Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Mera Naam Joker was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor under R k Films. Radhu Karmakar has handled the Cinematography and the story was written by K.A Abbas.

It Stars Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Kseniya Ryabinkina, Padmini, Rajendra Kumar, Achala Sachdev, and Om Prakash.

It was released on 18 December 1970 and the movie failed at the box-office mainly because of the inordinate length and it takes six-year to be completed and Raj Kapoor investing much of his own personal fortune,

The film was won five Filmfare Awards for Best Music Direction to Shankar Jaikishan, Best Cinematography Award to Radhu Karmakar, and Best Male Playback Singer to Manna Dey for the song “Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo”, Best Director Award to Raj Kapoor, and Best Sound Recordist to Allauddin Khan Qureshi and also won three National Awards for Best Child Artist to Rishi Kapoor, Best Male Playback Singer Manna Dey and Best Cinematography to Radhu Karmakar.

The film’s music, still very popular and it was composed of Shankar Jaikishan, for which he got the Filmfare award, the movie has a total of nine songs, all songs are very popular till yet.

 The story was 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. Three women who shaped his life view his final performance.

Raj Kapoor gives his best performance in the film and his totally outstanding and all other casts including Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Dara Singh, and Rajendra Kumar give their good performance.

 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.