Johnny Walker- Life’s a laugh with the king of comedy

Anyone who’s seen Hindi movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s would remember Johnny Walker in several films enacting a particular scene. You would find him at a sweet meat shop trying out one mithai after another

Johnny Walker- Life’s a laugh with the king of comedy
Anyone who’s seen Hindi movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s would remember Johnny Walker in several films enacting a particular scene. You would find him at a sweet meat shop trying out one mithai after another, each time enjoying it for its freshness or flavor or both. After he has his fill of the mithai, he quietly slinks away without paying for anything he eats. His dialog during this sequence, his expressions and his andaaz make him a scene stealer and it must be very few people who cannot remember Johnny Walker for his ability to evoke a laugh in us.

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Johnny Walker Tribute
  • Born: Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi on May 15, 1923
  • Place of birth: Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  • Died: July 29, 2003 at Mumbai
  • Also known as: Johnny Walker
  • Years active: 1951-1998
However, the man we knew as Johnny Walker is not really so. That’s just his screen name, given to him by famous film actor and director, Guru Dutt, who first gave him a break in his film Baazi. The story goes that Walker (born on May 15, 1923)’s real name is Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi. He was born and raised in Indore and was the son of a mill hand. When the textile mill his father worked for closed down, the entire family moved to Mumbai.

Looking after his 15-member family wasn’t exactly easy, and soon five of them died prematurely. Young Badruddin did all he could to keep his home fires burning, including working at the Bombay Electric Supply Transport (B.E.S.T) as a bus conductor. He worked on many routes though his posting was at Dadar bus depot, central Mumbai.

Badruddin was no ordinary bus conductor—in fact, he was a bus conductor with a difference. He was known to entertain his passengers with his tricks and skits while issuing them tickets. On one such work day, who should jump on to his bus but actor and scriptwriter Balraj Sahni. Sahni was at the time writing the script of the film Baazi (1951) and thought he was the best candidate for a comedian’s role in the film. He introduced 27-year-old Badruddin to Guru Dutt who asked him to perform the role of a drunken man.

As luck would have it, Badruddin did such a fantastic job that, pleased with his screen test, Guru Dutt gave him the name of Johnny Walker after the famous brand of Scotch whisky, though ironically, Badruddin was a complete teetollar.

And so was born Johnny Walker, comedian for a long, long time on the Bollywood film circuit. He also acted as hero in the film by the same name in 1957.

His best films
After Baazi, he acted in several films such as Aar Paar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. ’55 (1955) and in 1956, he starred in Guru Dutt’s C.I.D. From his entire career, Johnny is remembered most of all for his role in C.I.D in which he sang the famous song, Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan, a tribute to the citizens of this city. Another song picturized on him was Sar Jo Tera Chakra Jaye from Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa. This song was set to music when Guru Dutt and Johnny were in Calcutta before the shooting of this film could begin. While breakfasting at a roadside stall, they happened to witness a local masseur massaging a client’s head.

Guru Dutt instructed Johnny to take a close look at them so that they could incorporate it at some time in one of their movies. His friendship with Johnny Walker was so strong and deep that often the director would alter the script to accommodate Johnny. In 1964, when Guru Dutt died, Johnny felt the blow of this very deeply. In the next few years, he got only some bit roles to do.

After C.I.D., he acted in Chori Chori (1956), and the following year, he acted in Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and B. R. Chopra’s Naya Daur. Madhumati was the last film he starred in the 50s and his next film was only five years later, titled Mere Mehboob. This was followed by Amardeep (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Bees Saal Baad and Mere Mehboob (1963), Haseena Maan Jayegi and Shikar (1968), Anand (1971), Pratigya (1975), Shaan (1980). His last film was director Kamal Haasan’s Chachi 420 in 1997, which he did at the request of scriptwriter of the film, Gulzar.

While in the 1950s, film producers always had a film picturized on Johnny because he was the audience’s darling, he was forced to move over in the 1960s when Mehmood appeared on the scene. The demand of the time had changed and there was no room anymore for Johnny’s brand of humor. All in all, he acted in 300 films

Awards
For his role in Madhumati, he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. He won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for his role in Shikar.

Tribute
In a tribute to Johnny, actor and colleague Dilip Kumar once remarked, “Every time there was a function on Independence Day or Republic Day, I was asked to get all these people to perform. Pandit Jawarlal Nehru would specially request for these people especially Johnny Walker and Mukri. And I could get them as they were my friends. Today that he is no more, I miss him. May his soul rest in peace.”
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Walker_(actor))

Personal life
On the sets of Guru Dutt’s Mr. and Mrs. 55, he met Noor, actress Shakila’s sister, whom he married that year. His three daughters are Kausar, Tasneem and Firdaus and three sons Nazim, Kazim and Nasir. Of them, Nasir is a well known film and TV actor. Johnny was a very humble and God-fearing man, who kept a low profile when he was at the top of his career.

On July 29, 2003, Hindi films’ greatest comedian breathed his last in Mumbai
By Mithi Chinoy

Filmography of Jhoney Walker

  1. Chachi 420 – Joseph (as Johny Walker)      1998
  2. Game – Jaggu      1993
  3. Sapnon Ka Mandir – Actor      1991
  4. The Perfect Murder – Jain      1988
  5. Sagar Sangam – Insp. Shamsher Singh      1988
  6. Mera Karam Mera Dharam – Taraknath      1987
  7. Pahunchey Huwe Log – Director      1986
  8. We Two – Michael (as Johny Walker)      1985
  9. Bindiya Chamkegi – Rahim      1984
  10. Meraa Dost Meraa Dushman – Mulayam Singh      1984
  11. Mazdoor – Govinda      1983
  12. Rishta Kagaz Ka – Hanibhai      1983
  13. Shaan – Chacha      1980
  14. Khel Khilari Ka – Khairatilal (as Johny Walker)      1977
  15. Farishta Ya Qatil – Actor      1977
  16. Bundal Baaz – Suleiman M.A.      1976
  17. Santan – Actor      1976
  18. Pratiggya – Thekedhaar      1975
  19. Zakhmee – Johny (as Johny Walker)      1975
  20. Sewak – Actor      1975
  21. Teri Meri Ik Jindri – Sadhu (Zaildara)      1975
  22. Vandana – Actor      1975
  23. Badla – Johny Farbanda      1974
  24. Dawat – Actor      1974
  25. Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam – Hakeem (Medicine Man)      1974
  26. Imaan – Actor      1974
  27. Jurm Aur Sazaa – Actor      1974
  28. Madhosh – Actor      1974
  29. Aarop – Dhondudada      1973
  30. Pyaar Ka Rishta – Actor      1973
  31. Ek Bechara – Actor      1972
  32. Ek Hasina Do Diwane – Actor      1972
  33. Raja Jani – Imartilal      1972
  34. Yeh Gulistan Hamara – Tuna’s Boyfriend      1972
  35. Anand – Issabhai Suratwala/Muralilal #3 (Guest Appearance)      1971
  36. Dushmun – Panditji (Guest Appearance)      1971
  37. Hungama – Actor      1971
  38. Memsaab – Ramkhilavan      1971
  39. Sanjog – Mansukh      1971
  40. Gopi – Ramu      1970
  41. Two Roads – Special Guest      1969
  42. Aadmi Aur Insaan – Gulam Rasool      1969
  43. Nanha Farishta – Actor      1969
  44. Pyar Ka Sapna – Gupte (as Johny Walker)      1969
  45. Sachaai – Chaman (as Jhony Walkar)      1969
  46. Duniya – James Bond of India #009      1968
  47. Baazi – Actor      1968
  48. Dil Aur Mohabbat – Sampat      1968
  49. Haseena Maan Jayegi – Ghasitaram Aashiq      1968
  50. Kahin Din Kahin Raat – Actor      1968
  51. Mere Huzoor – Pyarelal Bedar      1968
  52. Shikar – Teju      1968
  53. Bahu Begum – Actor      1967
  54. Bride for a Night – Bansi      1967
  55. The Net – Actor      1967
  56. Nawab Sirazuddaula – Actor      1967
  57. Night in London – Actor      1967
  58. Palki – Sultan (as Johny Walker)      1967
  59. Wahan Ke Log – Actor      1967
  60. Suraj – Bhola      1966
  61. Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi – Chunnilal ‘Chunni’      1966
  62. Dil Diya Dard Liya – Murlidhar (as Johny Walker)      1966
  63. Mischief – Divan Chowdhary (as Johny Walker)      1966
  64. Pati Patni – Padampath      1966
  65. Preet Na Jane Reet – Actor      1966
  66. Sagaai – Actor      1966
  67. Bombay Race Course – Actor      1965
  68. Door Ki Awaaz – Motilal ‘Moti’ D. Rai      1964
  69. Shehnai – Actor      1964
  70. Ghar Basake Dekho – Actor      1963
  71. Mere Mehboob – Actor (as Johnny Walkar)      1963
  72. Phool Bane Angarey – Actor      1963
  73. Pyar Ka Bandhan – Bateshar (as Johny Walker)      1963
  74. Ustadon Ke Ustad – Babu      1963
  75. Aashiq – Actor      1962
  76. Baat Ek Raat Ki – C.I. Dholakia/’C.I.D.’      1962
  77. Chhote Nawab – Captain Kanchan      1961
  78. Suhag Sindoor – Professor Rasik Rasiya      1961
  79. Wanted – Actor      1961
  80. Mughal-E-Azam – Actor      1960
  81. Spring – Billoo Sanichar      1960
  82. Chaudhvin Ka Chand – Mirza Masaraddik Shaiza      1960
  83. Ek Phool Char Kaante – Uncle – Rock ‘N Roll Fanatic      1960
  84. Bhai-Bahen – Johnny – Jockey      1959
  85. Black Cat – Popat      1959
  86. Kaagaz Ke Phool – Rocky      1959
  87. Paigham – Nandu      1959
  88. Pehli Raat – Actor      1959
  89. Satta Bazaar – Jagat      1959
  90. Zara Bachke – Actor      1959
  91. 12 O’Clock – Motilal Sharma ‘Moti’      1958
  92. Aakhri Dao – Popat Lal Shah      1958
  93. Aji Bas Shukriya – Chandu      1958
  94. Amar Deep – Ustad      1958
  95. Chandan – Actor      1958
  96. Detective – John Butler      1958
  97. Homelife – Bankhe      1958
  98. Khota Paisa – Actor      1958
  99. Madhumati – Charandas (as Johny Walker)      1958
  100. Criminal – Pyarelal      1958
  101. Thirst – Abdul Sattar      1957
  102. Changez Khan – Actor      1957
  103. Ek-Saal – J.B. Pinto      1957
  104. Gateway of India – Johnny Walker      1957
  105. Johnny Walker – Actor      1957
  106. Mai Baap – Actor      1957
  107. Mr. X – Actor      1957
  108. Naya Daur – Anjana (Photographer)      1957
  109. Qaidi – Actor      1957
  110. Anjaan – Badri      1956
  111. Chhoo Mantar – Baijnath (Baiju)      1956
  112. Chori Chori – Shayar      1956
  113. C.I.D. – Master      1956
  114. Justice – Actor      1956
  115. Naya Andaz – Actor      1956
  116. Rajdhani – Actor      1956
  117. Samundari Daku – Actor      1956
  118. Shrimati 420 – Actor      1956
  119. Albeli – Actor      1955
  120. Bahu – Actor      1955
  121. Devdas – Chandramukhi’s patron      1955
  122. Jashan – Actor      1955
  123. Marine Drive – Johny      1955
  124. Mast Qalandar – Actor      1955
  125. Milap – Kalu      1955
  126. Miss Coca Cola – Actor      1955
  127. Mr. & Mrs. ’55 – Johny (as Johny Walker)      1955
  128. Musafirkhana – Actor      1955
  129. Railway Platform – Actor      1955
  130. Shahzada – Actor      1955
  131. Society – Actor      1955
  132. Aar-Paar – Rustom (as Johny Walker)      1954
  133. Barati – Actor      1954
  134. Lal Pari – Actor      1954
  135. Taxi Driver – Mastana      1954
  136. Aag Ka Dariya – Actor      1953
  137. Baaz – The Court Astrologer (as Johny Walker)      1953
  138. Thokar – Actor      1953
  139. Aandhiyan – Actor      1952
  140. Jaal – Actor (as Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi)      1952
  141. Baazi – Actor (as Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi)      1951

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