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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 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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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

The film was debut of Rishi Kapoor as a child actor. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Swarg (1990) See more »

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Sadke Heer Tujhpe Ham Fakir Sadake
Lyrics by Prem Dhawan
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Sung by Mohammed Rafi
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Memorable masterpiece which is rarely seen today.

Mera Naam Joker will always leave a lasting impression on me. The story was loosely based on Raj Kapoor's life & is a tale of divided into 3 chapters (as the joker would say the 1st chapter representing childhood, the 2nd youth & the 3rd ultimately old age). The film tells the story of a man searching for love, giving his heart & soul to entertain the world asking only for the world to have a place in its heart for him. His philosophy prevents him from showing the negative human emotions as the joker lives for the audience applause he can only laugh at the hardships in life, never allowed to shed a tear in sadness.

A scene that sums this up is when Raju (Joker) loses his mother to a heart attack (when she discovers her son has taken up the profession which killed her husband in a stunt that went horribly wrong). But as they say in showbiz the show must go on. Therefore Raju has no time to mourn for the mother who had supported him all his life. Carrying the guilt that he may have directly caused his mothers death he returns to the stage to his adoring public. However the heartache he feels overwhelms him & in a fit of total despair & loss he cries out 'Maa (mother) Maa'. As the circus clears Raju is the only person left standing alone with empty seats surrounding him. Kapoor effectively pulls off the act of shear desolation shielded by a veil of self-ridicule to really give you an impression of the inner torment that Raju eventually succumbs to.

If you are prepared to ignore the flaws in the film such as the over melodramatic parts (which there are plenty of) & prepared to watch the full 4 hours you should find Mera Naam Joker thoroughly consuming & invaluable insight into the life & relationships of an actor few have surpassed in the Indian film industry.


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