Directed by Raj Kapoor
Produced by Raj Kapoor
Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Starring Raj Kapoor,Nargis,Nadira
Music by Shankar-Jaikishan
Shree 420 (Hindi: श्री ४२०; translation: Sri 420, also transliterated as Shri 420) is a 1955 Hindi film, directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, and starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis. 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 cheat. The film centers on Raj, a poor but educated orphan who comes to Bombay with dreams of success. Kapoor’s character is influenced by Charlie Chaplin’s “little tramp”, much like Kapoor’s character in his 1951 Awaara. The music was composed by the team of Shankar Jaikishan, and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.
Shree 420 was the highest-grossing Indian film of 1955,and the song “Mera Joota Hai Japani” (“My Shoes are Japanese”), sung by Mukesh, became popular and a patriotic symbol of the newly independent India.