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Mera Naam Joker

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914-1987) is considered one of the pioneers of Indian parallel or neo-realistic cinema. He was a film-maker, novelist, screenwriter and a journalist in Urdu, Hindi and English, who preferred to call himself a communicator. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969.

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AUTHORAbbas K A
TITLEMera Naam Joker
ISBN139789350296233
LANGUAGEEnglish
Price299
IMPRINTHarpercollins

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The novelized version of the cult film, Mera Naam Joker It was by all accounts one of the biggest gambles in Hindi cinema of the time: five years in the making, with a running time of over four hours and two intervals, including two of the best-known circus troupes of India and the Soviet Union. Add to that an outstanding musical score. Mera Naam Joker was to be Raj Kapoor's magnum opus. Whetting audience appetite were indications that it would also be the Showman's most autobiographical film. Nothing, it seemed, could come between the film and box-office glory. Shockingly, the film bombed at the box-office - and so badly that RK Films, one of India's foremost studios, was almost wiped out in the wake of that disaster. Interestingly enough, over the last forty years, the film has attained a cult status and is one of the highestselling home videos in India. At the time of the film's release, its writer K.A. Abbas, in an act years ahead of its time, also published the novelized version of the film to great commercial success. Mera Naam Joker: The Complete Story is that book. A perceptive introduction by Suresh Kohli, analysing the tortuous making of the film and the reasons for its failure, also offers an insight into the creative process through which a story transforms into a film.

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Mera Naam Joker

Mera Naam Joker

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914-1987) is considered one of the pioneers of Indian parallel or neo-realistic cinema. He was a film-maker, novelist, screenwriter and a journalist in Urdu, Hindi and English, who preferred to call himself a communicator. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969.

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