Shree 420

K.A. Abbas (Story, Screenplay, dialogue )
CBFC: U
1955
Hindi
168 mins
  • Awards

    • 1956: Filmfare Awards
    • Best Cinematographer: Radhoo Karmakar
    • Best Editing: G.G. Mayekar
    • National Film Awards
    • 1956: Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film in Hindi

    Cast & Credits

    A Raj Kapoor Film Presents "Shree 420"
    A Film By Raj Kapoor
    Starring Raj Kapoor . Nargis . Nadira
    Directed
    By
    Raj Kapoor
    Story
    By
    Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
    Produced
    By
    Raj Kapoor
    Written
    By
    Khwaja Ahmad Abbas . V.P. Sathe
    Music
    By
    Shankar-Jaikishan . Shailendra (Lyrics) . Hasrat Jaipuri (Lyrics)
    Cinematography G.G. Mayekar

    The number 420 refers to Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, which prescribes the punishment for the offence of cheating; hence, "Mr. 420" is a derogatory term for a cheater. The film centers on Raj, a poor but educated orphan who comes to Bombay with dreams of success. Raj’s character is heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplin's "little tramp", much like his character in his 1951 Awaara. Shree 420 was the highest grossing film of 1955 and the song "Mera Joota Hai Japani" ("My Shoes are Japanese"), sung by Mukesh and written by Shailendra became hugely popular and a patriotic symbol of the newly independent India. The film grossed over Rs.20 million. This record was beaten 2 years later by Mother India in 1957. The movie proved to be popular in other countries, including the Soviet Union, Romania and Israel. In Russia, it was said that Raj Kapoor was as popular as Jawaharlal Nehru due to the success of the film.