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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David
... Mary
... Raju's Mother (as Achla Sachdev)
... Young Raju
... Mahender Kumar (as Dharmender)
... Sher Singh
Eduard Sjereda ... Member of the Soviet State Circus (as Edward Sereda)
Kseniya Ryabinkina ... Marina (as Miss Ksiena Rabiankina of the Bolshoi Ballet) (as Moscow)
... Mahender Kumar (as Rajender Kumar)
... Meena / Meena Banu Bochali / Master Meenu
... 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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18 December 1970 (India)  »

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My Name Is Joker  »

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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 »

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at the end of the movie : "positively not the end" See more »

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Kehta Hai Joker Saara Zamaana
Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Sung by Manna Dey
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One of Raj Kapoor's finest movies
28 July 2008 | by 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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