Johny Mera Naam (transl. Johny is my name) is a 1970 Indian Hindi-language crime action film directed by Vijay Anand. The film stars the director's brother, Dev Anand and Pran in the roles of brothers separated in childhood. Hema Malini, Jeevan, Premnath, I. S. Johar and Iftekhar also star in pivotal roles.
|Johny Mera Naam|
|Directed by||Vijay Anand|
|Written by||Vijay Anand|
|Produced by||Gulshan Rai|
I. S. Johar
|Edited by||Vijay Anand|
|Distributed by||Trimurti Films|
Prasad Productions Pvt. Ltd.
At the 18th Filmfare Awards, Vijay Anand won the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award, while actor I.S. Johar received his first Best Performance in a Comic Role for his triple roles: a steward in an aeroplane, an associate of criminals and a police officer. The film was remade in Kannada as Apoorva Sangama, in Telugu as Eduruleni Manishi and in Tamil as Raja.
Mohan and Sohan are the sons of a police inspector. The kids excel in boxing. Their father is killed by a goon following orders from Ranjit (Premnath). Mohan (Pran) kills the goon, takes refuge in a car boot, and goes missing.
Years later, Sohan (Dev Anand) goes on to become a CID officer called Sohan Kumar who solves his cases taking up different guises. He takes the identity of Johny, a petty thief and gets himself in jail, befriends Heera (Jeevan), solves a case wooing Rekha (Hema Malini) and finds the criminal. Finally, Rekha takes refuge in a car boot and goes missing.
The movie boasts one of the best performances of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Johny Mera Naam marked some of the best music composed by the duo Kalyanji-Anandji and pro memoria lyrics of Indeevar.
|"Nafrat Karnewalon Ke"||Kishore Kumar|
|"Palbhar Ke Liye Koi Hamen Pyar Kar Le"||Kishore Kumar, Usha Khanna|
|"O Mere Raja, Khafa Na Hona, Der Se Aayi"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|"Husn Ke Lakhon Rang"||Asha Bhosle|
|"Mose Mora Shyam Rootha"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|"O Babul Pyare"||Lata Mangeshkar|
- The song "Pal Bhar Ke Liye", composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and performed by Kishore Kumar in this film was very popular. It was used at the end of The Simpsons episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore" (2006).
- A scene of the film is shown in the 2007 thriller Johnny Gaddaar, prompting a character to give Johnny as a fake name and hence the film title.
- The song "Pal Bhar Ke Liye" was picturized at the Godawari garden near Kathmandu in which the glamor girl, Hema Malini, appears in beautiful costume.
- The song "O Mere Raja" was shot at the ruins of Nalanda and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir, Bihar.
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