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Mera Naam Joker [DVD] [1970]

Manoj Kumar , Simi Garewal , Raj Kapoor    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra
  • Directors: Raj Kapoor
  • Writers: Manoj Kumar, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
  • Producers: Raj Kapoor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Hindi, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Yash Raj Films
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TL89
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:
Exclusive interview of Manoj Kumar by Dharmesh Darshan
English Subtitles
Digitally re-mastered from the original film
Original theatrical trailer
Presented in original theatrical aspect ratio

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Mera Naam Joker is the story of Raju, whose father was considered the best circus clown ever. Ever since he died in an accident during his performance, Raju's mother had always been repulsed by the circus. As luck would have it, Raju had 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 and deals with his infatuation with his teacher Mary (Simi Garewal). She gives him confidence in himself, and he discovers the world of femininity and desire. But of course she's older than him, and he attends her wedding in a state of false merriment. Mary's lessons nevertheless aren't lost: Raju comes to realise 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 has found work with Gemini Circus as a clown. His dream materialises! The circus is owned by Mahendra Singh (Dharmendra) who has understood Raju's potential and gives him the job. The circus hosts a visiting group of artists from Russia, and he falls in love with Marina (Kseniya Ryabinkina), the lead trapezist. Despite the language barrier they come close, and Raju half hopes that they might live together. But he faces heartbreak once again when the circus ends and Marina returns to Russia. It is in this chapter that Raju's mother dies during Raju's performance, watching her son perform the very stunts which caused his father's death.In the final chapter, Raju has left the circus and wanders around aimlessly. One day he meets Meena (Padmini), a orphaned girl who has ambitions of becoming a famous actress.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tissues at the ready! 5 April 2001
Format:DVD
If you don't choke back a single tear in this melodrama then Raj Kapoor has failed. You see, this film seems to have been written for its perpetual ability to dissolve you into a tearful mess only to sustain you until another bought of crying. However at the end of which you feel throughly de-toxed. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars truley lovely 6 Oct 2003
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Format:DVD
i watched this on tv not so long ago an it left me desperate to find it again. an im over the moon i did! its such a beautiful story with wonderful songs which leave you with a lump in your throat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a surreal circus that is definitive cinema 21 Feb 2009
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A SURREAL AUTO BIOGRAPHY FOR A PROCLAIMED SHOWMAN -RAJKAPOOR'S most postumuously definitive role and movie penned by the genius of K.A .Abbas is a metaphor for the aphorism that 'life is a stage and humanity are merely performers'and it endures that adage in the most enchanting literary and audi-visual grandeur .

The vision and philosophy behind this work is both romantic and intellectual and surreally spendid as it is set in a real life circus to enhance it's thematic treatise .

the story of an itinerant buffoon who lives to entertain others is almost reminescent of the man himself somewhere in the domain where reality and the make belief worlds blur into a grey line and that is 'raju'played by Raj Kapoor from adolescence to old age .

The epic divides itself into 3 chapters in time tracing the life story of the passionately driven visionary man who builds a 'circus show 'with himself at the centrepiece as an omnipresent joker who is the very soul of the entertainment and delivers the most profoundly philosophical dialogues in the charade of a joker as he mocks social travesty .

Raju's ' three failed romantic interludes' are described in detail ,where he loses the lovers to other but his failure in love seems to signify that his achievement in his art has given him more contentment then any marital bliss can bequeath to a human being within this rather deceptive world with superficial transitory love on offer .

The three women are all as different as can be and they all love him in a different capacity but he loves and dedicates his life for his passion to entertain the humanity alone .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mera Naam Joker 1 July 2005
By Patrick
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie in the early 1970's.
This is one movie that has made me think what life is really about as it is based on the life of one of Bollywood's greatest movie makers, the late Raj Kapoor. This film has everything from drama to tragedy but above all its very emotional as it portrays facts of life. The songs are excellent and the late Mukesh, who was considered by Raj Kapoor, to be his voice is just brillaint. The most memorable songs are"Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din" and "Jeena Yahan, Marna Yahan."
This is also Raj Kapoor's son, Rishi Kapoor's, first film. The film has a multi cast, including Simi Garewall, Manoj Kumar, Padmini, Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Achala Sachdev and a Russian actress - Raj Kapoor was much admired in Russia.
Conclusion: A most memorable film.
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