Shri 420 (1955)
Director: Raj Kapoor; Writer: K.A. Abbas, V.P. Sathe; Producer: Raj Kapoor; Cinematographer: Radhu Karmakar; Editor: G.G. Mayekar; Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Nadira, Nemo, Lalita Pawar, M. Kumar, Hari Shivdasani, Nana Palsikar, Bhudo Advani, Iftikhar, Sheila Vaz, Ramesh Sinha, Rashid Khan, Pesi Patel, S. P. Berry, Kathana, Satyanarayan, Shailendra, Rajoo, Mansaram, Uma Devi, Anwari, Indira, Mirajkar, Bhagwandas, Bishamber
Duration: 02:43:41; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 105.185; Saturation: 0.000; Lightness: 0.221; Volume: 0.155; Cuts per Minute: 9.054; Words per Minute: 44.015
Having played a tramp in Awara
Kapoor elaborates his vagabond image further
with this sentimental story about Raju (Kapoor),
a country boy carrying the archetypal bundle on
the end of a stick over his shoulder, who tries to
make his fortune in Bombay. The city is
presented in terms of Abbas’s familiar
stereotypical contrast between the corruption of
the urban rich and the warm-hearted poor (e.g.
Pawar as the fruit-seller). Raju falls in love with
Vidya (Nargis), a poor schoolteacher who has a
paralysed father. Maya (Nadira) is the femme
fatale who embroils Raju in a decadent life. Raju
is seen gambling, playing the trumpet in a club,
surrounded by dancing-girls (the number
Mudmud ke na dekh), and he becomes a
conman in the employ of Maya’s friend Seth Sonachand
Dharmanand, a ruthless capitalist.
When he is used to swindle the homeless living on the pavements of Bombay, Raju
rebels and a lively chase involving a bag of
money provides the bridge to the happy ending.
Opening with the Chaplin number Mera Joota
hai japani (sung by Mukesh), the film includes
some of the star’s most famous star songs: the
carnivalesque Dil ka haal sune dilwala (sung by
Manna Dey) and the best-known Kapoor-Nargis
duet, performed in the rain as they fall in love,
Pyar hua ikraar hua (sung by Manna Dey and
Khwaja Ahmed Abbas
The original shoes worn by Raj Kapoor in the song
Source: Nasreen Munni Kabir, Sideways-Glance-Hindi-Cinema-Diary/
Song: Mera joota hai japani
Sampled by Ncube and Naezy aka Schizophrenics for the song "Bimaar - The Psypher 1.5" by Ncube, Saheb and Naezy.
"When you merge Indian Old School melody with Old School Hip-Hop, the joint becomes SICK and this dudes making it sicker!"
coming to Bombay
entering the city
Pagdi, literally turban. Here means a surety, a deposit.
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Song: Dil ki haal sune dilwala
Song: Ichak daana bichak daana
The oligarchical "Seth", name prefixed with the word Sona (gold) is a recurring figure in screenplays written by KA Abbas. Here he is a speculator, and industrialist with political aspirations.
Roti Kapda Makan
Song: Pyaar hua iqraar huaa
Song: Mud mud ke naa dekh, mud mud ke
Song: O jaanewale
Sonachand Dharmanand bankrolls Raj's first enterprise, and the Tibet Gold Company sequence
Song: instrumental, dance
Song: Ramaiya vastavaiya
Long live Janata Colony!
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Song: ...nikal pade hain... mera joota hai japani
A peoples colony, or Janata colony, over the hill and far away (from the island city).