1961-1970AsianClassicsIndiaRaj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor – Mera Naam Joker aka My Name is Joker (1970)

Winner of 5 Filmfare Awards: Best Cinematography – Color (Radhu Karmakar); Best Director (Raj Kapoor), Best Music Director (Ravi Shankar); Best Playback Singer – Male (Manna Dey for the song “Ay bhai zara dekh ke chalo”); Best Sound Recordist (Allauddin Khan Qureshi)

Mera Naam Joker is a film about a clown who must make his audience laugh at the cost of his own sorrows. The film is reportedly inspired by Raj Kapoor’s own life and the clown an allegory for his own life as an actor.

It is the story of Raju, whose father was considered the best circus clown ever. Ever since Raju’s father died in a trapeze accident during his performance, Raju’s mother was always repulsed by the circus. As luck would have it, Raju has a natural affinity towards the circus world. The film traces Raju’s journey from his childhood to the day of his last performance.

Mera Naam Joker is divided into 3 chapters. The first chapter is about the adolescent Raju who is infatuated with his teacher Mary (Simi Garewal). Here is where Raju comes to the realisation that he was born to make the world laugh, even through his own troubles.

After his first heartbreak, the story moves on to the adult Raju who is working with Gemini Circus as a clown. The circus is owned by Dharmendra. Here he meets Marina (Kseniya Ryabinkina), a Russian trapeze artist and despite the language barrier he manages to fall in love with her, and dreams of a married life with her. But Raju faces heartbreak once again when the circus ends and Marina returns to Russia. It is in this chapter that Raju’s mother dies just before Raju’s performance, and he has to go up on stage regardless.

In the final chapter, Raju meets Meena (Padmini), a woman who has ambitions of becoming a famous actress. By this point, Raju is a derelict and earns some money through manual labour. Meena befriends him and manages to win his heart only to dump him in the end due to her lust for success.

Six years in the making, with Raj Kapoor investing much of his own personal fortune, Mera Naam Joker flopped at the box office.It was only much later that Mera Naam Joker was acknowledged as a classic. ~ adapted from Wiki

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