The Name Which Brings Smile In Ur Face -Johnny Walker
‘Badruddin Jamaluddin’ Kazi – ‘johnny walker’ as screen name (15 May 1923 – 29 July 2003)
Johnny Walker (real name Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi), the son of a textile mill worker was born on May15, 1923 in indore, India. He had a big 15 member family which was difficult to manage for his father,five of which died young.The family shifted to Bombay when the textile mill where his father used to work closed down. Badruddin tried his hands in many occupations which also included the job of a conductor in Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (B.E.S.T) buses.Though he was posted on several routes, he was mostly seen working on Dadar bus depot
His performance in Baazi (1951) got lots of praise hence Guru Dutt and Johnny Walker duo worked together in many further films. Some of those memorable films were C.I.D(1956) in which Johnny Walker played the Master, pickpocket and Pyaasa(1957) in which he played the masseur Abdul Sattar. Walker used to get one of best lines and hummable tunes in the Dutt’s films. Dutt and Walker often used to go for expeditions,who had become very good friends.
Johnny Walker kept getting popular day by day,and one day he got his own film,Johnny Walker(1957). Johnny Walker was approached by many more directors and he did some outstanding work in some of those films.Few of them were B.R.Chopra’s Naya Daur(1957), Bimal Roy’s Madhumati(1958) and K.Asif’s Mughal-E-Azam(1960). He was the leading man in many films like Chho Mantar(1956), Mr Qartoon M.A.(1958), Khota Paisa(1958). The latter two films broke all box-office records. He also did Mr John(1959), Zara Bachke(1959) and Rikshavala(1960) as a lead role. In the 60s, he began to fade out a bit due to the arrival of Mehmood onto the screen who took over the centre stage in the role of a comedian.Though,Walker kept working on further out of some of noteworthy performances were Shikar(1968) and Anand(1971) where for a change he was seen in a serious role which he performed with ease. His last performance came as a make-up artist in Kamal Hassan’s Chachi 420(1998), in which he was seen with a bottle of alcohol. Nothing else could had been a better end to his career.
Johnny Walker also had the privelege of winning filmfare awards.In 1959,he won filmfare award for best suppporting actor in Madhumati(1958) while in 1969,he won the best comedian filmfare award for the film Shikar(1968).