WriterVijay Anand, K.A. Narayan Release date11 November 1970 SongsO Mere Raja CastDev Anand (Johny), Hema Malini (Rekha), Pran (Moti), Prem Nath (Ranjit), Padma Khanna (Tara)
Johny Mera Naam (Hindi: जानी मेरा नाम, English: Johny, My Name) is a 1970 bollywood 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.
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 aeroplane, an associate of criminals, and a police officer. The film was remade in Kannada as Apoorva Sangama with Dr.Rajkumar, in Telugu as Eduruleni Manishi with N. T. Rama Rao and in Tamil as Raja with Sivaji Ganesan.
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.
Dev Anand as Johny / Sohan
Hema Malini as Rekha
Pran as Moti / Mohan
Jeevan as Heera
Premnath as Ranjit / Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh
I. S. Johar as Pehle Ram (Palmist) / Dooja Ram / Teeja Ram
Iftekhar as Chief Inspector Mehta
Sulochana as Mother
Dulari as Poojari's wife
Padma Khanna as Tara
Randhawa as Babu
It was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1970 and the 7th highest grossing Bollywood movie of the 1970s.
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 duo Kalyanji Anandji and pro memoria lyrics of Indeevar.
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 getup.
The song "O Mere Raja" was shot at the ruins of Nalanda and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir, Bihar.