ... David
Simi Garewal ... Mary
Achala Sachdev ... Raju's Mother (as Achla Sachdev)
Rishi Kapoor ... Young Raju
Dharmendra ... Mahender Kumar (as Dharmender)
Dara Singh ... Sher Singh
Eduard Sjereda Eduard Sjereda ... Member of the Soviet State Circus (as Edward Sereda)
Kseniya 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 Sunder ... Circus Surgeon
Mukri ... Circus Surgeon
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Russian | English

Release Date:

18 December 1970 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

My Name Is Joker See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

R.K. Films Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (partial)

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

This film and Sangam the running time were 4 hours with 2 interval (only these 2 films were of this kind) a song was recorded to come in the film as dream song sequance, but this idea was scrapped. Raj Kapoor had kept the ending open as he was going to make part 2 of Mera Naam Joker, but this was shelved. See more »

Crazy Credits

at the end of the cast list.........: ".......with a cast of thousands" See more »

Connections

References Awaara (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan Iske Siva Jaana Kahaan
Lyrics by Shailendra
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Sung by Mukesh
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a sublime study of love
5 October 2005 | by addytorialsSee all my reviews

This supposedly autobiographical epic tale from Raj Kapoor broke all film-making conventions of '70s India. It was too long, there was no constant heroine and the hero never won.

Yet, the story unfolds beautifully, taking the viewer through the life of a simple man and his women. The protagonist is unreal in his simplicity and is more of a metaphor for the ideal lover. And like an ideal lover, he fails again and again. No film has better romanticised the self-defeatist trend of being a "good human being".

It is an understanding of romance in many stages seen through an unbiased almost transparent male perspective. It is more a study of "love" than a love story in itself.

The protagonist, pitched as a clown, brings to light the forever defeated lover, who the world laughs at. Good guys really do finish last. This is no Devdas. This is a man who goes through extreme emotional anguish only to stand back up again and expose himself and his pain to the world so that others may have a good laugh.

The downward spiral of the protagonist's resilient self-defeatist selfless romance bring no conclusive climax. And perhaps, that's how it really is. For people like these, there really is no conclusion. Life just goes on and on and chapters of their defeat just pile on one after the other.

A sublime movie.


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