Vijay Anand's Johny Mera Naam (1970)
Blood-red dripping titles, set to Kalyanji Anandji music. Johny Mera Naam is a movie that gives me multiple orgasms. Dev Anand is a dashing jailbird. Or is he? Hema Malini is a gangster's moll. Or is she?
Great songs, big stars, terrific pace and attitude. This is top-notch mainstream Hindi cinema of the 1970s. Nobody dared call us Bollywood then.
Vijay Anand's song picturisations are zany and cinematic. Songs like O mere Raja, Pal bhar ke liye take the story forward. Govind bolo ajee Gopal bolo, a bhajan, is shot like a thriller.
JMN has multiple story strands that come together in one of the most terrific and well-written climax scenes ever.
There's a little homage to this film in Johnny Gaddaar.
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