18 Jun 2017

Johny Mera Naam: Hand Painted Poster

Nobody could make a musical Hindi film thriller work like Vijay Anand. Johny Mera Naam (1970) had several things going for it, despite the rawness, awkwardness, formulaic proceedings and flimsiness of it all. One flimsiness example: In the opening credits, the film title appears in blood dripping red font, for some strange reason.

But the Dev Anand chemistry with Hema Malini and Pran is rollicking, so is the Kalyanji-Anandji soundtrack. At almost three hours and still entertaining. Check out the opening scene boxing match between siblings. A unique Vijay Anand touch.    

Mera Naam Joker: Hand-Painted Poster

With a marathon running time of 255 minutes, Raj Kapoor's Mera Naam Joker (1970) was the actor/director's most ambitious film. It was also his biggest box-office disaster. In the making for over 6 years, a lengthy metaphor on life and its phases, the film has gradually gained cult status over the years.