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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

Writers:

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 Agha ... Circus Surgeon
Rajendra Nath Rajendra Nath ... Circus Surgeon
Sunder Sunder ... Circus Surgeon
Mukri 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (partial)

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has two references from Raj Kapoor's previous movies. In one of the scenes, a biscope is seen featuring videos from "Shri 420" and in another scene title song of "Awara" is played. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Because I Don't Lie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
(uncredited)
Written by Phil Park and Harry Parr Davies
Sung by ensemble cast
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A hypothetical autobiography
27 September 2002 | by avisoloSee all my reviews

Raj Kapoor presents an hypothetical autobiography of scathing power that might be his most uncompromising movie and true legacy. Rishi Kapoor plays the young Raj very convincingly and I found the first part to be the most refreshing and touching. The Joker's philosophy is true but does not have may buyers but use this movie as a grand scale memento mori. Check out Raj Kapoor's 'Jagte Raho' for a more devastating social critique. The film is unique for a true Indo-Russian love story and dialogue in Russian. Love and let live.


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