Synopsis: 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. Rajs character is heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplins 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.
Awards: 1956: Filmfare Award: Best Cinematographer: Radhu Karmakar, Best Editing: G.G Mayekar, 1956: Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film in Hindi
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